You’ll notice that the picture of the runner I chose is of Oscar Pistorius. He’s a South African who specializes in the 400-meter. At 11 months old his legs were amputated below the knee. As he grew older he tried prosthetic legs, which led him to running and racing. In pursuing his Olympic dream Pistorius found out earlier this year that he is ineligible for the 2008 Olympics because his prosthetic legs give him an edge. An article from Runner’s World said his artificial legs keep him from becoming as fatigued because his prosthetics weigh 15 to 17 pounds less than a normal human leg, so he isn’t wasting as much energy. Here is the link if you want to read more: http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-297–12492-0,00.html
Now check out this verse: “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ ” (Luke 17:5).
The word “increase” in Greek is prostithemi which means “to add to.” When I looked at the spelling I immediately thought of “prosthetic.”
When I accepted Christ and received the Holy Spirit faith was added to my life, like prosthetic legs. God amputates flesh and add two legs of faith that run and don’t grow weary, that walk and don’t get tired. He wants to give me a major edge in living here on earth. Faith is about running faster than I have ever imagined, not because I have the ability, but because I’ve been equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I’m learning so much about faith, and my lack of faith, in this new adventure and journey of missions. There are days that I get weary, mostly because I’m living and working out of my own strength. But that verse in Luke is such a good reminder of what I need to constantly ask for: increase my faith! I want to run — fast!
a strong 10KNow, I’m not talking about a 10-K race, but the journey of reaching $10,000. It’s exciting to celebrate God’s provision in increasing my outgoing expense fund and my monthly support team. I have almost 40 percent of monthly support. Woohoo! God continues to provide and I get closer and closer to the next step in the process, pre-field training and then onto Vienna.
I am so excited about April! God has opened many doors of opportunity and I’m waiting and praying to see where they might lead to. I am scheduled to have a table at Pulpit Rock Church for the entire month of April to make contacts, inform people about an upcoming support-raising event (see below) and sell 963 coffee (where my missions account receives 40 percent of the profit). Here’s the link in case you’re interested in buying some coffee:
Pray that God will shower me with many more contacts this month, through gaining monthly supporters. Do you know someone who might be interested in joining the team? Send me an e-mail and I’ll mail you some more information.
the big event
Put this one on your calendar:
Stick Horses in Pants help reach youth in Austria
It’s comedy with a kick
Come join a favorite Colorado Springs, family-friendly improv group for a night of laughter, fun and dessert. All proceeds go to Greater Europe Mission’s Krishana Kraft as she heads to Vienna, Austria for 4 years to reach youth through media.
Friday, April 25
Pulpit Rock Church (multi-purpose building)
$8 (minimum donation) per person
$6 for kids 10 and under
Cash or local check (made out to Greater Europe Mission, which is tax-deductible)
Includes dessert, tea/coffee and a raffle for prizes!