“Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NLT).
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into His glorious presence without a single fault,” Jude 1:24 (NLT).
We do not always get to see direct and immediate answers to prayer, but God works in mysterious and creative ways to change the hearts and minds of His people. Here at International Students, Inc., His unique provisions and plans seem to show up on a regular basis! One of our ministry friends sent in the following story, which serves as a great reminder that God can use circumstances that appear unfortunate to us into times of praise. Our friend writes:
“With great excitement, Miranda looked forward to the upcoming International Students, Inc., camping trip at a real ranch with real cowboys. For a new Asian international student, it was a dream come true during a difficult time in her life. Miranda battled a serious and painful problem with a jaw misalignment, and the doctors told her that surgery would provide the only cure. However, Miranda feared the surgery and the disfiguring scar it would leave on her beautiful, young face. One of the camping trip activities involved the students helping the cowboys brand and medicate new calves. This required a cowboy to rope a calf and lay it on its side; then, he would tie its two front legs together with a rope. At this point, an international student would sit on one of the back legs of the calf and hold the remaining leg in the air. At first, only the male international students did it, then each of the female students also took a turn—including Miranda. However, being quite small, the calf's loose leg kicked her in the jaw—of all places! The kick didn't break the skin, but it did leave a red bruise. Later that day, ministry staff prayed with Miranda that the Lord would heal and protect her. Guess what the Lord did? When Miranda returned to her doctor on campus, he said her jaw was now aligned and would not require surgery. She felt overwhelmed with joy and thanked the Lord, instinctively responding to the Gospel she had heard on the camping trip. At the follow-up for students who had gone on the trip, Miranda shared 'the rest of the story' and gave witness to her newfound faith and relationship with God.”
Friend, let this testimony remind us to bring everything to Him in prayer and trust Him for the results! Scripture tells us to “Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (NLT). Whatever challenges you are facing, remember that His love exceeds them in ways our human minds could never comprehend! Let us continue to lift Him up in praise for the blessings--large and small—that He gives us every day!
Please pray for our team as they welcome students into their homes to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christ’s love with them! Praise the Lord for this season to reflect on the many blessings from the Lord for which to be thankful!
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