Often when we pray, we do so expecting that God will answer quickly and in the way that we desire. Well, reality tells us that this scenario is not always the way things play out.
Leading up to and at the recent Oral Bible Storytelling (OBS) workshop in Wewak, many prayers were offered for a variety of subjects. These prayers included getting the participants to and from the course safely and in a timely manner, good opportunities for the participants to learn the stories well, health and safety for those involved with the course as well as for family members who stayed behind in the villages, and a myriad of other things.
For one of the participants who was planning to attend the course, his wife and son were killed in a car accident just before the course began. We want people to be able to come and learn more of God’s Word, but this man was not able to come as he had many family issues that needed his attention.
For reasons we don’t fully know, transportation is a challenge for this particular group of language communities. At the beginning of this course, we didn’t even know if everyone would get to Wewak for the course. Through more prayer and a lot of communication with different drivers, trucks, and participants, they did arrive in Wewak, even though a few were a bit late.
As the time approached for the workshop to be completed, transportation again looked like it could be difficult. More prayers. Multiple attempts to contact drivers and trucks didn’t seem to give a solid workable plan. Things happen, but sometimes that can bring more stress.
Thursday morning arrived and there was one truck which could take half of the participants home. But, what about the other half? After a trip to town to contact drivers, there was still not a confirmed solution. It was getting getting later in the day. What to do? Prayers continued for a workable solution. One of the SPES team members walked out of the office to talk to those who remained about what the next plan should be, possibly to leave the next day. At that moment, a truck drove in and was ready to take the rest of the group home. God heard our cries! Thank you, Lord.
The participants did work diligently to learn several Christmas related stories that they are now able to take back and share in their villages. Some of these people seem to face some roadblocks when they take the Bible stories back to share. Please pray earnestly that God’s Word could break through the roadblocks and that these stories would have great impact in their communities.