When things go wrong, as they sometimes will.
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill.
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
For life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyone of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow.
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to the faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup.
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out-
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are.
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit.
It’s when things seem worse, that you must not quit.
Micah and Kathryn Rastelli will be starting deputation going to the country of Bosnia. Micah served as deacon of Vision Baptist Church, in the children’s ministry and is a graduate of the Our Generation Training Center.
Miguel and Mariangela Sanabria will be starting deputation going to the country of Colombia. Miguel served as the Spanish Pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA as well as in Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Cartersville, GA. Both Miguel and his wife are graduates of the Our Generation Training Center.
Joshua, after being told by God, tells certain men, one of each tribe, to pick up each one a stone from the Jordan for a memorial, a sign, for both you and for your children that will come after and ask about what happened. What a excellent concept, take from the middle of the river (the object that needed to be crossed, only thing standing between them and the land God had for them to possess) and make a memorial for them to remember the miracle as well as share with their children and the generations to come all that God had done. And in one sense, we should have memorials in our life as to remember what God has done, how faithful He has been, how He has led us thru both good, bad and difficult times. Not only memorials so that we can look back and say, wow, I remember that moment and God’s goodness, but also so that we can tell our children and grandchildren how great our God is and has been.
How awesome is it that the manna ceased “on the morrow after they had eaten of the old cord of the land” (vs. 12). The never had manna again but did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan. For forty years God had given them this God sent substance and now that they are in the promised land, God gives them other food. They had food from Egypt, manna in the desert, and now food in Canaan. God’s timing was more than perfect, He never missed a beat. And we worry about tomorrow or the future about what is going to happen, but God has never failed and never will. We are told to not worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34) and that God gives us our daily bread (Matthew 6:11). God has our future in His hands, He has it planned out and it will work out, His timing is perfect and his provision is perfect. The Psalmist said in Psalm 37:25 that he had been young and now is old but has not seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread. God takes care of us. We may get hungry, worried or not know what is going to happen, but trust Him because God’s provision is perfect and timing is exact.
Time has flown and God has been good. Our lives have changed so much from the previous assignment our God gave us. From Argentina we have been transferred to Alpharetta, GA. In these few years, God has opened doors in which we can preach, teach, recruit new missionaries, represent and encourage. God has been good! Our wonderful mission board has grown and we are excited to jump back online and start sharing all that God has and is doing. Thanks for taking the time to check us out!
Here to Serve,
Jeff and Mindy Bush and family
I am writing everyone to tell them of the recent decision my wife and I have made. For a few months now, we have felt like the Lord was making some changes in our hearts although we were not positive what they were. The Lord has allowed us to be missionaries with Macedonia for 12 years (8 years in Argentina, about 2 in Peru and 1.5 on deputation) and for much time we thought we would live our lives in Argentina. We love the people and are thankful for the many blessings the Lord has allowed us to see there, but we believe the Lord is now pulling our hearts from Argentina. Our move now will be to transition from Argentina and return to the US where we will serve as the director of Vision Baptist Missions and begin traveling from there. Although we will be taking some steps to transition smoothly from Argentina and other areas, we plan on making the move and begin working in the next month or two. We ask that you pray for us in this step, the biggest step we have taken in our lives. We are excited and count it a great honor to begin this new phase of ministry.
Since this decision was just made last week, we have a lot of responsibilities to take care of to make this transition correctly and with integrity. Of course we spoke with our pastor before going forward and from there talked to Macedonia World Baptist Missions whom we have worked with and appreciate greatly. I spoke personally with the president of Macedonia and the directors as well as went before the board of Macedonia. I have tried to call the majority of our pastors that support us although I still need to get ahold of some. A letter was sent yesterday or today to our supporting churches letting them know of our decision and asking them to pray about supporting us through and into this new phase of ministry. I have called Argentina and the pastors there know of our decision. We are grateful for the 4 churches the Lord has allowed us to have part of seeing started in Argentina and praise the Lord for the maturity and godliness of the pastors as they take steps forward advancing for God.
I leave you with my cell phone number to call for any questions or anything that I can do to help with. We covet your prayers right now and we greatly appreciate the many friends and churches that have been so good to us through the years. I am also attaching the letter that was sent to our supporting pastors. Again, this decision has only been within the last week, so I beg for your understanding if you have not received a letter or word from us. We believe this step will allow us to do more for the cause of Christ and the spreading of His Word and ask you to pray as we go forward for Him.
Here to Serve,
Jeff and Mindy Bush and family
Just recently I had breakfast with a man who has been pastor of two churches, an evangelist and has started a Bible College. He is a well-respected and godly man. Over breakfast, I had the privilege to ask him many questions and at one point he began to share with me about responsibilities a man of God needs to hold high… so here they are:
- Committed to the Word of God – dig out and study the Word
- Available to people – he is a servant and minister and must have a ministers heart
- Preach hard but not angry, rather loving, encouraging and exhorting
- Evangelism – win others personally, emphasize it in the church
- Building families – strong churches are built on strong families
- You can not have people stronger than your own family is – keep your home in order
- Gentle with leadership – don’t try and “rule”, just lead gently
- Concern for what people need. Listen to people. People want to know they are appreciated
- Allow for failure – I fail, so let them fail.
Here to Serve,