In 2013, Sam and I traveled throughout the recently opened island country of Sri Lanka where we found a people and leaders passionate to explore their newly found freedom. Even though the damages from decades of war were everywhere, it was obvious that healing had begun.
We had many private and personal conversations where local pastors would share intimately about their involvement in the conflict. We heard of the stories that resulted in loss, helplessness and destruction. But we were also told of the stories of hope and how Jesus was changing their hearts. Over and over we were asked to return and share more about how to read and study the Bible.
I returned home with a desire to work with the local leaders that Sam had been developing relationships with for many years to someday help open a Bible school. Just about every conversation I had with you all regarding our trip ended with an emphatic, “God is on the move in Sri Lanka and we need to be working there!”
And once again, God let me learn the hard way that patience is a virtue. His answer wasn’t no, it was not yet. Looking back, we realized that we weren’t ready, and neither was Sri Lanka. That was four long years ago.
So as we prepare to board a lane and return to this beautiful island, I ask for your prayers for wisdom, connections and relationships. God has been stirring hearts over here for a long time. We are asking that we will meet up with those leaders who have a similar passion as we do. Stayed tuned, because this is going to be a great new adventure!