The fourth chapter of Joshua stands out to me at this point in time. After many years of slavery and subsequent years of roaming around the desert, God brings the Israelites to the banks of the Jordan river. Moses has passed away and God calls Joshua to step forward and lead God's people into the promised land. There is the amazing story of how God, once again, holds back the waters and allows the Israelites to pass through on dry ground. What strikes me in particular at this point in my life is what they do next. God asks them to take up twelve stones from the river and to set them up on the other side as a reminder of God's faithfulness. One person from each of the twelve tribes takes up a stone from the river and Joshua erects an altar of sorts which, according the Bible, still stands today.
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In less than two months we will arrive in Lubumbashi, DRC. When we get there, I'll be looking for some stones! I don't want to forget that even though we've been ministering in other places, ultimately this is the place that the Lord promised to bring us over ten years ago. We are humbled by God's invitation to be used for His Kingdom and we are constantly reminded of His faithfulness. Lord, build up within me an "altar" of remembrance so that I may testify to your faithfulness.