Ministry Update: I’m SO Excited … Can’t Wait to Share!

“Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21, Nasb

Dear Readers,

Occasionally, unexpected joy descends like a burst of light from heaven to earth. This past Thursday—despite the downpour of rain—contained one such joy for me.

Photo by Steve Bachman 2016. Used with permission.
Photo by Steve Bachman. Copyright 2016. Used with permission.

I traveled to Thomasville, NC, to meet with Brenda Lancaster, founder of ZMI Family Ministries International. I thought our conversation would last about 1 1/2 hours, but as Brenda updated me on God’s work through ZMI, time evaporated. I was thrilled to hear about the women in Nicaragua, Honduras, and other countries who hunger for God’s Word … about the woman who wept years ago when Brenda gave her Tomar de Regreso la Familia (Taking Back the Family, formerly Living in a Zoo?). God had impressed on this sister’s heart that He’d provide spiritual material for women in her country. She waited months. Until one day, God sent Brenda with her newly translated Bible study.

Brenda and I discussed many more ministry happenings, but I’ll admit, it excited me most when she expressed interest in using my book, Alcanzando la Justicia (Reaching for Righteousness), as part of their program. If the Lord continues to lead this direction, ZMI will need 200 copies of my book in the near future!

We shouldn’t wonder if God’s at work—just pray for eyes to see and willing hearts to participate. (Click to Tweet)

As if this wasn’t enough, Brenda proceeded to invite me to Nicaragua on ZMI’s spring 2017 trip. It still feels a bit surreal: Me? Nicaragua? Speaking at women’s conferences in a foreign land?

I felt chosen when so often, I’ve felt insignificant in my calling to write and teach. (Click to Tweet)

And I am insignificant because ministry most definitely is NOT about me. But it was incredibly special to sense God’s purpose for me in a place I never seriously considered. So, I’m praying about whether to accept Brenda’s invitation, which somewhat scares me along with all the excitement. Please join me in praying for God’s will to be done. Thank you so much.  

In other news, I plan to revise and submit my book proposal by the end of July. (If you think of me, please pray. I have lots to accomplish in order to complete this goal.) Also, I’m scheduled to teach a co-op class to teen girls this fall—a Bible study entitled, Wonderers & Wanderers: Becoming a Biblical Woman. This will require significant preparation before the end of August, which already looms on the horizon. Finally, I hope to branch out into new writing territory soon, meaning I need to make some schedule adjustments. As I look ahead,

I trust the Lord will provide all that’s needed to accomplish His work. And He will. (Click to Tweet)

Thank you, my dear readers, for sticking with me and lifting me up to the throne of grace. Thank you for supporting this ministry and remaining involved. With God, all things are possible!

Much Love in Christ,

Emily

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17 Replies to “Ministry Update: I’m SO Excited … Can’t Wait to Share!”

  1. So excited to hear this news, Emily re the book, the women you’ll be ministering to, the trip, etc. Thanks for continuing to press on and continue writing etc in those times when you don’t see the signs or receive the encouragement <3 Believing God's perfect timing for all of it!
    Love you, Emily!

  2. Am so happy for you and can’t wait to see how God moves in and through the book, your travel, etc.! Thanks for being faithful to keep pressing on when you do and don’t receive the encouragement or responses. Believing God’s timing is perfect with all of it <3 Love you, Emily!

    1. Oops. Sorry posted twice. I thought it got lost in cyberspace 😉

      1. No problem :). I know exactly how that is! Thanks for taking the time to comment and encourage me. God is so kind in all His ways. Love you!

    2. Dear Heather,

      Thank you so much, sweet friend and beloved sister in Christ. Your encouragement and prayers along the way mean so much – can’t thank you enough. I love you bunches!

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

  3. Emily, I am happy for you. God knows you share His heartbeat. Keep giving Him the glory and He will open doors.

    Much love,
    Shalom rav!

    1. Dear Jean,

      Thank you ever so much. I’m grateful to be a small part of God’s plan – He’s worthy of our all. Thanks for your friendship and support – means lots to me :).

      In Christ’s Love,
      Emily

  4. I’m so excited for you and the women of Nicaraugua! We can never imagine what the Lord has planned; he just calls us to be faithful and you are. Much love! I’ll be praying for you.

    1. Dear Andy,

      Thank you, dear sister. Thanks for sharing my excitement and for all your prayers – means a lot to me. Much love to you too!

      In Christ,
      Emily

  5. Kimberly says: Reply

    Emily,
    I am so thankful that God is directing you. Your gifts of writing and speaking will be a blessing to the nations!

    1. Dear Kimberly,

      Thank you so much! The Lord is so faithful to us – leading and guiding us with such tender care. I appreciate your kind words and am encouraged by them. To God be the glory!

      Much love in Christ,
      Emily

  6. Sandy Dunbar says: Reply

    To God be the glory for the great things He has done and is doing! We know that “He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” We celebrate all of this good news as the Lord “expands your borders” . We share your joy and pray for Him to provide all you need to fulfill His calling in your life!

    1. Dear Sandy,

      Amen ~ to God be all the glory! You have been such an integral part of this particular project, and your ongoing prayer support for this ministry blesses me beyond measure. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

      Much love in Christ,
      Emily

  7. Whoot! Whoot! I’m so excited for you Emily. God is faithful.

    1. Dear Nan,

      Oh, thank you so very much! Your comment encourages me all the more. God is indeed oh-so-faithful.

      Much love in Christ,
      Emily

  8. Emily, congratulations on being faithful and available for God to work through you. This is exciting indeed.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    1. Dear Wendy,

      Thank you, my dear friend. So thankful the Lord connected us through Twitter ~ who would have thought?! Blessings to you in your continued service for our Lord.

      Much love in Christ,
      Emily

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