Madagaskar: A leap of faith

A leap of faith

Hiermee Lynette van Madagaskar se weeklikse nuusflits vir julle inligting en voorbidding asb. Hulle uitdagings bly groot en ons kan maar net glo dat Dries binnekort weer by die huis kan wees (hy is amper al vir ‘n jaar in SA vasgevang!!!!).

A leap of faith by lynettemadanews
I always say that life in Madagascar constantly feels as if you move a couple of steps backwards for every step that you advance.  When you look at the big picture though, one can see that there is progress and growth and all of it by God’s grace. There has been a couple of retreating steps lately: In anticipation of Dries’ return, we made some inquiries from Internal Affairs and were told that Dries will be required to pay 5 million Ariary (R25 000) before they will accept a new application from him.  This is quite clearly an enormous bribe and simply shows how deep this country has sunk into corruption.  The new teacher for Ampamata who I was so exited about, won’t be joining the team after all and that leaves us in a predicament.  The land for the school turned out to be very small and in order to make it work, we’ll have to build double storey which makes it very expensive.  As Euphrasie and I stood on that ground for the first time, I said to her that this project with require a lot of faith to which she reacted with, “More like a giant leap of faith!”.  And right there, we had our theme for this year, “A leap of faith”. This expression is not found in the Bible, but was coined by Kierkegaard as a metaphor for belief in God.  We cannot see God with our eyes, we must have faith that He exists.  I found this apt definition:  “A leap of faith is an act of believing in or attempting something whose existence or outcome cannot be proved or known and lies outside the boundaries of reason”.  To exercise our Christian faith often requires taking a risk, but that does not mean that a biblical step of faith is a “blind” one.  Our faith is supported and soundly so, by God’s promises in His Word.  Therefore, we are not simply leaping into the great unknown without a thought.  Still, putting our faith into action is often scary.  It usually requires that we leave our comfort zone.  Peter abandoned the safety and comfort of the boat and walked on the water with Jesus.  Jesus said, “Come.”, and Peter showed child like faith. We are to “walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7)   And it is backed up by God’s Word.  Paul often used the words, “I am convinced….”.  This shows a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.  We are not stepping out in faith out of the hope that maybe His promises are true.  We are to be fully assured of these things.  That is real faith. When I looked at the children’s faces when school re-opened two weeks ago, I was overcome with emotion by the thought of the unknown.  I have to constantly battle to rid myself of “the deer in the head lights” scenario.  Fear is paralysing and dishonours God.First day of school was the usual chaos.  Parents coming to beg for a place for their children despite being told numerous times that there was none.  Piles and piles of exercise books, new back packs and shoes. And of course the 3-year olds.  This year there were many among them who cried non-stop. A proud father accompanying his twin boys, but as soon as he had left, then started howling.   Little Jamie, backed up against the wall and refused to move.20210914_08153420210914_081510    20210914_08104320210914_081640   This new 5- year old boy decided to dress in such a way that he’ll shine from the start….Please pray with us as we seek God’s will for this new school year and our future in Madagascar.  May God strengthen us to stand firm amidst those seemingly “retreating“ steps which are nothing more than the trials of the Christian life.  We pray that we will endure in the hope of God’s promises.