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I Can Do All Things
I can do all things through Christ which stengtheneth me
(Philippians 4:13) is the verse I have claimed again and again.
For instance, the day we arrived in Barbados to fill in for
Robert and Rhoda Smith, we were introduced to the leadership
team. Even with all their packing to leave the next day, the Smiths had a special meal
with all the leaders and us to share testimonies and God's calling to serve. By faith—they
left their church in our hands, and we said “can do.” They had set up a careful plan and
schedule to assist us while we adjusted to the hottest temperatures of the year in a new
place. At that dinner in their home, God knitted us all together in faith. Certainly, planning
this event during their own stressful packing and move took great faith to say “can do.”
Sometimes “all these things” have to be carried out, but it takes one step at a time as
we focus on each task. When Coco Chan came home from teaching her public school
Bible classes all day, she walked into a very hot kitchen to make her delicious Shepherd's
Pie. She turned on the gas stove and oven to prepare her huge company meal. I worked
with her as long as I could until the heat became unbearable. (I thought I would have a
heat stroke). Coco just kept on preparing dish after dish and then served Gary and me
plus four national leaders and pastors. Her persistent efforts brought about not only a
wonderful refreshing meal but also built a unifying bond of the national pastors. They
were able to plan how to defeat Satan's work to destroy their churches. This demonstrated
Philippians 4:13 in action.
Finally, HOW can I do all things? We need the power from God ...through Christ which
When Philip, our oldest son, was four years old, he had severely garbled speech that even
I, his mother, couldn't understand. While I kept my younger two children at home, Philip
went to missionary Gene and Doris Stockton's home each day
for kindergarten with a little Puerto Rican girl that Doris kept.
Doris had linguistic training. She held Philip's face and made
sure he watched and focused on her placement of the tongue.
He had “missionary” speech therapy while Gary worked with
Gene building a church in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Through Christ
we were trusting God to plant a church. He worked a miracle
in Philip's ability to communicate at the same time! I can do all
things through Christ which strengtheneth me. This January we
Gene & Doris Stockton
saw this literally illustrated for us as we sat in a new church plant in Vietnam de la Mina,
Dominican Republic. In front of us were three little brothers about eight, five and two
years old. What a challenge those two older ones had caring for their little brother! Every
time he decided to run away, they went after him, picked him up and brought him back.
Isn't that what we need to do to develop new converts? Forgive 70 x 7, love, and bring them
in again. Yes, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Philippians 4:13).
4 Islander – No 1, 2013