Made of Clay

What a whirlwind of a summer, I started out by graduating from Tennessee Tech, followed by picking up Bryn at the airport and then a week later getting married, then Prefield orientation or PFO as it is so commonly known, then a week with the Rices and Jones, then a week with the Millers, and now Indonesia.  There has been so much change in the last month and a half.  Everything is so new including, marriage, culture, language, etc.  It is exciting and frustrating at the same time.  But, as I step foot onto this land that I now call home, I cannot help but say I am blessed.  It is beautiful here and the people are so friendly.  I may not be able to speak the language or understand a lot of the culture, but I feel so connected here.  From the time that I stepped in this country in December, I have an overwhelming peace that this is where I am supposed to be at this time until God moves Bryn and I otherwise.   I miss aspects of home and I miss my family, but I love it here.  I have been working on setting up our home for the year and working on my classroom and I am overwhelmed in a good way of the amazing grace and plans that God has for me in this coming school year.   

I feel such a deep connection to these people and a desire to be a light to those who have yet to hear the truth.  August first began the month of Ramadan, which is a month of fasting from sun-up to sun-down in which the majority religion participates in.  Please pray with me for these people during this time and pray for God to reveal truth to them.

In Acts it says, “every nation who fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”  As the president of NICS said to us during PFO, “we are a people whose feet are made of clay” to reach a world whose is made of clay and can be molded by the Potter if they let Him.   Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our Potter; we all are the work of your hands.”  I am a masterpiece in the making by the ultimate Potter and I pray that as I begin this new journey that I would be a light to the clay that is not being molded by the True Potter, but by the potters and lies of the world.  I pray that they would allow the Potter to mold them into His masterpiece and trust Him with their lives.  My prayer is that I would be clay this year and always so that I never become satisfied with whom I am and never stop allowing the Potter to mold me more into the masterpiece He would have me to be and to reach the clay of the world who has yet to allow the Potter to mold them.  I also hope that you will allow the Potter to mold you.  For with Him, He has plans and designs that you would never imagine. 

Bryn and I start school in two weeks and there is so much to do to prepare to be able to teach the students that God has placed in my class.  Please pray that God would reveal to me His plan for the coming school year as I pray through what He would have me to do to teach and share Christ with my students.  Please pray for protection against the darkness that surrounds us, the forces that know what we stand for and are armed and ready to try to defeat us.  Please pray that we would stand strong with our armor on.  Please pray for safe travels for the old staff that has not yet arrived back in Indonesia. 

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Signing off from Indonesia,

               Courtney Rice