Recently, God has been speaking to me about Noah. (Yes, I believe that God speaks to us, but that's a different topic that I'd love to discuss with you another time.) For those of you who don't know, Noah is the guy in the Bible who built the ark and had all those pet animals. The conversation between Noah and God that day would have maybe gone like this:
"I'm going to need you to build an ark because I am going to drown everything and everybody on the planet except you and your wife and your sons and their wives. I'm also going to need you to round up two of every kind of animal that exists and bring them on your ark with you. Make sure you bring enough food."
"Thank you, Noah."
Noah shifts uneasily."Uh, God?"
"What' an ark?"
And so on and so forth. At that point in the Bible, no one had ever seen a boat, let alone an ark. In fact, it's likely that no one had ever seen rain, let alone a flood. But Noah built the ark, smack in the middle of the desert, and he rounded up the animals and somehow got them all on the ark, and then, eighty years or so later, the rain came as God promised.
All of this is pretty crazy, but here's the thing: Out of Noah's faith came his obedience to God, and his obedience resulted in life on earth.
I want faith like that; I want my faith to bring life to the earth. I think that that is exactly what I have an opportunity to see here on this Discipleship Training School. We have 17 students who are all incredible individuals, and I am believing, in faith, that every one of them goes on outreach this quarter. We have already seen God provide about $2000 so that some of the students could stay to begin lecture this week. I am believing, in faith, that we will see incredible, miraculous, undeniable moves of God in both of our outreach locations, India and West Africa. We want to see people set free, children spoken for, and voices of the voiceless made known to the world.
Please pray that I have increased faith - faith like Noah's.