Update from the Herreras (Sept.)

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 10:23

“Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” (Oxford dictionary)
نأملIn Tunisian Arabic, I hope (Naamel):

I have been filled with hope and anticipation as I returned to Tunisia a few weeks ago. Hope for my friends, my neighbors, my coworkers, the children without a home, the moms who are single and alone, the women behind bars. It is really because of hope that our close friend, Sam, goes to the mosque every day, hoping to be forgiven for his shortcomings, hoping for a brighter future. It is also full of hope that Lili and Sara, two of the single moms I work with, awaited my return this time around, hoping I could fix their problems.

“So, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.”

Psalm 39:7

It is interesting to me that the word “hope” in the biblical sense is synonym with trust. The question remains: who do we trust?
Lili and Sara trusted me to make everything better. In all my humanness, I cannot do this alone. Only the Lord God almighty, in all His great wisdom, can. The only hope for our friends is the hope of a Savior. Please join us in praying for them. Lord, everyday, increase our awareness of our inadequacy in comparison with Your all sufficiency.

“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you.”

Ephesians 1:18-19

 

Same vision, greater impact…

The purpose of development work is to create projects that will eventually be self-sufficient and make good use of local resources. With this in mind and after much prayer and consideration, my role with ACT is evolving as new opportunities arise.
My project involvement is decreasing slowly while I am networking with local partners more and more. Furthermore, I am currently assisting ACT in the building of relationships with the international community via their quarterly newsletter, and in the organizing of meetings and fundraising concerts. Please pray with us during this time of transition – that His will in our lives would come first, and that His great wisdom would be our daily companion.