“We have begun studying Jonah; Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer, which challenges us to view life’s interruptions as divine interventions or invitations,” the Johnstones say. “We particularly like her quote on page 16: ‘God graciously gives divine interruptions to His children. He presents them an opportunity to partner with Him in purposes they could never conceive. A life interrupted by a holy God is a privilege.’ And so, while we hadn’t planned on going to Fada, we are excited and privileged to do so!
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).
Peter and Christine Johnstone, who have just returned to Burkina Faso, quote this scripture as they change plans and unexpectedly head to the town of Fada.
When they arrived back they fully expected to be preparing for and moving to Garango, and at home had been briefing their supporters in New Zealand to that effect. However, they have come to the point of realising that at this time they are not God’s plan for Garango, after discussions between the Johnstones, Fulani Church leadership and SIM leadership. They say, “The verse above from Isaiah seems to ring true in our situation.”
How often it seems to happen that the book which falls into your hands at times of change and disruption of plans is God-sent.
“Pray for us as we move to Fada, look for a house and start getting to know people
“Pray that we can wisely discern the people God wants us to partner with and the work God has for us in Fada – Pray for James and Abigail as they once again adjust to a new place and new people.”