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January Ministry Update

Greetings from Amsterdam,

“Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.” - Proverbs 16:3

Blessed beyond measure!

My heart has been feeling incredibly blessed lately as I’ve reflected not only on all that the Lord has done over the past year with our refugee ministry, but over the past 2 decades of full time ministry.

This month I’m celebrating the completion of 20 years in full time ministry. Prior to going on staff with Reliant Mission in January of 1998 I had also volunteered with the ministry for 10 years, so my overall involvement with Reliant has been for 30 years ~ wow!

I couldn’t have served full time in missions all these years without the hundreds upon hundreds of prayer partners and the dozens and dozens and dozens of financial donors. Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart!

Currently there are 20 regularly giving ministry partners who have been involved since 1998…that dedication, devotion and faithfulness has been extremely appreciated over the years! And together we’ve made an eternal impact.

Praises to Almighty God for His provision of friendship, support, prayers and unity in the gospel along this journey.

My journey with the Lord

When making the decision to switch careers from teaching to ministry the Lord called me to bring the light of Christ to teens in Orlando, Florida. That passion had been fueled for many, many years since I had been reached by the love of Jesus as a teenager.

I never dreamed nor desired to live in another country, outside of short-term mission trips. Yet, in following the Lord’s direction He opened the door for ministry in the Netherlands back in 2003 reaching out to European college students and young professionals. Since 2015 God directed again to reach the refugee population with His love, grace and truth.

Our sovereign and amazing Father always knows what He is doing, even when we’re not sure. I choose to trust in Him. Pray with me that I’ll willingly never stop following His lead. I choose to surrender to the Lord’s will. Always.

Celebration throughout the year

In order to celebrate much of what the Lord has done over the past 20 years, throughout 2018 I will have a special “20 year Reflection” in each update highlighting something or someone that represents what God did in that month 20 years ago. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy and rejoice along with me.

20 year Reflection ~ January 1998
 
Having gone through Staff Training this particular month and while beginning the support raising process a great deal of trust, faith and hope in the Lord’s provision was needed as a support based missionary. My first monthly paycheck from Reliant Mission in January 1998 was something like $23.85. Jehovah-Jireh! God has truly been an amazing provider all these years!

With a grateful heart for your prayers and support for this mission,
Linda
linda.kitchen@reliant.org