Hello Everyone! Another week has passed here at New Tribe Bible Institute. The weather is getting chilly and last night we had a loud and crackling thunderstorm! Mark and I have finally finalized our prayer cards and are now available upon request. We have also reapplied for Food Stamps, so please be in prayer that we’ll be accepted for the program, since food is running a little bit scarce haha. I didn’t realize how much more a man almost twice the size of me ate! I’ve been branching out on my cooking lately: I have successfully baked zucchini-carrot bread (recipe borrowed from Jinnah), cranberry muffins, and I used my skill and turned the leftovers from food cart into a tasty Tex-Mex fiesta meal! I am also learning to remain content in that I cannot be the perfect chef in a short amount of time, for example, Mark has had to help me make tuna.
Please also be in prayer as Mark and I make decisions about my becoming a Canadian citizen. Citizenship would help us gain access to more countries (as missionaries) and Canada gives free health care to missionaries no matter what country they live in! Isn’t that a blessing! The downside is that this will cost several thousand dollars and will take over 4 years. Mark’s sponsorship application has to be accepted first, then my permanent residency paperwork, after that’s accepted I have to live in Canada for three years before I can apply for citizenship. Somewhere in there I also have to apply for a work visa. So it’s a little frustrating at how much time and effort will be going into this whole process. Mark and I received a monetary gift in the mail so I did manage to apply for a new passport this week, new name and all. Woohoo!
My younger sister, Jordann, will be visiting Mark and I during our Thanksgiving break. She’ll come for a few days while class is still in session, and when classes end on the 25th we’ll skidaddle out of Jackson and drive to Durham, Ontario to visit Mark’s family. We’re so excited for her to visit!
Our classes for the second block are about to end. Our current classes are Missions in Church History, Romans, and Hebrews and the classes for the third block are 1 & 11 Peter, Romans (still), and Family Relationships. Mark’s elective on Financial Management has ended and he is now taking Acts and the Romans World. Soon I will join him in the Ruth/Song of Solomon/Ecclesiastes elective.
This past week has been overwhelming because of all the amazing truths being taught to us. We finished chapter 6 of Romans with the knowledge that we can choose not to yield to sin anymore, and that we are now slaves to righteousness. Going through chapter 7 has been beneficial to understand that we have also died and are no longer bound to the Law through Christ’s death. We learned how the Law reveals and increases our sin which produces death. In Romans 7:18, Paul is in agony because of the conflict between his new nature and his sin nature (his flesh). He now has a desire to do good and wants to, but continues to give into his flesh (notice how many times he says “I” and “me”). He finally comes to the end of himself and cries “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Romans 7:24). But the next verse immediately explains how only God, the Deliverer, can deliver us, and He has and will! It has been such a relief and encouragement to come to the understanding that God comes into me and overcomes sin as I yield to Him. Though I am positionally delivered from sin, since my flesh still remains I have to continue every moment walking according to the Spirit (Romans 8:4).
Wow, I cannot continue to write how much I am learning through our classes. I wish everyone is able to come to NTBI and take this class. I guess just one more encouraging verse would be Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” Knowing that this verse is true for me, a believer (one who is called and who loves God), is amazing! No matter what happens in my life, whether good or bad in my eyes, God can take it and turn my lemon into lemonade! His good is to use circumstances in life to conform us to the image of His Son. So during times of suffering or difficulty I can remember that God is just and sovereign and He has promised this to me.
Alright, Mark says I need to get back to homework.
- To give thanks to God in every circumstance
- That we would allow ourselves to be transparent so others can disciple us
- That we can be good stewards of God’s time
- Mark and I went on a lovely date to the dollar theater (to watch Up!) and Culver’s ice cream
- (Lauren’s praise) for rain and thunderstorms!
- Random gifts of food (from moose meat to pork chops and frozen berries)