It says in Proverbs that the fear of God is wisdom. I'm not sure we really understand what this fear is. It also says in Proverbs that to fear God is to hate evil, pride and arrogance. Even this is harder to live out than to read and put into our heads. I've (Betsy) been reading the major prophets on my journey through the Bible. Ezekiel tells the Israelites that their captivity and extreme losses are all due to their abominations and idol worship. He tells them that God brought these evil things so that they will know that He is God. He says this phrase over 60 times in his book. And you know what? All those horrible things cured Israel. Ever after, they worshiped God alone. They still acknowledge that there is only one God, Jehovah!
What will it take to cure me of my pride? My prayer is that God will only need slight nudges, not extreme measures to kill that side of me. He is an amazing and merciful God, after all. I can never thank Him enough for His death that brought me life.
On that note, it has been an exciting year teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the International Baptist Church (IBC). God gave me an opportunity to tell my students about His plan to reconcile the world to Himself. One of my students was very moved and this week accepted God's death as payment for her wrongdoings. She has become a child of the King of Kings! What a great God we serve!!
Danny is in the final stretch of this school year. The last day of school is May 30. The staff and students are pushing to finish everything. Please be praying for wisdom and diligence as they prepare and study the materials. Next school year will bring many, many changes. About half of the current Junior class will be moving away over the summer holidays. This changes the entire dynamic of next year's Seniors. Though students will be moving on, the school is growing very quickly. The administration has already hired about 12 new teachers. Please pray for them and their families as they prepare to move overseas. Pray also for the students and current staff. It is always hard to say goodbye!
Betsy is looking forward to the coming weekend. She will be playing her oboe in a concert held at IBC. It is called "God With Us" and will have singing and narration. She invited many people, Christians and non-Christians to come. Pray that God will be glorified and exalted at every performance.
Be watching our blog in the coming weeks. We will be posting pictures of famous sites all over Singapore. Our church put on "The Amazing Singapore Car Rally" (like "The Amazing Race" TV show). Danny, Betsy, Aaron, Sam, Noelle (teachers at ICS), and Jerry (fellow Church member), teamed up to tour 20 places all over the country. We were given a list of places to visit and questions that could only be answered at the locations. Envelopes with Bible verses could be opened after visiting and photographing our group at the site. We will take you on an historic tour of Singapore in the coming posts! Are you ready??? It begins soon!