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Fighting Giants

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by Debbie Klynstra  |  1 Comment

But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak…” – Numbers 13:28

Klynstra - MAF Missionary FamilyThis was the report that the 12 Israelite spies brought back after they explored the Promised Land—a land of milk and honey and … giants. Since moving to Indonesia six months ago, I have encountered some giants of my own in this new land. My giants’ names are Driving, Shopping, Cooking, and Language Learning. Things I did with ease in America have suddenly become what I struggle with the most.

Numbers 14:9 continues on with the story as two of the spies say this about the giants: “…and do not be afraid of the people of the land… the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

This encourages me as one by one I fight my giants.

BAM! One giant down. I’ve learned how to drive a scooter, though this mom misses buckling her kids safely into the back seat. Now they put on a helmet and hang on tight!
POW! Now that I can drive, I am able to get around to the different shops! (Not sure if my husband Chris likes this part, since I don’t stick to the list.)
WHAMO! Better shopping makes for easier cooking. I am able to find most ingredients and enjoy having a neighbor come over so we can swap recipes. She loves trying Mexican meals, and I am learning some Indonesian dishes.

Some of my giants have been slayed, but the giant named Language Learning keeps lifting his ugly head to shout discouraging things at me. Sometimes I still listen, but more often now I look back and see how far God has brought me.

I continue to study each day, so I can build relationships and share about Jesus. Learning a new language keeps me weak, dependent, and in fertile soil for growing. When I am weak He is strong.

So, what giants are you fighting? Remember, “…the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them.”

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  • Angela

    So thankful our God helps us slay giants! You are brave in your giant slaying and that makes Good smile :-) Keep it up!

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The Bicycle Registration Process

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Jill Holmes  |  Leave a comment

I have a bicycle here in Nampula, Mozambique, but I haven’t been riding it because I needed to register it, and carry this registration in case the police stopped me. First, I had to come up with a receipt that would prove the bicycle was mine and that I wasn’t trying… [Read full post.]

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Island Fever

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Joy Neal  |  Leave a comment

He set eternity in the human heart; yet no man can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

The other day I tried explaining the term “island fever” to one of my best friends as we drove to a reservoir.

“Island fever,” I said. “Is there a term for… [Read full post.]

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The Ability to Go Anywhere

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by Nick Frey  |  Leave a comment

The beauty of serving with MAF is the ability to go anywhere. You’re probably thinking, “Well, yes, that’s why you have small airplanes,” but that’s not… [Read full post.]

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When You Just Want to Hide

Posted on: November 10th, 2014 by Ellie Scheer  |  1 Comment

We had only been living on this little Indonesian island for a couple of weeks, but I noticed it right away. The prolonged stares, every pair of eyes on me in the parking lot as I tried to back out of a difficult spot, people pointing me out to their friends and… [Read full post.]

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