For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
My new year began with the most wonderful book I “just happened” to find in my mailbox. I love how there are no accidents with God, just God-incidents. He knew I needed to read this biography, so He mailed it to me! If you’ve ever had things go wrong in your life (and who hasn’t?), you will love this book, too!
When You Don’t See His Plan is the touching and inspiring story of Nadine Hennesy, missionary to Kosovo. What makes her story unlike others was the tragic death of her husband after only 11 months of marriage. It seemed their dreams of missionary work in Peru were over, as Nadine gave birth to their daughter without her husband Ed.
But Nadine did not give up. She started teaching again, served the Lord a year in Peru with her daughter Lydia, then was called to an orphanage in Albania, and finally is directing a school in Kosovo. Nadine is a regular American girl who put herself in God’s hands, allowing Him to use her wherever needed. Just imagine the number of lives Jesus has touched through her!
I immediately felt drawn to Nadine, as she and author Rebecca Baker shared her story. Nadine shows us all how to trust Jesus through the hardest situations, and come through praising Him. What a joy to count her as a sister in faith who I will meet in heaven someday.
Today’s TEA CUPP: If you’d like to read this book and share in Nadine’s ministry, When You Don’t See His Plan is available from Discovery House Publishers. My prayer is we all can be such bright lights for Jesus as Nadine and her daughter Lydia.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:18 (NKJV)