Finding God's Will In The Midst Of Big Decisions
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
July 16, 2003



When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. (Acts 16:7-10) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

 God's ways are higher than our ways, and sometimes He works out His purposes in ways that are totally beyond us, even unpleasant and difficult, as we learn to trust Him in all circumstances.

 I have now been in Toronto for nearly a week, recovering and seeking the Lord's will, and I'm seeing more and more why I am here at this time, even if I go to Kansas City next week.

 As I said, I'm staying with a missionary who has spent many years in Africa, part of that time in a country neighboring on Mali. Over the past few months I have been asking the Lord many questions concerning the details of my move to Mali, and over these past few days I have found many answers in the course of my conversations with that missionary.

 Why the Scripture on top?

 I have an invitation to start teaching German in a private school in Bamako, the capital of Mali, starting October 1st. The e-mail said, "Come, start October 1st, we desperately need a German teacher!"

 As you can see, the decisions being made these days are very profound. I have been preparing to go to Mali for eight years, and I do have to consider whether this is the door to Mali I have been praying for - even though it's earlier than I had intended.

 Certainly, it would make entering the US easy, where I could simply pack up my stuff and say my goodbyes. And I could do research right there in Mali for my thesis.

 Friends, please pray for God's will to be very clear and to be done. So many things are going through my mind at this time.

 Tonight the conference at TACF starts, and I'm looking forward to a few days in His presence, seeking His face, and getting clear guidance as to where to go when for how long.

 In HIS service,


Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance. (Ps 2:8) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
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