“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32
Lately I have been reading some in Romans during my devotional time. As I have been reading it seems like the Lord has been pointing out how great a love He has, for you, for me and each one of us who He has created. God’s love for us will never be grasped in the fullest measure because He is an infinite God. However we are to seek after God and love Him by giving Him our lives. I was reminded while reading about Abraham who trusted God’s promises in faith, though he could not see in human terms how God could possibly do what He had promised.
As I have gone throughout the first week of language school now I am getting a little better grasp of how big of a task this is going to be. However long or short, difficult or easy the process may be in learning the Spanish language I know that God has placed me here at this time for a specific reason. Since God has placed me here I also know that He will provide for what I need to complete the task.
Has God asked you to do something far beyond what you can possibly do in human terms? Take heart! Trust and obey His leading for then He can use you and provide what you need to be able to complete the work He has asked you to do. All we need is to be willing vessels to be used by Him. Throughout the past week I have been thankful for being in a Christian environment to learn this new language.
Just today I was reminded of Hebrews 10:24-25 which says, “…and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
Throughout the past week the staff and students alike here as well as my family and friends from home have been helping to encourage me. Once again I am getting to experience first hand how important it really is to meet together with other believers and encourage one another to seek and trust in the Lord.
This is farmer Joshua way out of his element in south Texas where the temperatures nearly never reach freezing, some orange, tangerine, grapefruit and avocado varieties are currently in production as well as many other cool season crops!
I have been in the Rio Grande Valley for about a week and a half now and it has been quite the experience. Dad and Mom brought me down. We stopped on the way down in Fort Worth to spend time with some really good friends whom we consider family. We were also able to spend a few hours enjoying the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens.
The next day we drove the remainder of the way down to the McAllen and stayed with some other really good friends, the Antoniuks (Aunt Donna and her family) whom we also consider family. Saturday we enjoyed Aunt Donna taking us around to a few different places in the area including a organic farmer’s market and a well known national wildlife refuge. We also moved most of my things into the dorm and I met my roommate, Leo, who is from Nicaragua.
We spent Saturday night with the Antoniuks but the next morning Dad and Mom took off early. Uncle Dan and Aunt Donna took me to their small group and service at church then lunch afterwards. Going back to the house we picked up the last of my things and they took me to the dorms.
While it is a big adjustment and stretch the Lord has blessed me with a wonderful roommate and all week as the Bible Institute students have been returning, they all have been very cordial. Many of the guys here in the dorm have offered to help me if I need help and cumulatively have spent hours helping me try to start speaking short sentences. The only problem is that it sometimes seems like my brain gets overloaded and has a memory dump!
Granted it is not the same as Mom’s home cooking but the cafeteria food is all you can eat which is a blessing. Eating in the cafeteria has proven to be very beneficial to me to help with conversation and simply to be immersed in a rapid fire dialog of Spanish all around me. Little by little I have been able to pick up a word here and there but it certainly seems slow some days!
My professors have also been very kind, patient and helpful to me. This coming week will be full blown classes. Last week being the first my professors helped us through some orientation and simple basics in the Spanish language which don’t always seem so “basic”!
The Lord continues to bless.
This will be the last “farm update” from me but I plan to write occasionally on another blog. If you would like to follow what is going on down here go to: Off-Farm Adventures
The last few weeks at home I was pushing hard to get obligations finished. While I did not get everything wrapped up on the farm like I wanted to, the Lord helped me get several areas cleaned up some. G-Jean has been out cleaning up a few weeds since I left.
Lord willing we are still planning to have you-pick strawberries this season. The cover crops we planted earlier this winter have done their job well. The areas planted with oats grew and winter killed so the ground is covered but can be worked sooner if it is wet than those areas which have a rich, lust green carpet of wheat planted.
I need to sign off for now. Thank you very much to each one who has been praying for and encouraging me. It has meant a lot to me throughout the past week to know there are people praying for me as I work toward learning this new language.
May the Lord bless you and your families.
Transplanted Farmer Joshua