We are fast approaching our one year anniversary of living in
From the very beginning of the process of being approved by the International Mission Board (IMB), Tara and I were brought over and over to a specific verse of Scripture. In the book of Hebrews, the eleventh chapter and eighth verse God is speaks to Abraham who is being called by God to leave all he knew to go. The Bible tells us that Abraham obeyed this call “even though he did not know where he was going.” This was verse was for us… we knew that we would spend time on foreign soil in ministry for the Kingdom but the where it would be and the organization if which we would work was up in the air for so long. However, our faithful Father in Heaven knew the place we would serve for you see, almost two years before applying with the IMB, a family serving in
After faithfully helping us navigates the difficult process of obtaining a missionary visa to enter
With the help of those dear people, we would begin to settle into a routine of taking the children to Brazilian school and going to language school. However, although these days became routine, they did not become easy. One of the first hurdles we had to overcome was learning to survive here, for you see things are so different. For example, the items in the grocery stores though similar are so different. As you may remember from an earlier post, the items in the grocery stories are not ready-made, pop-in-the-microwave-type items. So, after some tears and with the helped of one of those experienced missionaries, we learned that we were going to be able to buy the right things and provide for the nutritional needs of our family. After this, one of the most difficult obstacles was language. The process of learning a third language for
So, here the Gilpin Family sits, all of us speaking Portuguese to some degree, living and ministering in another land, and continue to depend on God. But as we look over the past few years we see his faithful hand in all that has taken place. He has been faithful to call out His workers to the harvest field in Belém. He has and continues to equip each one of us. Through all the good and bad times, we have seen His sovereign hand and continue to daily be bless by His presence and love.
For those who may read this post, know that this same unchanging, faithful God desires to work mightily in your life. If you are one of His children, pray that He will use you to accomplish His work where ever you may be put. For those of you who do not yet know the Lord, He is waiting to accomplish the most wonderful work yet… for He is faithful and willing save you if only call out to Him.