Staying Faithful In The Unplanned

Today doesn’t feel real. This week, this MONTH feels unreal. The way COVID-19 swept our globe to now quarantining us in our homes should be a scene from a sci-fi movie. Food flying off shelves and people fighting over toilet paper in hysteria is now our actual reality. Due to the coronavirus, our everyday lives have come to a screeching halt. 

Before the pandemic, I had a plan (I’m sure you all can relate). In February I finally had hit the 50% mark after a year and a half of itinerating to serve in El Salvador. March was supposed to be the month to kick off fundraising in 2020. A ton of work had gone into calling churches and checking calendars solidifying appearances at events to share about how God is calling me to the mission field. The goal was to be 100% funded to attend language school in June 2020. As necessary precautions were implemented in order to keep people safe, all of those speaking engagements were either rescheduled or canceled. Lord, I had a plan! 

Watching the news of masses suffering in nations, people living consumed with anxiety. There is this realization, they all had plans too. I’m sure they were anticipating birthdays, graduations, moving days, and other celebrations of life. Lord, what happened to the plan? COVID-19 derailed all of our expectations forcing us to walk day by day within the unknown. Jesus, what now?

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“In my distress, I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”

Psalm 18:6

Just so you know, It’s okay to be a Christian and ask those types of questions. Heck those who don’t yet have a relationship with Christ, know God is totally open with you asking him those questions. What is happening? Where are you, Lord? It’s alright to be scared, I’m a little scared too. Right now I have no idea what the plan is but I’m choosing to stand in the truth that God is in control of it all. As borders in El Salvador and in many other countries close I am trusting He knows the best plan for what our world needs right now.

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jerimiah 29:13

In this period of isolation, it is an opportunity to allow the Lord to strengthen our faith over fear. As days progress and more news channels report of countless people being affected, the place God has me right now is a mission field. Hearts are seeking hope in need of prayer, so that’s what I’m doing, praying and reaching out to those that I can. Sharing God hasn’t forgotten them and their loved ones in these times of suffering.

What does that mean for missions in El Salvador? Don’t worry I’m not giving up but I am waiting on God’s divine direction. You see, even though God knows my desire for missions and helping the unreached HIS plan comes before mine. Holding on to his promise, he will make a way for me to start fundraising again. Faithfully trusting one day I’ll be stepping off a plane on El Salvadorian soil.

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“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”

Hebrews 10:23

That same faith applies to what we are facing today. He promises protection from every disease or virus for those who love him and the assurance we do not walk alone in the darkness. My heart goes out to all the souls who are experiencing great loss and those who are awaiting miraculous healing. In Christ, we KNOW hope continues to live on despite the unplanned trials we face. 

Stay faithful my friends & God Bless You! 

Crys xo;

 

Dates to please keep in prayer

April 5th: Sharing about missions in Cortland NY 

April 17,18,19th: Visiting Bellrose Assembly for the weekend

April 25th: Bronx district women’s luncheon 

April 26th: Sharing about missions Transformation Church NY

 

 

1 Comment

  1. God knows exactly what you need.
    I’m glad you’re home with family while the Lord sees us through this storm.

    Psalm 91 King James Version (KJV)
    91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

    2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

    3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

    4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

    5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

    6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

    7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

    9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

    10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

    11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

    12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

    13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

    14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

    15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

    16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

    King James Version (KJV)

    Dios the bendiga a ti y tu familia.
    Mirian Montalvo

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