Thursday, 6 March 2014

waiting on the Lord

Time to wait again.  Wait on the Lord, that is.  Quite an active time, really.  And what are we waiting for exactly?  Well, lots of things.  But most significantly...the next steps.  The Buntings 5 are relocating back to the USA at the end of our two year commitment this June. 

It is true that our original hope was that the Lord would give faith and grace to remain here longer.  I still remember the first day or so after we arrived on our little island.  I said, "Oh...I don't want to leave in two years!"  But time, reality, and circumstances can change things.  We have buried two of our beloved parents/grandparents since moving here.  Keith's parents are now in heaven.  We have gone from having one teenager in middle school to two teenagers in high school.  We have seen the goodness and the difficulties of living outside our country of origin while trying to raise our children in the way we feel called.  And the difficulties have pulled at us.

We have made dear friends here and left dear friends back in the U.S.  We have buried both loved ones here and loved ones back in the states.  We have learned to endure 93 and 94 degree temps in our home while trying to homeschool and cook.  We have learned to trust God for finances that we cannot (according to our visas) earn for ourselves.  We have seen answers to prayer above and beyond expectation.  We have seen the dearness of God's people here.  We have missed the dearness of God's people back home.  We have struggled under the lack of efficiency here and then defended it to outsiders who criticize it. 

And all the while God was at work.  Molding, shaping, stretching, sloughing off rough edges, refining, recasting us.  We are different.  A piece of us is forever labelled "Bahamas."  It can't be taken or changed.  It remains.  And we pray fruit remains here long after we're gone.  It is bittersweet.  But in the end, we knew we needed God-given faith to remain here.  So we prayed and prayed.  We read books.  We asked for counsel.  We had others pray and pray.  We ran budget scenarios.  We talked to other missionaries.  And the faith would not come.  God did not birth it.  We are soberly reminded of the verse "Without faith it is impossible to please God."  Hebrews 11:6.  We came here on faith...not quite blind faith, but after only 2 ten day visits.  Sold everything but what we brought here in our 40 boxes.  And to remain, we would need that same kind of faith. 

So now in our leaving, we have many questions. What job will Keith get?  Will we have to leave ministry for the forseeable future?  How will we make a living?  Where we will go?  We have no furniture to take back.  We have no vehicles to take back.  Starting from scratch.  And yet, there is faith for it all.  So in this we walk.  There is faith for it...and so we pray God makes it all clear in His time.  The "where?"  The "who?" The "what?"  And we'll let you know when it all comes together.  In the meantime, please be praying for the Buntings and Kingdom Life Church.  They are well on their way to seeking another man to lead worship at the church, though not in a full-time pastoral role.  Their hope is that it will be a local man who will not have to move or make a cultural adjustment.  Ideally, a Bahamian man with reformed theological views and continuationist beliefs who loves leading God's people in song.  It's possible he's here on this island somewhere!

For all of our faithful readers, pray-ers, and supporters out there...Thank you! We could not be here without you.  Keep us close in your prayers and hearts.  We look forward to all God will do.

5 comments:

  1. Dear Buntings,
    We will pray for you. We respect and love you. Thank you for your example of whole-hearted sacrificial service.
    And we grieve with you in the loss of Keith's dad. Though his parents' legacy continues in you all (& others), these are irreplaceable human losses. May you know God's comfort in deeper and deeper ways.
    "May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high! May He send you help from the sanctuary... May He grant you your heart's desire, and fulfill all your counsel..." (Ps 20)

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  2. TRUTH IS IN THE SCRIPTURES-THE BIBLE

    The truth about God and His plan of salvation and instructions for living the Christian life is found only in the Scriptures. The Scriptures are found in the Bible and the Bible alone.

    2 Peter 3:15-16....Paul....16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which those who are untaught and unstable twist, to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.

    The letters and words of the apostles were Scriptures. Man-made creed books, denominational catechisms, church statements of faith, the man-made traditions of the Pharisees and scribes were not nor are they now considered Scriptures.

    2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have know the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    The Scriptures were able to make Timothy wise for salvation. There is no mention of the Roman Catholic Catechism nor any other denominational creed book that was able to make Timothy wise for salvation. Timothy's mother was not reading from the man-made books of traditions written by the scribes and elders. (SEE: Mark 7:1-9)

    1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried , and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,

    The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was according to the Scriptures. The apostle Paul taught according to the Scriptures, he did not teach according to church catechisms, Bible commentaries, books written about the Bible, church statements of faith, creed books, nor any other man-made opinions.

    THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION AND ALL OF GOD'S DOCTRINES ARE FOUND IN THE SCRIPTURES AND THE SCRIPTURES ALONE.SCRIPTURES ARE FOUND IN THE BIBLE AND THE BIBLE ALONE. If what you are being taught is contrary to the Scriptures, THEN IT IS NOT GOD'S WORD!

    SCRIPTURES:

    Romans 15:4
    Acts 18:28
    Romans 16:26
    Acts 17:11
    Acts 17:2
    John 5:39
    Mathew 21:24
    Matthew 26:56
    Matthew 12:24
    Luke 24;47

    John 7:38 "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."

    It is as the Scripture had said. It is not as the denominational creed books have said. The Roman Catholic church catechism nor any other man-made creed book is Scripture.

    Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.

    NOTHING HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST TWO THOUSAND YEARS. JESUS SHOULD STILL BE PREACHED USING THE SCRIPTURES.

    (All Scripture quotes from: THE NEW AMERICAN KING JAMES VERSION)

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  3. We'll be praying for you, Kristin.

    God is kind to guide us with the gift of faith... or the lack of it. You don't need to justify yourself when you are at peace with Him.

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  4. Thank you friends for your prayers and support. We are eagerly awaiting all God will do, both in our remaining few months here and in the years ahead. He continues to unfold his plan. We feel very blessed.

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  5. God is good all the time and I know He will help us everytime we call Him. Thanks for sharing. the family international

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