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Fixing Our Eyes on Jesus

I’m a natural-born klutz. That’s not self-deprecation; I’m just being truthful. I don’t gracefully glide across the floor. No, I have to intentionally watch each step, aware that a misstep could find me on the ground, looking up.

Adding in a slight case of positional vertigo (from recent ear-nerve damage) just makes my lack of gracefulness more evident. Now if I walk with my head down to ensure the safety of each step, it brings on slight vertigo. Those of you experiencing vertigo know what I mean (I praise the Lord that my vertigo goes away after pausing a few seconds).

In August, I had the pleasure of being in Mozambique with Chad and Dara Vanden Bosch (ASM Africa Director and ASM Compassionate Care Coordinator, respectively). During that time I visited Dara’s Compassionate Care Patients, and participated in the kick-off event for the New Harvest Farm and Agricultural Institute. What a privilege to see how the Vanden Bosches and their teams are being the hands and feet of Jesus to those who need to know of the forgiveness, love, and hope offered through His name.

While there, my vertigo made walking—on the red dirt paths in the bush, watching for rocks, ruts, and snakes, or even on the uneven pavement in Chimoio—a bit more challenging.

While looking down, I missed what makes Mozambique special … the people, colors, textures, and landscape. I’m not saying that I should have walked without looking where I was going … that would have been foolish! However, it made me think of Hebrews 12:1b-2a (NIV):

“… And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Sometimes, like vertigo, life may seem to spin out of control. Family issues, work challenges, health concerns, etc. can cause us to take our focus off of the Lord. We get distracted by the obstacles, or the uneven path. Yet as believers, the writer of Hebrews instructs us to keep running on the path set before us with our eyes on Jesus—our solid, immovable, unfailing Lord. This also applies to ministry.

Audio Scripture Ministries helps connect people to God’s Word in their own heart language. We do that by recording and distributing the Bible and Bible engagement resources in audio. At the heart of this ministry is our firm belief that everyone has the need—and the right—to hear God’s Word. We’re keeping “the main thing, the main thing.”

As you read about ASM’s partnership in the new Mozambique agricultural ministry, providing medical care or disaster relief, or helping setting up radio stations in Mexico, know that every effort is earnestly prayed about and evaluated based on getting God’s Word to more people. The agricultural institute is already opening hearts in the community to hear about the Creator God who loves them. Medical care is demonstrating Jesus’ care for every aspect of their life. Radio stations are offering wider community broadcast of God’s Word.

God is opening incredible ministry doors for ASM, and we remain committed to running “…with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.” Prayerfully and carefully, we’re stewarding the resources He’s entrusted to our care, so more people may hear God’s Word—wherever the Lord leads.

Thank you for joining this race, so that all may hear!