“Be not dismayed whate’er betide, God will take care of you.” This line, from a famous hymn of the church, truly resonates today. As Brotherhood prepares for their NYC tour, Satan tried his best to hinder the ministry. He placed roadblocks, sickness, feelings of despair, tragedy, frustration and any other obstacle he could find.
While Brotherhood has exercised the 3 “Ps” (plan, practice and pray), we’ve encountered several experiences in the past few weeks that we consider a “wake up call”. Johns’ wife narrowly escaped a serious car accident and, miraculously, suffered no injury to herself or the vehicle! Mel’s mother-in-law became gravely ill but, Praise God, she has rallied to a more comfortable & stable condition. And, Phil came home one night to discover his garage door badly damaged and needing major repair/replacement. Finally, a very close brother in Christ lost his daughter-in-law to cancer last week. She was in her early 30’s and left a husband and a 2 year old child.
These are the “storms of life” that make us strong and hold on to Him. Jesus Christ never promised that the road would be easy but He did say, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” We truly thank God for His protection, comfort and reassurance. Satan does not want the gospel message proclaimed but we know the Word of God does not return void. Satan has been defeated and totally failed to dampen Brotherhood’s spirit, desire and excitement to forge ahead. We truly know that God has great things in store for the Big Apple area!
So… as we go, please keep us in your prayers. 1 Peter 2:17