Recently Diane and I read a series of on-line devotions on the subject of “Dealing with Change.” They were excellent messages based on the changeless Word of our Lord, designed to help believers facing often unwanted and frequently unavoidable change. I must say, they were certainly spot-on for us at this particular time.
A month ago the dedication of the Hope Center was scheduled for July 13, our daughter, Kim, founder and president of Women of Hope International, and her coworker, Kelsey, were preparing to come to Sierra Leone with tickets in hand for our return to the USA. That was a month ago. As July 1st approached it became more and more obvious that the buildings would not be ready for dedication, nor complete enough for us to leave them without supervision to the end. After Kim’s arrival and evaluation of the construction progress, the decision was made to postpone the dedication until October when Kim would again return to Sierra Leone with a short-term team to help with some workshops. And our departure was postponed as well until the end of August. Certainly unwanted change, but also unavoidable, if we were to leave feeling like we had seen the project through to completion.
Please continue to pray for the construction progress. We have heard that with construction in Africa, “finishing” is always the hardest and takes the most patience and endurance. Pray for us too, that we remain focused on the tasks that need completion until each facet of the work is completed to the satisfaction of both the contractor, ourselves, and Women of Hope. Pray also that we keep our eyes on the Lord instead of on the circumstances as we accept these less-than-desired changes. Pray too for the workers, that they willingly and diligently hold the course until the end. Thank you so much for holding us before the Lord these many months.
With you in His service,
Les & Diane Kimball