Compelled By Love
Some times it’s hard to wait. Being in the timing of God sometimes requires us to stop and wait for the Lord to open the next door. Often when we reach a closed door we slam into it with the authority of the Lord and the word and the door flies open. Other times we have to fight spiritual battles to get the door open and every once in a while the Lord lets it remain locked to us until He has released the door to be opened. When we hit such a door and have bound all that needs to be bound and pursued all we can pursue we find ourselves in a place of having to wait and rest in the Lord until He unlocks the door in His time.
So we are now waiting on this visa process to go through. Things have been moving at an African pace. To the American in us this means slow but moving. FI is helping us connect with a lawyer on the ground in Tanzania who is going to help push our paperwork through the ever shifting and changing Tanzanian laws. This will cost a bit more but will get the ball moving and get us on the ground in Eastern Africa. We have come to the place where we have done nearly all that we can do and the Lord is simply asking us to rest in Him until He opens the door in His time. We know that this time will come very soon (in the next few months) but when we have been pushing to birth this spiritual baby for so long and are now standing at the last door we find our flesh has a hard time waiting. But we will do just that. Wait upon the Lord. It has always been in His hands anyways.
We currently find ourselves in this position as we wait for the visas to process through so that we may buy our plane tickets and finally place our feet on the soil in Tanzania. Even though our FI board releases us to proceed with getting things in order to leave the visas are still in the works and so we missed the March 5th desired deadline meaning a ticket will have to be purchased for Pierce who has now has turned 2. In that time however the Tanzanian government changed the work permit and visa process and have now combined them as one process with a much lower price attached. This will actually save us more money, to be used in ministry, than would have been done so by having Pierce fly free.
With the additional time we have been able to visit with close friends and family. We also continue to raise the remainder of the monthly support needed. We are excited to be able to reconnect with one of the East African pastors later this week. He is traveling close to where we are staying in KY as he raises support in the US for his ministry in Eastern Africa. If we can’t be in Africa, at least we are connecting with others in ministry there and dreaming and planning for the future! We value this time with friends and family dearly as we know that very soon we will not have those opportunities due to being on a different continent. If we have not had a chance to catch up with you yet please contact us. We would love to continue to connect with each of you in person as we are able. Love The Noah’s
About Jonathan & April Noah
Our vision is to Empower, Equip, Exhort, and Encourage the local people and ministries of Eastern Africa. So, as to become self-sustaining in order to further the kingdom of God, our heart is to see people be radically changed by the power of the gospel.