Matthew 6:26 New International Version (NIV)26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Outside our back porch we have a Redbud Tree that became the home of a family of Robins this year. The nest was carefully placed on a large branch of the tree and you can see the mama Robin bringing some food to the mouths of some hungry babies. We watched these baby birds being cared for day after day and saw their needs being methodically met by a caring mama and caring papa. Pretty soon we saw them stretch out their wings and begin to push themselves up and out of the nest when one day the nest was empty and to our amazement the mama Robin was leading her babies around on the ground helping them to take flight and launch out of their nest and out on their own. We were amazed at how much care and concern we observed as these birds matured and went out on their own. It brought to mind Matthew 6:26 and just how much God cares for the birds of the air and how He feeds them. Watching this scripture play out every morning was a blessing to us and then as you look at the question in this verse, "Are you not much more valuable than they?" We were reminded just how much our heavenly Father cares for us and we want to remind you just how much our heavenly Father cares for you!
Rowen, our granddaughter, came over for a long weekend stay to visit with "Papa and Ama." We made sure that we fed the birdies. We thought about how much God cares for the birds of the air for each one of us. We noticed as well that the overflow from the food spilling from the feeder to the ground allows the rabbits and squirrels and bigger birds to enjoy the food and have their needs cared for as well. Often times it is in these small ways that God reminds us just how much he does care for each one of us. Often we benefit from stopping and pausing to reflect on how much our Heavenly Father cares. I hope that Rowen's example is a reminder to you today that you are loved and how much God loves you. You are His priceless treasure and you are the object of His care. Often times we have the opportunity in our work of encouraging our missionaries to remind them of these truths and every once in awhile it is great to allow the truth to be refreshed in our own hearts as we share that with others. Rowen is a sweet little girl and she is learning how to care for the birdies, just like Jesus does.
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We ask a continued interest in your prayers and we also would like to know how we can pray for you. Our partnership is made better as we pray for each other, so please email us and we'd love to connect with you. We also have some opportunities where we could come to speak in your church or small group. If you are interested in having us come and share an update with you in person, please let us know.
July will keep us here in Marion at WGM Headquarters. We have a very active month of ministry with our missionaries right after the July 4 holiday.
July 10 - 14 Orientation Camp - where we will train six new missionaries being sent out to the field. We have missionaries going to work among the Native Americans in Arizona, Tenwek Hospital in Kenya, Africa, and Heritage Christian School in Uganda, Africa.
July 18 - 20 Renewal - we have 15 missionaries and their children that will be coming in for a time of debriefing and renewal. Pray with us that we listen well to them and that God will help us to be ministers of encouragement to them.
July 23 -17 CMS - which is our strategy planning time that will assist missionaries in building their support teams and prayer teams through training in media, finances, and other coaching tools to help them get to the field. Jordan will be attending this training to launch his work as a missionary disciple.
August 5 - 8 - Travel out east to Pennsylvania and New Jersey/New York areas to meet with missionary contacts there.
August 13 - 26 - Travel to Tirana, Albania via Rome, Italy. We will stop off in Rome for a couple days and meet with two of our ministry partners and celebrate our 33rd Anniversary with them. We fly over to Tirana, Albania for our first WGM Europe Regional Retreat where we will be able to spend quality time with each of our missionaries serving in that region of the world.
Thank you again for standing with us. Your partnership is such a blessings. We hope to hear from you and cherish the blessing that each of you is our ministry and to our lives.
Ned and Marlene McGrady
Directors of Member Health
World Gospel Mission
Marion, IN 46952