Saturday, August 22
Wednesday, August 5
This is Lori Christian, writing from the USA! Yes, I know you are probably in shock and I want you to know that it’s been quite the difficult journey for me this past two weeks. Last October, 2008 I joined the IMB mission and left in January, 2009 for South America, and was so excited about serving God with the IMB. Now, 10 months later- God has shown me through my team and parents that the “Extreme Team” was not a good fit for me. Through a lot of prayer and seeking God- we decided it was best for me to return home for awhile. I have decided to resign from the IMB for now.
I loved Peru so much and continue to have a huge heart for the people of Peru and still want to serve God with my life on the mission field. It was extremely difficult to leave, and I really want to return to serve the Lord in South America! To be honest, there is a lot that I don’t understand about why God has brought me back to the USA but I do know that God made it very clear to me. I am still confused about what happened during my time in Peru and need some time to process. The biggest encouragement for me now is to remember that God still loves me and has a plan for me and my life and all that has happened. A verse that is helping me through this time is Romans 8:28-30. I know that God will bring good out of this, but it is just difficult to understand right now when I am facing shattered dreams.
I appreciate so much your support and prayers for me during this past year and want to ask you to continue to pray for me when you think of me. Right now, my plan is to go back to Thailand with my parents when they return in a few weeks and seek God there for His next chapter in my life. I know this is just another step in the journey, and am excited to see where he leads me. My main prayer requests are:
1) That I would be totally open and teachable to learn what God wants me to learn during this time.
2) That God would guard my heart against bitterness for misunderstandings.
3) That as I seek God for what I should do next that I would truly know His plan for me for the future.
4) That during this time of transition, that I could still be available to be used of God in peoples lives wherever I am.
Thank you again for your love and support and I look forward to sharing with you in the future as God reveals more to me my future plans. You all mean so much to me and I still need your love and support of prayers. I thank God so much for putting such amazing people in my life to pray for me and support me in this time.
Only By God’s Perfect Grace and In His Loving Arms,
Lori Lynn Christian