Grace In Every Detail
June 21, 2011
|Robert & Mark surrounded by FOH primary students|
The Lucases intended to lead a team of 10 on a mission trip to Sudan and Uganda and spend 13 of those days with us. The Lord used finances, as He often does, to redirect the mission. Kathy is with 4 young women, in Romania, ministering to the poor, orphaned, and hungry. Mark has finished his time in Sudan and is with us here in Jinja.
|Mark shares with FOH high school students|
Grace went one way to spend a few minutes with Jeffrey. Mark and I went another way so that he could speak to about 80 students at the high school. We both felt like the Lord, by His Spirit, was working in the hearts of the students and we left rejoicing. Mark spoke about "soil" and how nothing needs to be done with the "seed" of the Gospel of the Kingdom, but the soil needs to be cultivated and found good for the seed to produce. Each student needs to consider the condition of their hearts; whether it is stoney, hard, or weedy ... or good and ready for the Seed.
|Mark & Robert together at Mikes repair shop|
After just a few minutes of greeting and enjoying each other, we sat down and the conversation turned serious and significant. Robert's dad knows the Scriptures and was, at one time, very serious with the Lord. But, his love for alcohol and women resulted in a "fall" ... his words ... and we found him being as honest with us as possible. Mark, Grace, and I took turns expressing the love and grace of Jesus for Mike. Robert was very quiet. Robert has long experienced freedom from the abuse of his father during his growing up years. His father had even sold him for a bottle of beer when Robert was about 13 years old! And, he was physically beaten and verbally abused throughout his whole life at home. He found forgiveness to be the threshold of freedom.
|Grace displays the glory of Jesus to Mike|
The conversation soon left English behind and moved forward in Lugandan. I marveled at the plan of God to bring Grace along for what I thought was an opportunity to only connect with her son before surgery, but turned out to be to use her as the key instrument to sow seed on the soil of Mike's heart. Soon, he was confessing his need for Jesus to cleanse him. He yielded his life to Christ. Robert's eyes were leaking and his father's eyes were leaking ... and, of course, so were mine. Robert told me later that he simply found himself crying, but didn't know why since he never cries. And, when I asked if his father cries, he laughed, shook his head and said NO! The work of God's Spirit can lubricate, not only our hearts, but our eyes.
|Grace & Mark bringing Jesus to a needy woman|
Kathy ... thanks for sharing Mark with us. We are blessed and Uganda is blessed. Thanks for loving Jesus more than your own life and being committed to expressing the Kingdom of God in Romania. Many here are praying that God will heal you from the cancer attacking your body.