Dear friends and partners-
Twenty four hours and counting…Joe and I leave on one of the largest mission trips in the history of this ministry and the scripture that keeps leaping in our spirit is–
Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (Psa 2:8)
Four countries, two continents, thousands of miles and untold numbers of people that will hear the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Over the months of April and May, we will be ministering in South Africa, Brazil, Burundi, and Zambia, and, all the while, working with the IT guys back home to prepare for the launching of Cruse Institute for the Arts on August 26th!
What can we say to all of this, but to God be the Glory for all He has done and will continue to do in us and through us.
We just want to express our love and appreciation to all of you who’ve committed to pray for us and for those who’ve given financially. We all go, with the wind of the spirit, trusting and fully focused on the opportunity before us.
We once more remember the powerful story out of I Samuel 30 where David loses the battle with the Amalekites at Ziklag. You might remember the story as he and his mighty men enquire of the Lord and the Lord gives them permission to pursue them. Check this out…
“10 But David pursued, he and four hundred men; for two hundred stayed behind, who were so weary that they could not cross the Brook Besor”.
To make a long story short, the Lord helps David and they overtake the Amalekites and regain their spoils. A bit haughty and proud, David’s mighty men didn’t want to share the goods with those who weren’t able to make the trip. Let me pick up the story in verse 23..
But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” 25 From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today”.
What an amazing promise–those who stay behind and those who go…the reward is the same! SOMEBODY SHOUT!
We love you all and thank you for standing with us! Will write more and upload pictures as the days unfold!
Ps Joe and Becky Cruse