Back to Normal…… Sort Of

Posted: October 4, 2014 by Lenny in Egbe, Egbe Hosptial, Lenny Miles, Miles In Missions, Missionaries, Prayer

willSince returning back home to Nigeria from our three week break, a few things have changed. Most significantly for myself, I have been asked to take the role of Construction Manager. This has happened for several reasons;                    –The role just fits me better. With my past experiences in building new homes and other construction experiences, this is where God can use me most.                                                  –We had to say goodbye to our friend and Samaritans Purse Construction Manager, William King. William had served two and a half years in this role, but he is moving on to another part of Africa.                                                                       –New missionary Rick Bradford and his wife, Martha, arrived less than six weeks ago. Rick has become the new Maintenance Supervisor, filling my vacant role. He has extensive maintenance experience with a large steel company in Canada.

teamSo, along with change come new challenges. Work has gotten much more demanding for me. I feel the pressure coming from all around. Some of it is brought on by myself, but other things are external forces that seem to weigh me down. The pressure of running a multi-million dollar project, accounting, ordering, directing, and managing, all the while trying to make sure no one is stealing or cheating, is exhausting! The thoughts of, “I’ve got to do all of this myself!”, has really started to creep into my thinking.

In addition to the construction, our Family has been on the ground serving in Egbe for the longest, just 13 months. People many times look to us for answers to questions that we have no answers to. Our missionary community has grown leaps and bounds since we first arrived. In August of last year, there were only three other full time missionaries on ground, now there are 12 plus our family. This is great, but along with it comes its own challenges. We all live within a one and a half acre area, where we serve, live, work, and on most weekends eat together. Everyone has different demands, opinions, needs, and life experiences that can be challenging.

All of this is happening while we are trying to keep our families healthy and happy. We also hope that God is glorified through it all.

Screen Shot 2014-10-04 at 4.10.25 PMWait… wait just a minute! This doesn’t sound right. Aren’t we taught as Christians that we should glorify God first, take care of our family second, and thirdly take care of work? Why is it that everyday I have this order reversed? Even while writing this blog, I have done the list backwards. Work first, family second, and then God. What is wrong with this picture? What does it all mean?

I don’t say all of these things to complain or seek sympathy, but just to simply say that we are all human. Some people seem to put missionaries on a “spiritual pedestal”, but in reality we are just like everyone else. We can all let our circumstances drive us. In the process, we can easily leave God out of it and try to control it ourselves. This isn’t God’s plan for our lives. He wants us to seek him first and then all else will fall in place. Including our families and work.

I was challenged by our small group here in Egbe to make sure that I am seeking God first. Truly it’s made a difference in a few days already. Things that I’ve wanted to get off of my to-do list are getting done, emails rolling off my fingertips, and other administrative stuff getting plowed through. Sometimes, even with a little time left over for fun! How can you allow God into your life to take away the weight of your to do’s? Seek him, ask him, and watch what he can do in your life. He loves you enough to take it from you!

Please continue to pray for our family. Dry season is approaching and the heat and dust can be extremely uncomfortable. This can add stress and irritability, so continue to pray for us to put God first through it all

 

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Comments
  1. Jolene Eicher says:

    Lenny I appreciate the transparency and honesty in sharing your struggle and your hope. God hears your heart . I will pray for you to remember to invite God into the work that each day brings. I pray He will refresh your spirit with the knowledge that unless “God builds the house – they build it in vain”. To be as content in what cannot be accomplished as what is able to be accomplished- knowing it is all, every bit, in His hands. Love you so much and thank- you for all you do!

  2. Garrison Polsgrove says:

    Lenny,
    Here is my prayer for your and your family: Lord, thank you for Lenny and his love for you. I pray that you give him the sensitivity to hear your voice, the discernment to guide his family, and the wisdom to lead his contstruction team. May your voice to be loud with in him and would you give him the courage to obey your guiding voice even when it’s difficult. Remind him that you are ultimately in control and you are working even when we don’t see it. May Lenny remember that he is merely a vessel in which you use and may he release to you on a daily basis the work of the hospital. Continue to use him to be an example of a servant who is dependent on You and would his attitude reflect his complete trust in You.
    In Jesus name, Amen!

  3. Peter Jackson says:

    Hi Lenny We have been following your blog since it began with great interest because of our own association with Egbe Hospital. However until now I haven’t commented or replied direct. Your most recent post resonates very strongly with my own experience at Egbe that I felt I must e-mail you. Your journey has some similarities to yours. We arrived in Egbe in 1971 with 2 children and finally left in 1978 with 4 plus a rich collection of experiences which have influenced our life thereafter and continue to do so. We have visited a few times, the last being in 2010 as part of an in depth assessment team which included folk from SP and which really marked the taking off point. We have been amazed and delighted to see what God has done since and the people who have become a part of the revitalization process. Life at Egbe is many ways similar to 40 years ago yet radically different in others. You’re right about priorities – get them right and keep checking! Be encouraged! What you and your family are doing is immeasurably worthwhile. Every blessing Peter

  4. azteccf says:

    Hi Lenny. Wonderfully refreshing reading your email this morning. Exactly parallels what God was giving me early this morning. How often do we come to him as a last resort, instead of coming to him first. Lenny, I am reminded this morning to give the Holy Spirit the battle. He is capable.

    Reading this morning in I Samuel 14:6 Jonathan, to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors, or only a few!” I didn’t know this. The Israelites did not have any swords or weapons made of steel. The Philistines had prevented that. Jonathan heads off in faith.

    From a wonderful post from my sister Maribeth on Facebook this morning. “God will never give you more than you can handle.” What a load of crap. He always gives us more than we can handle, because he wants us to have faith. It is His battle. Not Jonathan’s. So, Holy Spirit we come to you this morning and give you the battle. We give you the list. Is yours to accomplish. Yours to win. This we ask in your name, Jesus. Sent from Jim’s iPhone

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  5. Kate Hadassah says:

    Father,we are grateful for the missionaries that you inspired to come down here to help,please Father we are praying for them,help them,let them know you the more,and let your name be glorified in their lives.AMEN!

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