More excerpts from Mark’s mail…
I have to say that I am enjoying my time of being a Chaplain to these wonderful missionaries out here. The things they have to deal with boggles the mind. Bandits breaking into their compound, Malaria, access to almost nothing except what little you can get in the market, dealing with difficult relationships, full on frontal attacks from Satanic forces and the list goes on and on and on. Oh Lord, we need every last resource out here, and every missionary, is crucial to life and ministry out in this dark place. How my heart has grown to love and appreciate each one of them!
…There is great joy in serving the Lord in the far off lands of the world, but let there be no mistake about it, this life does come with tragedy and pain. The same is true in the U.S., but there is a difference on the mission field. Often, we have to face great pain and tragedy alone with no family or friends to comfort us. But, this is when the Great Comforter, our father in Heaven makes his presence known more than ever.
Be praying for the missionaries here. A compound not far away was robbed with armed bandits. All we can do is trust The Lord for protection and do as Nehemiah did in chapter 4:9 “But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.” We have no guards, but we asked for God to send us Angels for guards, we have no weapons, but we have asked for God’s protection.
I have been praying for all of our monthly partners in this ministry. I am so thankful to them for giving so that we can have this wonderful opportunity to be here. Their reward in eternity will be great. I hope they know that the ministry here does not go on without them -they are very much involved in this great work….