These two words had been rolling around in my mind for a month or so before we understood what was going on. My spirit was beginning to catch on to something the Lord was speaking, but it took a little while before we got the whole picture.
Since April this year we have been having a much harder time being in missions here in French Polynesia. It started with David hitting a real low point (see June blog post) and then Erin a while later. We wanted to give up and we wanted to go home.
God has spoken several specific words in the past few months as He ministers to us during this harder time. One of the first words He spoke was through a friend who asked Erin: “how is your relationship(s) with your spiritual covering?” If it is not good then it is not a surprise you are struggling; you are all alone out there!!
This word sent us to prayer and began unfolding more of the impression floating around David’s mind: “parents & orphans”. God revealed how we had drifted a bit in some of our relationships that were providing some sort of spiritual covering for us. God convicted us regarding ways we had distanced ourselves or not made enough effort to stay connected to those who pray for us, sent us out or provide some sort of spiritual “parenting” – we had orphaned ourselves!
As Erin and I prayed and repented, we made a list of people or ministries that provide covering for us somehow: a list of our “parents” if you will. We contacted them and repented for the distance that had arisen over time. For some it was simply re-establishing contact, for others it was a commitment to sow some of our tithe money to them faithfully, to others it was committing to regular contact & communication.
God spoke to me “3 Cs” that are a responsibilities for spiritual parents and “3 Cs” that are responsibilities for spiritual children. They are specific to our context of missions within YWAM but I believe there are principles here that apply to many other similar contexts/relationships.
May this bless you and regardless of who you are or what you do… pray and seek the Lord regarding your spiritual covering. Are there actions steps you need to take as a “child” of a “parent”? Are there things you need to do for those under your covering?
God has placed us in these relationships for our good and for our protection, growth and well-being.
Fathers and Mothers
Sons and Daughters