Friday, 10 March 2017

My Latest Challenge

I enjoy challenges. Usually I enjoy them more after I've seen a positive outcome than I do leading up to facing them. But I'm always amazed at how God orchestrates things. I must say I have not often been disappointed during my time in this Alpha ministry. There have been times I have been very nervous about some upcoming event or task, and spent much agonizing time in prayer, but when I look back I'm amazed at how well things worked out. I think it must be because it was God's will that they work out the way they did. It could have been a major event, an appointment with a church leader or just walking up to a church door making a cold call.

One thing that comes to mind is an idea I took from one of Jan Karon's Mitford books; that is, In any situation, if I don't know specifically what to pray, I can merely pray, "Thy will be done." It's the prayer that always works.

Another thing is that I sometimes seem to wake up in the middle of the night, greatly worried over something, and pleading to God in prayer, but everything seems better in the light of the next day. I wonder if that is the basis of the saying, "It's always darkest just before the dawn." Or, as the Bible puts it;
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:5b)
So... the challenge noted in the title above...

I just committed this week to run a training session for an Alpha in Mandarin. First time ever. I have some time - it's not until June - but that, hopefully, will give me time to think it through, get it straight in my mind and line up the resources I will need. Anita, the course administrator, has promised to provide an interpreter and Alpha does indeed have training videos subtitled in simplified Chinese characters, which Mandarin-speaking people understand. I will obviously use them, but I think the group, as do any who have never run Alpha before, will appreciate a personal presence for clarification and additional insight. I also have a couple of local Chinese Alpha coaches I can draw on for help.

So perhaps you'll join me in praying, in this and in all other challenges, "Thy will be done."

Blessings,

John

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