Being on the mission field has taught us so much, one of it is that nothing happens by chance and all we receive is from Him and therefore we should always rejoice. It is just amazing how Paul said it in the “most difficult” times. Well I thought it was difficult times and always amazed when reading this as I am so focussed on just getting through “difficult times” so the Lord can bless me. That was until I read an article about blessings from the Lord.
I was amazed after reading what the Lord tells us what blessings are. You can read it for yourself in Matt.5. We are all so familiar with the sermon on the mount. Blessed are the pour in spirit, those that mourn, those that are meek and it goes on and describe every little “difficult” time we can think of. The light went on!!! We are blessed. Paul knew he was blessed and I am sure he enjoyed every minute of it. I look at it completely different now. Material things are not a blessing but most of the time a burden hehe.
I am so discouraged reading missionary letters on how they struggle and how difficult things are ( I am not saying to not keep our supporters up to date) but not all the time complaining. We are not special people!!! We don’t deserve more care than others!!!. How can we complain about circumstances if it is the Lord our Father who loves us and want to bless us, bring these circumstances on our way. We have our challenges but so do each one of you back home or in your home country! Please pray for us that we will see the Lord’s hand in every situation and be content and rejoice in all circumstances. Reading some of missionary letters make me sometimes ask where is the Lord in all this? Let’s shine Christ unto this broken world. Let’s show them that we have faith that everything that comes our way is from Him and we will use it for His glory. Let’s show them we are planted next to the rivers that makes us grow and bear great fruit through all circumstances.
On that note, we are preparing soon to go on furlough to South Africa. We are excited to see how the Lord will use us during this time. Please don’t hesitate to invite us to come visit or talk at your church or group. Even if we have to travel lots or live out of suitcases. We are willing and able! For further details please contact Peter Thomas from our church at +27113962672 or +27823617580. So many things happened during our last term on the field and we would love to share this with all of you! We are not coming to South Africa to raise support, the Lord will do that automatically hehe but we go back to share, encourage, and most importantly glorify Him for He is worthy!!!!
May God truly bless you all 🙂
Philip for the le Roux’s