from Scott Rambo:
the day didn't go quite as we had planned. But God is not defeated.
We arrived at the border crossing (Uganda side) and had some trouble
getting through one of the Congolese pastors who was traveling with us.
We were disappointed that he was being sent back to Arua to have some
paperwork processed, but were assured that once it was cleared up he
would be able to join us on the other side. I think they were hoping
that we would try to "grease the wheels" a bit and, after we left him
there to take a boda-boda back to Arua, they let him go through anyway
and he was able to join us on the Congo side. God was NOT defeated.
And then we got to the Congo side and were able to get through part
of the red tape just fine. They sent us on to the next point where we
would be issued our actual visas. That is where things went downhill. We
were pretty sure that the visa should only be about $50 (indeed others
were paying $50), but they office was insisting on $140. We couldn't
justify spending money that had been entrusted to us like that and
started figuring out if we should leave. Meanwhile, one of the pastors
traveling with us went in to town and found some of the elder pastors to
see if they might be able to find a way forward. They were not able and
we got back in the car and came back home to Arua. We got into Congo,
but just barely. But God is not DEFEATED.
I came home and was talking to Meg. I was frustrated, annoyed,
disappointed, etc. Meg looked at me and said, "Joshua had to march
around Jericho 7 times, this was 1." And you know what, she's right. We
may have been delayed. We may have felt like we wasted a day. We may
have felt confronted. BUT GOD IS NOT DEFEATED!! We know that anytime
God's people are stepping out in faith to follow God's plan there is
going to be opposition, it shouldn't surprise us. But we can trust in
the fact that even though there is opposition today, God has already won
the war. (Incidentally, you can read a blog post from our friends the
Coppedges on just this same idea here).
We don't know when the next time we will have a chance to step onto
Congolese soil, but we are ready to keep marching whenever that call
comes. God is not defeated, He is the Victor!
We are more
convinced than ever that we need you standing in prayer with us. We
don't want to be bowed down by opposition. Will you commit anew to
lifting up our family, this ministry, and the nation of Congo? Will you
bow before the God who will NEVER be defeated on our behalf?