Brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,
It seems like there are only 24 hours in a day and we need time to take care of our little ones, nurturing our marriage, spending specific time with God, reaching the lost, helping the broken, discipling the growing and a bit for rest too. Bigger than all of that are the many situations when we listen or see and know that there is no logical or of this world solution to what is in front of us. We thank God for each of you reading this and praying for us. We sure are glad that God knows what He is doing. It is that kind of faith that gets us through each day knowing that we do not need to do everything. We just need to do what God has for us and cast all our cares and concerns on Jesus for He truly cares for each person and situation even more that we do!!!
With so many broken families, and specifically men making families and then leaving them to fend for themselves, it often feels like we are undermanned. If you can imagine playing checkers with 3 pieces on your side and the full 12 across from you then you get the picture.
What do you say when a mother is struggling with disciplining and nurturing her children, including adolescent and teenage boys, and the obvious answer is that they need a father? We listen, pray, and try to help in what seems like little ways now and then. Who fixes things, carries couches or takes the boys out fishing in your family? From another single mother Morgan got a call asking if he could fix a door. A different man had kicked down the door and shattered the doorframe. Her little ones were crying and older boys not at home. What do you do?
Why do we mention all these things? The common thread here is the whole outnumbered and undermanned reality of families in Northern Manitoba. There are more broken families than whole ones. That means that if every father that is with his wife takes responsibility for his family and another family’s children there are STILL those who have no father figure in their life. Tougher yet are the fathers that in all practical ways have abandoned their families but keep randomly coming back and causing trouble for their family.
So we need to pray something like these verses from Psalm 68. “Let God arise, Let His enemies be scattered; Let those also who hate Him flee before Him. As smoke is driven away, So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire, So let the wicked perish at the presence of God. But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a dry land.” Psalm 68:1-3, 5-6
Prayerfully we try to meet the needs and see the opportunities that God puts before us. In the two situations described above, we felt God leading us to be involved in little ways.
With the first family Morgan sat the children down and described to them why they need to respect and obey their mother. Tactfully Morgan had them listening with the incentive of going ice fishing. By God’s grace they listened well to their Mother and the next day Morgan and four of the children packed into the fishing shack for a few hours. Though not a fish was to be found the real fishing was of men. Every time a semi-truck was driving towards them as they drove out to the fishing spot the children were talking about crashing in to it. This opened up the conversation about what it takes to be ready to die and what happens after death. One of the children had accepted Jesus as Savior and made Him Lord of her life at Mid-Way Bible Camp and so it was relatively easy for Morgan to turn the conversation towards our need for Jesus. Out on the ice as the sun went down the children asked for “freaky” stories and so Morgan shared the story of a man possessed by a legion of demons and more importantly how Jesus healed Him and is our source of courage and peace. On the way back Morgan got to ask them if they had a good time and they all did so he got to talk about how God changed him and how a family or life founded on God makes for good times like that one even if you don’t catch any fish!!!
At the broken door one of the teenage boys was home and willing to help. This was the opportunity that God had set up. Screwing the door frame back together and putting the hinges up were only the first part. Morgan got to gently ask where the young man had been the last few month and be there just at the moment God had made. The young man had wandered into some bad relationships and made some bad choices but over the past few weeks he was responding to the conviction that he did not want to walk the path he was on and wanted to turn back to God. Morgan had almost not gone since he is not a door repairman and there were other things that “needed” to get done but in this situation it seemed like God wanted Morgan to go. In retrospect it all makes sense.
We might only have 3 checkers to the 12 across the board but we have the God who forms each person, defeated death after the cross and keeps the planets in motion with us. It is amazing to see how with God’s wisdom we can meet some needs without being overwhelmed. We can take care of each other and ourselves not in a reasonable or logical way but in a Godly way not leaving our children uncared for or neglected and yet being used by God to fulfill His good will. Please pray for us as we seek to build God’s kingdom one life at a time. Please pray for the land application for Mid-Way Bible Camp as it seems stuck in bureaucracy and red tape. Please pray that each one of us, that includes you, would fight sin and trials through prayer. We thank God for each one of you who cares and supports us in prayer, financially and encouragement. God is good and He is at work.
Your brother and sister In Christ Jesus,
Morgan and Krista Serger
with Obadiah, Enoch and Amos