The country where we have been serving for over 12 years is currently in a state of chaos. A massive social uprising began on October 19, supposedly due to a rise in subway fare, but that was obviously just the spark that lit the flame. Since then, life has become decidedly more uncertain here. People do not go out at night, avoid certain
areas, and are in a constant state of “alert”.
Unfortunately, though the initial protests brought up some valid concerns, violence
soon became the overriding force. Many cities throughout the country have suffered massive looting, robbery and intentionally set fires. It has been so sad to see the country we love turn on itself and fear take over the lives of many. As foreign missionaries, we have done our best not to express political opinions, but we have tried to share the hope of Christ in the midst of the uncertainty. Many have asked us if we are afraid. We answer them that while we may feel anxious, we rest in the comfort that none of this took God by surprise.
He knew this would happen, and He certainly knows how it will end.
And He is still sovereign. He is still God. I often wonder how those without Christ cope with times like this. Where is their hope? We are so aware that our time here is temporary, just a speck in light of eternity. While I am not immune to anxious thoughts, I am so grateful that God has given me a spirit of power, love and a sound mind – a
mind centered on His goodness, His sovereignty, His unchanging nature.
2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of
power, and of love, and of a sound mind.