Dear Partners and Friends of Teamwork Africa,
As we continue in our journey of faith, I am reminded of these strong and encouraging words found in 2 Cor. 4:6-9 (NIV):
 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
It is very easy to become discouraged or distracted by the difficulties that challenge us on a day to day basis. One thing we should know by now is that 'life is NOT easy'… and God never promised us it would be! We face no unrippled seas or smooth pathways. By now, those of us who have walked with Jesus for any length of time should come to expect the stresses and pressures of life that are placed in front of us in order that we may learn perseverance and demonstrate endurance! The constant grace evidenced in my life is that it has never been, nor will it ever be 'about me', but rather, it is about making room in my heart for the Light of Christ to illuminate His purposes that I am called to accomplish.
So as I look to my day today, I am ready for whatever circumstance comes my way because of this all – surpassing power. Oh, how I love the fact that God has made provision for us in these times of hardship! Think about this phrase for a moment: The great power referred to here was that which was manifested in the ministry of those who labored and strived for the work of the Gospel. It is that power that sustained those who would dare to whole-heartedly trust the Lord in the midst of persecution and trial. It is that all – surpassing power that comes to life in the endeavor of taking the gospel to both domestic and international lands, even in the face of danger, conflict, and yes, even in spite of any and all opposition that men would throw up as deterrents.
The idea is that in spite of all of the obstacles thrown in the face of believers who are tracking spiritually with the Lord, the success of our faithfulness in this journey goes well beyond any form of human strength or wisdom. Take a few moments to read 1 Corinthians 1: 25-31, and you might be encouraged as I am, that God's design is choosing the weak and lowly things of this world to use as His instruments in order that His power might be on display and that whatever is accomplished in our lives was not done in human strength or power.
So, friends and partners, the next time an obstacle appears to block the path of your journey with the Lord Jesus and threatens you with distraction or discouragement, be reminded: God's got this because of His all – surpassing power at work in us!
In the grip of His grace,
Assistant Director – US