Posted by: macahajo | September 13, 2015

walking along the road

We spent last week at our organization’s Africa division conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Besides our city team and national partner (pictured below) flying across the continent from Cameroon, others traveled from Congo, Zambia, Liberia, and America.

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We worshiped together, heard messages from several ReachGlobal leaders, as well as participated in seminars regarding our first years on the mission field and another session on when helping hurts, (based on the book with the same title).

We heard many testimonies of what God is doing in Africa, in and through the lives of our ReachGlobal colleagues and national ministry partners. We were blessed to see people who we met many years ago when we didn’t even know God would take us back to Africa, and we enjoyed meals and conversations with others who we were getting to know for the very first time. It was so good to have time together with staff and national partners who serve on the continent of Africa, and other staff who serve in the home office in Minneapolis, who minister to us in so many ways.

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Kevin Komplein, the EFCA President, (pictured above) shared from Deuteronomy 4 during our first morning session.

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

He talked of our responsibility to the next generation; to equip them, to live in intimacy with God, to obey Him, to lead well, and to set an example for others coming after them.

We want to be intentional about investing in the next generation. I reflected on those whom the Lord has put in my life, starting with my children and then extending beyond the walls of our home into the lives of others.

Investing in the next generation can only happen as we intentionally seek to live and grow in intimacy with Jesus.  As Christ followers, we know that there is a battle going on that we can’t see and an enemy that wants to destroy. And the Lord instructed us in Deuteronomy 4 to be careful and watch ourselves closely. 

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Please pray for our family today; that we would draw ever closer to Jesus, and that we would guard our hearts and minds. Pray for Mark and I, as we seek to intentionally disciple our children and others whom the Lord puts in our lives.  Pray that we would make a difference for the next generation and others around us, for the Lord’s glory.

In Christ, Cathy Lynn


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