The Bible that I use today was given to me in 1987. The very first verse that I underlined was from Isaiah 58:12. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
At that time, we were living in an “old” city: Charleston, SC. I never imagined that we would serve in another country. When we came to Europe, the word “old” took on a “new” meaning. We saw ruins from the Roman Empire and buildings dating back to the medieval times. All of these carried a history that put scripture into a totally different prospective.
Last year as we dedicated the ministry house, this is the scripture that I felt pertained to this place of restoration. Interestingly, at the dedication Isaiah 58:12 was the scripture that was chosen by both the minister and the contractor.
During the last few weeks, this passage continues to be spoken. Back in June we were in Vukovar, Croatia that was literally destroyed in the war during the 1990s. We'll return in December to give a Christmas concert. The organizer gave this scripture to us along with the invitation.
In regard to the developing connection between the churches in Hungary and Croatia, again I was given this scripture while a historical event from 900 years ago was explained.
In August, while driving down the highway with the national overseer of Hungary, he quoted this scripture and said that this is our task.
For almost the entire month of September, Rose, Marion and I were in Montenegro, one of the least evangelized nations of Europe. This month was one of the most significant events in our entire lives. There we saw the ruins of synagogues and ancient Christian churches from the Illyricum empire.
Maybe Isaiah 58:12 symbolizes all of Europe. A builder will tell you that it is easier to build from ground up rather than restoring old ruins. Yes, there is a challenge.
Now I will reinforce our own family foundations by traveling to visit my 87 year old mother who is now in an assisted living facility as well as my 21 year old son that is a student at the University of Southern Mississippi.
“The Best Is Yet To Come”