“Double Portion”

By July 20th, 2014

Family & Friends,

Since the loss of Dr Gerald at Africa College of Theology, two Scriptural images are flooding my mind.  The one is Job who had suddenly lost everything.  “Job feel to the ground and worshipped. ‘The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.  Blessed be the name of the LORD’” (Job 1:21).  Only the faith of an African could so quickly speak these words.  They, like Job, know how to grieve.  Africans also know how to believe that if you lose everything, God alone is enough.  Alan, our U.S. director, joined us this past week to help us sort out our new strategy.  He was struck with the image of Elijah and Elisha.  It did not seem possible to continue the fight against Baalism without the mighty Elijah.  Then God took him suddenly.  Elisha was not Elijah, but he knew how to pray big.  He asked for a double portion of the spirit that was upon Elijah (2 Kings 2:9).  Then the text records Elisha performing twice the number of miracles as Elijah.  What can we do with the absence of Dr. Gerald?  We need your prayers for we are trying to respond to our great loss by worshiping like Job and praying like Elisha.

Rwandan Rookie, G

Gfriesen.ACT@africanewlife.org

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