Posted by: Brittany Asbury | August 1, 2008

August 2008 Newsletter

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven – Ecclesiastes 3:1.

My HOPE internship here in downtown Louisville is sadly coming to an end. All the hours working at the day shelter, all the rides on the city bus, all the dinners with my teammates, all the spade card games with my new friends at the shelter, and all the awkward moments in our neighborhood will sadly be a part of my past. But their presence and effect on my life will definitely influence my future.

When I first engaged in this program, I had no idea what God had in mind. To be honest, I just thought I was going to be serving and loving on the homeless. I didn’t know God was going to show me so much about Himself and about myself. He has taught me so much: how to have confidence in Him, how to discard the hidden pride in my life, how to live in the present, and how to let love cover others’ wrongs. But I’d like to focus my letter on what God has shown me about Himself.

As I reflect on the events of this summer, I see how sovereign God is. I can remember countless times when I was panicking at the moment because I had no idea what to do. I just remember giving the situation to God asking Him to be in control and to handle it. Some of these instances included figuring out how to talk to the homeless guests at the beginning of the summer, meeting neighbors that seemed to never be home or interested in getting to know us, etc. I’ve seen how God did handle it in each situation. God moved in ways beyond what I could have planned myself.

God used those little circumstances at the beginning to prepare me for trusting Him more in bigger situations down the road. I can’t say that I still didn’t panic though. For instance, a week ago our Somalian neighbors invited us to a wedding. The whole day before the wedding I found myself fretting about what to do at a Muslim wedding: What do I wear? How do I act? Do I talk about Jesus or not? Fortunately, as I sat with God that day I just laid these worries at His feet. I knew He wanted us to go for a reason and that He would show us what to do. I felt such peace in trusting Him. The wedding went exceptionally well, and I even got to share with one of the Muslim women how God had saved me from my life of sin and death.

God’s sovereignty touched me again today as I was praying for my friends at the shelter. I was starting to get overwhelmed at the fact that so many of them don’t know Jesus as their Savior and don’t live in His freedom. I’ve noticed that the last few weeks at the shelter, I’ve put so much emphasis on myself to be a “good” witness and talk about Jesus effectively. When I realized that I couldn’t be a good enough witness and that it was all in God’s power, I just kind of gave up and didn’t care anymore. My thoughts were “They are so deep in problems and sins. There’s no way they’re going to understand all this stuff about God and trust Him.” Fortunately, God corrected me on those condemning thoughts. He showed me that He is sovereign in that He can draw these people to His heart and help them understand Him in ways I can not. It’s not up to me to be a “good” witness, but I shouldn’t be careless either. So I rested in God’s sovereignty today. My friends at the shelter and in my neighborhood need Jesus, just like I do. It feels impossible for me to explain Him to them. But He can reveal Himself. All I need to do is love God and let His love flow through me to others.

I am going to miss my teammates, my neighbors, and my friends at the shelter terribly! But “there is a time for everything.” And “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecclesiastes 3:11. It’s time for me to leave, but I will hold these beautiful memories in my heart forever and let them constantly remind me to live in God’s sovereignty everyday.

Thank you so much for all your financial and spiritual support of me over this summer! Please consider continually supporting this ministry so that others may have their “time.” Building relationships with people is a crucial component in sharing Jesus and sharing life. Sufferings and joys can be shared together alike, and community is established. My teammate Lindsey will be coming back in September to participate in the year long HOPE program. She chose to stay for a year so she could deepen the relationships that she found here and love our new friends in a life-changing way. Please help support my friend Lindsey with financial donations and prayerful efforts.

I would love to share with you about my summer. If you would like to talk or hear about it, please feel free to give me a call at 502.396.0267. Thanks and God bless you.

Sincerely,

Brittany Asbury

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Responses

  1. What a summer you’ve had, Brittany. Isn’t it amazing that when we choose to serve others (and Him) that He reveals so much to us?

  2. Whoa! I was gonna use that same scripture in mine! But I didn’t…


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