Posted by: សារ៉ា(Sarah) | July 6, 2014

Jungle Journal, May 9 – Mango Tree Miracle

For those of you who didn’t read the story Momo and I wrote for the Sharons’ blog, I’m reposting it here with a few pictures.

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Our Friday began ordinary enough.  Some students were working, others were studying, and we were teaching.  It was after school that things took an unexpected turn.  Most of our students came to us and asked if they could go home for the weekend, although it is not a home weekend.  They all had good or helpful reasons for wanting to go – a few wanted to get some of their friends and bring them here to study also, while others wanted to get seeds to plant or more rice.  So we watched them walk away in small clusters.  Only four remained.

At lunch we talked about maybe making flatbread for Sabbath.  Our students were enthusiastic and asked if they could learn to make it, too.  Normally they go to the classroom/dorm to sleep in the afternoons since they get up so early, but instead they joined us in the kitchen to help with the bread.

Pretty soon, just about everyone was up at the kitchen working on bread or sorting soybeans or happily chatting away when the wind picked up and we could tell that rain was on the way.  It felt wonderful since the wind cooled things off considerably.

Suddenly we heard it: snap! pop!  We froze, then raced to the doorway in time to see the trunk and canopy of our gigantic 90-foot mango tree crush our just completed dorm/classroom building, totally demolishing it.

Our first silent reaction of horror was slowly replaced by the recognition of the miracle we had just witnessed.  Normally, our new building is the place to be – either the students are working there, sleeping there, or just visiting there.  But today nobody was in it at all.  We were all together in the kitchen instead.  We know God sent our students home this weekend, and that His protective hand covered all of us.

Satan may be angry with what we are trying to accomplish here.  But it is so encouraging to know that God is helping and protecting us.  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…”  Romans 8:28.

In every situation, it seems God reminds us of a song that fits our circumstances.  This time the song He brought to mind is called “Gratitude.”  With each new experience in the mission field, the depth of meaning in these words continues to expand.  For those unfamiliar with the song, we pray you are blessed and encouraged by the words:

“Send some rain, would You send some rain?

‘Cause the earth is dry and needs to drink again,

And the sun is high and we are sinking in the shade.

Would You send a cloud, thunder, long and loud?

Let the sky grow black and send some mercy down;

Surely You can see we’re thirsty and afraid.

“But maybe not, not today.

Maybe You’ll provide in other ways,

And if that’s the case…

We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude

For lessons learned in how to thirst for You,

How to bless the very sun that warms our face

If You never send us rain.

“Daily bread, give us daily bread.

Bless our bodies, keep our children warm and fed;

Fill our cups, then fill them up again tonight.

Wrap us up, and warm us through,

Tucked away beneath our sturdy roofs;

Let us slumber safe from danger’s view this time.

“Or maybe not, not today.

Maybe You’ll provide in other ways,

And if that’s the case…

We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude –

A lesson learned to hunger after You –

That a starry sky offers a better view if no roof is overhead,

And if we never taste that bread.

“Oh, the difference that often lies between

All the things we really want, and what we really need.

“So grant us peace, Jesus, grant us peace!

Move our hearts to hear a single beat

Between alibis and enemies tonight.

“Or maybe not, not today.

Peace might be another world away,

And if that’s the case…

We’ll give thanks to You with gratitude

For lessons learned in how to trust in You,

That we’re blessed beyond what we could ever dream,

In abundance or in need,

And if You never grant us peace.

“But, Jesus, would You, please.”

Yes, we choose to thank Him for His continued miracles – including the laughter I hear coming from the clean-up crew.  I’d better get busy and go help them!

Sarah made two observations: the tree was huge, and mango wood stinks.

Sarah made two observations upon arrival: the tree was huge, and mango wood stinks.

Jason and Esther Paw exploring.

Jason and Esther Paw exploring (you can see them if you look really carefully).

Jason and Memewah – yes, we can smile in the face of Satan's rage, because "if God be for us, who can be against us?"  Romans 8:31.

Jason and Memewah – yes, we can smile in the face of Satan’s rage, because “if God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31.

Our clean-up fire the following week.

Our clean-up fire the following week.


Responses

  1. WOW, God is soooo good!!!

  2. Oh, Sarah . . . PRAISE GOD that no students or staff–or anyone, for that matter–were in the building when the mango tree toppled over! I continue to hold you (and Jonathan, now also) up in prayer most mornings (here). With “lotsa” love, Paula


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