The Lord often provides for His missionaries – and all His children – through ministering caregivers. His provision is through those Isaiah 32 elements listed in the last posting: a shelter from the wind, a refuge from the storm, streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock. And, as He provides, there are four results found in the sheltering haven of encouragement.
Isaiah 32 lists these results as:
“Eyes of those who see will no longer be closed.” Sometimes in the midst of a cross-cultural, stressful environment, a sheltering haven allows the missionary to see, with an awareness, his surroundings. God provides God-sightings, open eyes, and acute cultural sensitivity. The eyes are no longer closed.
“The ears of those who listen will hear.” While in a sheltering haven, the ears are opened to hear God’s still small voice of comfort and guidance. There is the ability to be a proactive listener in conversations with others, as well as the ability to hear the nuances of meaning in the new language of the missionary.
“The stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.” Language learning is a continual struggle for a new missionary. But, with a sheltering haven the tongue flows after the opportunity to re-group, re-focus, re-learn, and rehearse.
Perhaps the greatest result of providing a sheltering haven is best described in Isaiah’s own words in verse 18, of chapter 32: “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.”
Will you partner with us in providing a Sheltering Haven to those who serve in Europe?