The book of Esther shouts the providence of God. Though God Himself is never mentioned in that book, He is there... behind the scenes... working to save and grow His people.
Mordecai wrote Esther at a critical time in the events of that story and asked,
"...who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" Esther 3:14
The events of the last few days have brought that question to the forefront of my mind.
In the last 72 hours, the missionaries here have decided to move on to another mission work and have recommended to the congregation that they receive me as a replacement missionary, at least until the end of Hurricane season in November. The congregation heard that proposal last night and accepted it. They voted unanimously and asked me to work with them here at Marsh Harbour. They even quoted Esther 3:14 regarding this situation.
Needless to say, I was honored with their offer and I have decided to accept it and stay on here to be their missionary/minister at least until the end of November. For the time being, Mission Saint Lucia has become Mission Marsh Harbour.
The church was planted here back in 1950's. With the help of David Caskey and others, they secured property and have built a nice ample sized building with a small fellowship hall added recently.
With property, building, and supplies, they enjoy the benefit of existing infrastructure which helps in all three legs of the mission of the church, (evangelism, benevolence, and edification). The people are wanting to grow and willing to get involved... so, many common hurdles are already down.
Originally, my plan was to sail straight to Saint Lucia... but through a large number of unexpected events which I find difficult to believe were coincidence, God brought me to this place. Who knows whether I have come to this place for such a time as this?
I do know I will do my best as I serve the King in this place for now, and I will watch God work in, through, and behind the scenes to save and grow His people.
I ask for your prayers concerning the work here at Marsh Harbor.