On Saturdays, I pray for missionaries. John and Jenny Maxwell have been on my prayer list for my entire life. They attended Elim Bible Institute with my parents and became missionaries in Africa. My dad joined the staff at Elim as the maintenance man and stayed there for several years.
Another couple, who are friends of my parents, are David and Joed Hill in Paraguay. They have a daughter my age who married and remained on the mission field serving with her parents.
These couples have spent the last 50 years serving in other countries. I’ve spent my adult life in this small town. I am not serving as a pastor of a church or traveling from town to town evangelizing. I just point people to Jesus.
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When the children of Israel were in the battle with the inhabitants of Ai, Joshua was their leader. Did he lead the charge? No, he just pointed his sword.
Joshua 8:26, “Joshua did not draw back his hand with the stretched-out sword until he destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai.” Modern English Version
The cross-references for this verse are Exodus 17:11-13.
Exodus 17:11-13, “Now when Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, but when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.
(12) But Moses’ hands became heavy. So they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. And his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
(13) So Joshua laid low Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.” Modern English Version
Joshua knew what happened when Moses let down his hand! He knew he had to hold his position. (Although, the enemy that got close to him were soon dispatched!)
Pray and point. That’s what I do. Sometimes, it’s harder to stay in one place holding your position but it is the only way to win the battle.
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