This week’s blogger is Joey Weed. Joey, his wife Kellie and their son, Connor, have lived on the mission field for well-over a year. Currently, they are investing time in learning crucial language and cultural skills in order to more effectively serve the children and communities of Honduras. In this blog, Joey shares what is is learning in his walk with Christ; how faith is all about learning and growing at the different moments in our lives. We are so proud of Joey and Kellie for taking the steps of faith that lead them to more effectively minister to children and communities.
Walking with Jesus brings about many defining moments in our lives. There are times when faith seems like the simplest thing. Other times, it seems like everything is impossible. If there’s one thing God is speaking in my heart right now, it’s the importance of faith.
Recently, I was talking with a good friend of mine about life. He shared some things from his heart that he has been struggling with and the Lord began to reveal some things in my own heart that I needed to face. We finished our brief conversation, but the Holy Spirit continued to do work. Within the next couple days, I texted him to follow up on our last conversation. He responded with something that was directly from the Lord. The message comes from Mark 9:14-29. In this scripture, there’s a boy who is possessed by a spirit that kept him mute since childhood. His father is trying to bring him to Jesus to be healed, but was met with some resistance by the disciples. When Jesus walks up, He hears conflict and asks “what are you arguing with them about?”(Mark 9:14) The man steps up and tells Jesus that he brought his mute child to be healed, but the disciples couldn’t help.
Because of their lack of faith, Jesus calls the people “an unbelieving generation.”(v19) If you read through this scripture, you’ll find a very interesting story of a man that believes enough to come to Jesus, but doesn’t seem to believe in the full saving power He has.
I feel like I am this man at times in my walk. I believe Jesus. I know He’s real and He hears my prayers. But how many times have a cried out to Him with unbelief? I do this when I’m face-to-face with a little boy or girl that has experienced severe trauma and heartbreak. I do this when I meet people working long hours at hard jobs who still cannot afford to feed their families; Or when I hard of a parent saying goodbye to their son or daughter after dropping them off at an orphanage, because they didn’t have the money to provide simple medicine. I meet and pray for these kinds of people every day. These stories have faces and names for me, but how often do I flood the throne room in expectation for God to move?
In verse 23, Jesus tells the man that “everything is possible for one that believes.” We also see in the next verse that “immediately the boy’s father exclaimed ‘I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief’.” Wow, what a message! I feel that so many times we come to Jesus because we believe in Him, but we fail to believe in His power. The Scripture is full of promises that assure us of His faithfulness. When we approach God asking for strength, power or the presence of the Holy Spirit to be with us, we don’t need to ask with uncertainty, but with faith knowing that His Word has assured us of.
Over the past few years we have been teaching our son the importance of prayer and how to pray. Each night we share praises and prayer requests as a family. When Connor prays, he doesn’t pray for God to answer our request, but he thanks Him with faith that the Lord will answer our request. It’s a beautiful picture of child-like faith that Christians should practice.
Being on the mission field has really challenged my faith. Not that I’ve struggled with giving up, but that I’ve noticed my lack of it at times. I want to simply ask you to pray for missions. Whether it’s local missions in your hometown or missions around the world, we need your prayers. Prayers for strength, courage, wisdom and faith.
Pray with faith and confidence in the promises spoken to us in His word. Pray for the people, children and countries (including the US) that ROOM and so many other great organizations serve. Pray for healing, provision and salvation with the knowledge that our God is faithful to provide!
To learn more about how ROOM is serving children and communities, please visit our website, http://www.makeroom.org/