Almost every day this past week, the Lord has brought the following verse to my mind: “Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.” Lamentations 3:51
I went to visit a dear sister in Christ in the hospital Monday night. She has cancer and needs an operation, but because of her heart problems, surgery has to wait until they can get her heart stabilized. Hermana Miriam and her husband, Pastor Henry, are Peruvian missionaries in the city of Pucallpa. Please pray much for this precious couple and their children, Dolly and Isai. “Mine eye affecteth mine heart…”
In the evenings, I look out the window of my house at all the city lights. It is one of my favorite views. I especially love it when it is dusk, and the lights are just coming on. I’ve never lived in such a huge city before – for me it is very different to see and hear the hustle and bustle until all hours of the night! As I look at all the lights of “my city,” I can’t help but wonder how many souls live within the glow of each light that I can see. How many souls that are still waiting to hear the Good News of Salvation? Our language teacher recently told us that the Gospel has been here in Peru for only about 60-70 years. When I think of America, and all she has been given by God – a rich heritage of the Bible – truly “mine eye affecteth mine heart.”
Last week we had Missions Conference. It was a great week! Pastor Juan Pacheco was the guest preacher. The messages were so challenging. The first night he spoke about our eyes – seeing the need – not just our own personal needs, but the needs of the lost around us. The next night, he spoke about our mouth – using it to pray – pray for our families, for our missionaries, and for the salvation of the lost. Then he spoke the next night about our hands – using them to serve others.
On Tuesday, Frank (Deaf) and Jonathan (Hearing) left for Pucallpa. They will be filling in for Pastor Henry while he is here in Lima. I look forward to seeing how God is going to use them. We are already missing them here, but we know God’s plan is perfect! “Mine eye affecteth mine heart.”
A couple of the ladies here recently asked me if I liked Peru. How glad and thankful I was to be able tell them with tears of joy in my eyes how much I love it here! My eyes sometimes get side-tracked with my own small problems and worries. When my eyes get focused on my problems, my heart is affected – negatively. Then the Lord gently reminds me where I should be looking – not inward, but outward and upward. Upward toward Him, and Outward to the lost around me. Everywhere I look, there are myriads of houses. Houses full of families that have never heard perhaps even one time that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again to save them from their sins!
“Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.” Lamentations 3:51