Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hard pressed, yet not crushed...

Some things just refuse to quit...

Rick can't believe that this 3-cylinder diesel still runs! (photos and video by Todd Green)
 We came across this tired and noisy diesel engine laboring hard behind a mud building while its owner worked just as hard inside grinding maize for the local villagers.

From a mechanic's point of view, there was no reason for this ancient machine to keep running, but it was. Here is a short video to give you an idea of its sad condition:
Sometimes life throws a few game-stoppers our way. A debilitating illness, a financial setback, a relationship challenge - we don't have to go far to find examples.

To get beyond, it's sometimes good to go back - back to the words of Paul, who reminds 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...Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." (2 Corinthians 4:8-9,16)

May you be renewed today, and every day. Remember the promise given to us in Galatians 6:9: "So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."

Thanks to all who helped Mercy Tech Mission to keep "doing what is good" this past year. Your prayers and financial support are already producing a harvest of blessing, and we will press on in 2012 to see more of the same.
A happy and a blessed Christmas to you all.
Ed Hyslip & Todd Green

Bob Denesiuk & Rick Cogbill (Photo by Lynn Lagore)