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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

By faith

by Pam Roth
Hebrews chapter eleven is often referred to as the “faith chapter.”  The chapter starts off with a definition of what faith is – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  And then, the author provides us with a listing of men and women who followed God “by faith.”  Men and women who stepped out by obedience to follow after the will of God even though they did not know what God might be leading them to do.  In Hebrews 11:13, we read that “all of these people were still living by faith when they died.”  What a powerful testimony!

Have you ever stopped to think about how it must have been for the people mentioned in the Bible?  Do you think it was easier or harder to live by faith then compared to now?  Have you ever heard someone say, “You don’t see God working like you did then…it was just a different time in history.”

It may be a different time in history, but I believe that God is still working in miraculous ways and He is still seeking those who will follow Him on a faith journey.  I am blessed to be living among a modern day illustration of God leading couples that are stepping out by faith and leaving behind people, places, and things that they have come to know and love to serve Him.

Over the past three years, I have seen two couples “by faith” leave thriving church ministries to join us in a faith walk with Relevant Ministry.  Independently, both of these couples – Jeff and Angie Hegstrom and Brad and Teresa Houchin – heard the call of God to serve Him on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.  God has given all of us an unbelievable opportunity to serve those that are without hope.  Through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, God swung open the doors to minister to people right where they are; and that’s who God is calling Relevant Ministry to serve.  We are called to come alongside weary pastors and leaders of churches and ministries to help with a spiritual rebuilding and to reach out to those that make up the church in their time of need.

By faith, these couples walked away from the home they had raised their children in, the jobs that had provided for their families, and the relationships they had developed over years.  By faith, they have raised monthly support for their livelihood.  Through the gifts of generous donors, they are able to serve in a ministry with a vision to train future leaders, help build healthy ministries, and to serve the communities along the Gulf Coast.  By faith, we trust God for provision to meet every ministry need.

  • What would you do if God called you today to leave behind all of your cherished possessions and follow Him?  
  • Like the men and women in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, what steps would you need to take right now to prepare you to take a leap of faith?  
  • How would you answer a call to move away from friends, family, and a secure job to serve in an unfamiliar area of the country or world?  
  • God is still calling…are you ready to step out by faith and serve Him in whatever capacity that He may be inviting you to join Him?

Share with us your “faith journey.”

*All three couples with Relevant Ministry are supported monthly by faithful contributors.  If you are one of our faithful contributors, we would like to extend special thanks for believing in the vision and mission of Relevant Ministry.  If you are just becoming acquainted with the ministry, we appreciate your prayers.

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1 comment:

  1. Yvette and I have been led to begin filling our pockets with knowledge in order to fulfill an unknown need in an unknown location. Yvette has her BSN and has been a nurse for many years. She felt God giving her some direction last December, when representatives from Isaiah 55 ministries spoke, to pursue her Masters as a Nurse Practitioner. She was accepted at ISU and is currently a full time student. She walked away from a full time job and stepped out in faith that God would continue to provide. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and became a full time volunteer in our community. In faith, I have returned to the college atmosphere to add Paralegal and Emergency management to my 'pack of tricks'. We both feel and believe that God has something in store for us when our youngest child finishes high school, so we are preparing our minds and our hearts to serve Him.
    Being fortunate to spend a week with Relevant Ministries this past summer, I feel the desire to minister more ! We were approached at church by a couple that travels yearly to Zababda, near Israel. after attending an info meeting, praying and discussing together, Yvette and I are going to step out again in total faith that God will provide the means for us to travel with this team for two weeks and minister to a small village that is yearning to hear how God sacrificed His One and Only Son for their sins and that it is not by works that we are allowed to enter the gates of Heaven. I believe this trip will solidify our path into the missions field, where God will use us is entirely up to Him.
    Pam and Nelson Roth have been such a blessing to me personally, listening to their passion for Christ and others.
    In Christ,
    Eric Pigman

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