I have been trying to combine a brief synopsis of my last trip to Romania and some other thoughts about what the future holds in ministry.
A little over four years ago I sat in one of our staff meetings and announced that we (Mustard Tree Ministries) had just purchased land to build a community center on for the Roma. Kind of crazy when I think about it. First-Centenary had not yet bought into supporting this wild idea. There I sat believing that one day this vision - with two pastors who had never even met - would one day come to pass.
Proverbs 16:1-3 is a passage of Scripture that I often spend a lot of time mulling over. Summary of the passage: We can make plans, but God lays out the directions. Commit your actions to God because He knows our hearts and the real motives behind what we do. This passage doesn’t give any real clear next steps in our journey. It just says, commit your journey to God and trust Him to guide you through, and really examine your heart and test if your motives are God- driven or me-driven.
So, here we are a little over four years later. God knew the people that would catch His vision and make it a reality for an often time forgotten people. I know we had a bunch of home gatherings while I was gone, and I know that there are folks that wonder what the future of this church, the United Methodist Church and even our own personal lives hold. I often ask God to show me a clear future for Mustard Tree Ministries and the visions I believe for it. But you know what God keeps doing to me? He keeps sending me back to Proverbs 16. Commit my actions to Him, be honest about the motives of my heart, and trust that He will make the vision become reality in His time, or… give me a new vision that really comes from Him. Thanks again for catching God’s vision for Romania.
– Geaux Tigers, Barry
Published on Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 4:20 PM EDT