Liberda Prayer Journal – August 17, 2012
We are grateful to the Lord for His grace and provision to us these last six weeks as we traveled to New Mexico. We cannot express enough how much we appreciate the prayers and support of all of you…and especially our home church in New Mexico and our C&MA leadership, who both extended great help upon our delay. We are excited to report that we are scheduled to depart on August 22nd with an arrival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on the 24th. This puts us in-country just in time for the start date of the kids’ school, which is the 27th.
If there is one truth that has resonated with us in these past couple of months, it is that God knows best, and His plan is always perfect–even when it does not conform to our thinking and wishes. We have always known this, but have more recently been challenged to experience it in a very tangible way as our circumstances have daily reminded us of Isaiah 55:8-9: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Knowing this makes it easier to relinquish our plans and wishes to Him, understanding also that “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines His steps” (Proverbs 16:9). Though God changed our course and reordered our steps for a time, we can see clearly how this was the better way, the higher way. We give praise to God for His amazing grace and mercy to prepare us in His time.
It is an honor for us to serve in Mongolia, and we are blessed to have the prayers and support of so many of you as we go. We look forward to further fruit from the Mongolian harvest fields as we serve together to expand His kingdom and fulfill His great commission with our team. Please continue to pray for our family and ministry through the days and weeks ahead as we make new adjustments back to life and ministry in Mongolia.
- Pray for us as we move into an apartment in Ulaanbaatar, our new city of residence for our second term in Mongolia. Our belongings are still in Darhan, so this will leave us disjointed for a time as we make this “move” upon our return.
- Pray for us as we step into ministries similar to those we were involved with our first term, but in a whole new context. These will primarily include teaching and leadership training and family and counseling ministries.
- Pray for our children as they adjust to a new school. This will be a BIG adjustment to a school in which their lessons will be in English but most of the student body is Mongolian.
- Pray for safe and smooth travel and flexibility with whatever might come our way as we head to the other side of the world.
As always, thanks so much for your partnership and prayers! Check out our website at its new address for additional information and specific ways to partner with us through prayer, care, finances, short terms teams, and ongoing connectedness. Our website is now at this address (.com changed to ,info): www.LiberdaFamily.info