16 Sep 2009

Paul and Kim Leuders Update

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5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 15:5

Over the past couple of weeks the Lord has been impressing upon us the importance of our dependence on him. Our culture tells us not to depend on anyone, if we want something or we need to get something done do it ourselves, push through the difficult times and power through until the task is done. Our physical move from Virginia to Texas has been much like that, keep working until everything is packed. Keep driving until we reach the half way point between Va and Tx. Drive faster and longer until we reach TX. When all our stuff was delivered in Texas, keep working until it was all put in it’s place.

In our EOH meeting this week it hit home as we watched a video of Camp Hope, the words “every 15 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS” flashed across the screen. Can you imagine? And what if it was someone you knew? What if it was your child left alone, hungry and scared? Talk about an overwhelming task ahead of us.

The Lord was impressing two things:
1. These are my children I know them, and I love them. I care that they are alone, hungry and scared.
2. This task is to big for you. Zechariah 3:6 says Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.

It seems as though the Lord has renewed the burden he has given us for the orphans. As the images of the children came across the screen, the more the love of Christ poured into our hearts for them. Each one has a story, each one longs to be loved and cared for. Honestly, how will this happen if people will not share the love of Christ with them? Again, we were reminded that we can not just “push” through this task. It’s a combination of God’s spirit moving among his people and his people being obedient to his moving. We know his spirit is moving because he has promised us we are not “in this” alone. Also, we read in James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. All through the bible we see the special place in God’s heart for the orphans. Christ calls us all to something; to go, to give, to pray……what are you doing or what will you do to help the orphans?

The past month has been somewhat of a whirlwind for us. God has been so gracious to us. We have a new place to live, all our stuff arrived in good shape, our dogs have adjusted much better then we hoped for and the weather is HOT!!! We found a Calvary Chapel and are really enjoying the teaching and worship. Finding a church can be challenging, especially since we love our home church (Cornerstone Chapel will always be home) and have been blessed by such amazing teaching. Now we need to get plugged in.

We’ve had a couple of weeks to get acclimated and now we are starting our fulltime work with EOH. We have begun to take on the AfricaTrek part of the ministry. This responsibility will include the screening process and ministering to the interns and the short term missionaries that will serve in Zambia. We will also be reaching out to churches to come along side of EOH. Paul will be traveling to Africa at the end of September to meet Pastors and to participate in some training. We will be returning to the Northern Va area the last of Oct beginning of Nov. We would love to meet with you and tell you all the exciting things that are happening in the ministry, and how the Lord is moving. As things progress we’ll keep our blog updated http://paul-and-kim-lueders.blogspot.com/

Of course we need prayer, here a few of our prayer needs:

1) Get plugged in at church.
2) Up coming intern selection and teams of short term missionaries.
3) Paul’s safety as he travels to Africa.
4) Peace and grace as we learn our new jobs.
5) The rest of our financial support.

We are so grateful for each of you we know many of you are praying for us as well as supporting us financially. You are our gift from God.

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