We Are His

Brenton & Debbie Driscoll

(Click here to see an online version of our October Newsletter.)
And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” And he said to him, “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?”
Exodus 33:14-16

If Your Presence Will Not Go with Us

On top of Mount Sinai, Moses was at a crossroad. He knew all too well his own limitations that had weighed him down throughout his life and ministry. Yet, once again, the LORD was asking him to do the impossible. God had commanded him to lead the people of Israel into the Promised Land and in light of his incredibly impressive resume, Moses is quick to admit that on his own he can not do it. Moses had spent forty years in Egypt learning from some of the greatest minds in the world, performed many miracles, and seen God move in ways we can only imagine, yet he grasped his humanity and brokenness fully. “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here.” 

Now, we are definitely not Moses; we have more questions about life than answers; and we do not have the years of experience that Moses had. However, we often find ourselves calling out to our King in a similar “Moses-like” fashion: “God, you have given us this desire to go and share your gospel with the people in Bulgaria that have yet to hear about You, but we can not do this without You.”

As a young couple, we often feel unprepared, unworthy, or unqualified to be sent off to another country to be His messengers. After all, who are we to be tasked with uprooting our lives and settling among a people who earnestly yearn for truth, hope, and love?

We Are His

The truth is that even though we do not see ourselves as worthy, God does. We are His children, made holy and redeemed in His name. We are dearly loved. We have been bought with a price and we belong to Him. We are disciples and friends of Jesus Christ, and we live to serve and honor Him. We are God’s temple and workmanship. We are a branch of Jesus Christ, the true vine, and have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit.
And you know what–SO ARE YOU! We are convinced that as Christians it is our duty to know who we are in Christ. If we know who we are in Him, we know that He is always with us and that He will never forsake us. As we go to Bulgaria, we know that He will be with us. If the Lord is our helper, then we will not fear evil; what can man do to us?

October Highlight: IM Retreat

From October 24 through October 27, we had the wonderful opportunity to attend the annual IM retreat in Solgohachia, AR. We spent the weekend together with the rest of the IM missionaries who are currently stateside and our amazing IM office staff. We had a weekend full of laughter, love, tears, and stories of how the Lord is continuing to show Himself faithful in every corner of the world. On Sunday (Oct. 27) we got the chance to share about our ministry at Connect Church in Russellville, AR and were delighted to find a church family that loves people and that is wholeheartedly sold out for the cause of the Great Commission. Below you can see some pictures from the retreat. You can also visit our Facebook page (The Driscolls: Steps in Shumen) in order to watch a short video that sums up our time at the retreat.
(Click here to see an online version of our October Newsletter.)
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