All Change

All change is a phrase that has direct connection to a public transport vehicle which is not proceeding any further. In the designing of the timetable, the scheduler has made the decision that completion of the journey requires the movement of alighting from and boarding on a different vehicle with different passengers to travel on different roads to get to the required destination.
This process that leads to ‘all change’ on the public transport network has its similarities in life. There are times when life’s vehicle that we all travel stops and we find ourselves alighting and joining a different vehicle, travelling on a different route with different individuals. Over the past few weeks Lorraine and I have found ourselves being part of ‘all change’. The personal changes on leaving one employment and engaging in another, the change of having our eldest son get married and move out of the family home has all brought an impact to the Armstrong family.
Although these changes have an effect and it takes time to adjust, however by far the greatest ‘all change’ in our lives at present has been our acceptance to SIM to be associate missionaries in Zimbabwe. Boarding SIM means starting a ‘new journey’ with new ‘fellow passengers’ who have all the the same desire of reaching the same destination that ‘no one should live and die without hearing God’s good news’.
This change to work with SIM has the greatest bearing because it has an eternal dimension to it. The changes that we are experiencing now affects people who we may never meet in this life but attend congregations of pastors who we desire will be effective communicators of God’s Holy word. Our prayer is that as we prepare to join the SIM Zimbabwe team in the area of supporting these pastors and their spouses, the Zimbabwean church will be built and deepen as they come under effective preaching, so that hearts and lives will experience that ‘all change’ that comes from a Christ devoted life.
At this time, we are involved in a number of meetings in Northern Ireland exposing the need in Zimbabwe for pastors to receive grounded training in the Word of God and we have been greatly encouraged by the interest and support. We would ask you to pray that as we attend these meetings we would not become too familiar with the presentations that we deliver but that we will see every meeting as a fresh opportunity to present Christ, his church and call that is on each one of us to the ‘all change’ of being called out of darkness into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9) that is only possible through Christ.
Only one life, the still small voice,
Gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave,
And to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

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