Missionaries Dathan and Allison Marshall write:
Most of you have probably noticed that our world seems to be turning darker and darker with crime, terrorism, persecutions, etc. And if you are like us, each time we set foot on an airplane, or attend a concert or sporting event, or even stand in line in a crowd of people, fear and uncertainty wants to creep into our minds and change/waiver our faith. In fact, dare we say that for some of us, we cancel or postpone our plans to ensure our own safety from the ‘possibility’ of danger? In 2 Timothy 3:10-15, Paul encourages the believers to keep their faith fixed on Jesus Christ and to continue to follow the truths from God’s Word, EVEN when the world is seemingly becoming worse. Ah, that’s really good advice, but we still have fear and anxiety in our hearts. How can we be free from the fear of man and his sinful actions? FAITH. This one word is what takes our eyes off of ourselves and on to someone else, takes the things out of our control and gives them to the One who is in control, takes our worry/fears and places them in firm, re-assuring hands. In fact, John 16:33 says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” So today and every day that follows, trust in Jesus Christ, who is our Savior, Overcomer, Victor, and Sustainer, for strength and peace in the tribulations.
Praise the Lord for…
- His strength: by God’s grace, we have completed one semester of Spanish language school. We are so thankful for the many prayers and encouragements from God’s people.
- His provision: God provided the funds for us to make two trips during the semester, one for the funeral of Dathan’s uncle (Ken) and another for a missions trip to Mexico City. We also praise the Lord for all of our committed financial supporters and the army of prayer warriors that we have!
- His work: for the many opportunities that God has allowed for us to serve Him. In Texas, we are seeing God’s work in a new church plant with Pastor Timothy Abbott, a former missionary to Mexico. Praise the Lord for Allison’s graduation from Lancaster Bible College with her bachelor’s degree in Bible. Also, praise God for the graduation of 20 Bible college students and 7 language school students at RGBI.
Please contact the Marshalls for more updates on their ministry.