Mike Schrage, Executive Director
Would you praise God if you had four surgeries in five weeks, could not remember two weeks of your life, and had several organs temporarily shut down? What if you were a refugee who had lived in a rented apartment for three years because you had to flee and leave your home, the office you built, and the staff you invested in for years? Would you praise God if your budget was drastically reduced, your staff was cut in half, and you dealt with constant concerns of government instability?
The paradox of the Christian life is that we can praise God even when the world around us would see absolutely no reason whatsoever to do so. One of our ministry partners from Eurasia recently shared the above challenges as victories in 2016!
He wrote, “The main lesson I received in practice, not in theory, is how amazing our Lord is. His work is revealed in the ways that probably sound like an oxymoron to people who do not know Him. His strength comes in weakness. His peace comes in the midst of troubles. His guidance comes in turmoil.”
Instead of expressing discouragement and defeat, this brother shared with joy and confidence that despite all the struggles God blessed the growth of His Kingdom in 2016 as significantly as in any previous year.
Doesn’t that remind you of the Apostle Paul?
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” — 2 Corinthians 12:8-10 (NKJV)
We praise God for the victories He brings us through trials.