I used to work as a mental health liaison for state psych units in Indiana. When a person was held against there will in a lock-down unit... the legal term was that they had been "Committed."
2 Timothy 1:12
For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
- I know not why God’s wondrous graceTo me He hath made known,Nor why, unworthy, Christ in loveRedeemed me for His own.
- Refrain:But “I know Whom I have believed,And am persuaded that He is ableTo keep that which I’ve committedUnto Him against that day.”
- I know not how this saving faithTo me He did impart,Nor how believing in His WordWrought peace within my heart.
- I know not how the Spirit moves,Convincing men of sin,Revealing Jesus through the Word,Creating faith in Him.
- I know not what of good or illMay be reserved for me,Of weary ways or golden days,Before His face I see.
- I know not when my Lord may come,At night or noonday fair,Nor if I walk the vale with Him,Or meet Him in the air.Daniel W. Whittle, pub.1883
So...lock me up and throw away the key! I am irrefutably, undeniably, irreversibly COMMITTED. I can not see how everything will work out, and there are some mountains that stand in our way... but I can see how it looks when we arrive. And I can tell you that it is worth the journey.
I am in awe at how God is working already. My friends at Breiel Boulevard Church of God in Middletown Ohio, you cause me to fall face down and cry with thanksgiving. Through your willingess to say "Yes" to the people of Guatemala, God has sent a loud and clear message to my heart that our tentative first steps are indeed Godsent.
Thank you so much my dear uncle Stephen. This is no coincidence. We are here now... where we find ourselves, for a purpose.
Fontaine & Paula Greene, Tom Planck, Larry Renner, Joe Mayerik, Greg Weins, Randy Montgomery... this is no mistake that we have all crossed paths in the past. God has brought us to this place, in this moment... to accomplish something.
I ask you all to reach out within your networks... and to pray during these next few days... ask God what His plan is... what is it that you are to do?
The people of Catalyst Resources International give clothes to the naked, food to the hungry, houses to the homeless, a future to those who have no hope. There is a great need to sustain this ministry... and we have only 3 short years to make it happen.
During the next 18-24 months it is my hope to bring this message to as many churches as possible. I have searched for a my calling all my life. I have had the hands of great ministers placed on me as they spoke of a God plan for my life.
We are raising support and funding for our transition as full time missionaries to San Cristobal, Guatemala to work with C.R.I. It is our goal to run a home that takes in children who have no hope: to educate, to feed, to clothe, to love, and to find their forever families through adoption.
This is our heart... our calling... our conviction. We have experienced the miracle of adoption... and it has become our heartbeat.
Clifford Hutchinson, Henry Howard, Brother Mitchell, Charles Tarr, Carmel Mathis (my Pop)... all have told me that God would one day use me. I must tell you that I had lost hope in this word... I had given up years ago.
And I must also tell you now... my faith has been restored.
This is our calling.
I have found it through the:
faithfulness of my God,
love of my wife,
& the simple truth in the eyes of Guatemalan children.
And so, our family walks this path together... the Journey has begun!
I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto him against that day.