Written by Hannah Hume, Bhutanese Teens Ministry Coordinator
“I planted, Apollos watered, but it is God who has been making it grow” 1 Corinthians 3:6
In life, things rarely go as planned. This can be really frustrating sometimes, especially in a ministry context. We pray, we envision and dream, we set out plans, and we walk in faithfulness in order to see our plans through. We want to see the vision the Lord has given us become a reality. However, along the way things happen that are completely outside of our control.
We can faithfully share the gospel using the best methods man can devise but we have no control over whether our audience receives our message. We can invest in students' lives, only to find out that their family has decided to move to another state. We can plan a great field trip and then find ourselves sick in bed, unable to lead the trip. Things are constantly shifting and changing, and it can be very easy to become discouraged when things don’t seem to be turning out the way we had hoped. This is one of the reasons that prayer is SO important.
Prayer is one of our core values at Mission Adelante. We believe that prayer is the most important work in ministry and that our mission depends upon the power and work of the Holy Spirit in individual lives, in our community, and in all of our circumstances.
This doesn’t mean that when we pray, God suddenly makes everything easy and in accord with our exact preferences (although He may). What it does, is remind us of our place in the world. As Paul so aptly explained to the Corinthians “God makes the seed grow”. He is in control. He is working out His plan--a plan He lets us join Him in. He doesn't ask us to make things happen, he just asks us to faithfully walk according to His leading, and let Him do the rest. This truth can give us freedom from disappointment and energy to do the work He has given us, knowing the results are up to Him!
Would you join us in praying for our KCK neighborhood? Pray that God would carry out His plan for this city, and that we would be faithful to follow his lead.