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Transition: Prayers, Patience & Pursuit by Brandyn Knight If our whole life and ministry to this point were to be summed up in one word, it would be TRANSITION. Although transition tends to be uncomfortable, we have learned that it will reveal much about who you are and how you view God. Instead of getting angry or frustrated at the Lord, we are reminded by David in Psalm 37:3–7a: and working in whatever capacity needed. We LOVED our time at Maranatha Baptist Church, and we were able to see 15 teenagers saved through the youth ministry we had the privilege to lead. God was working, and folks were excited; yet, under the surface, God was busy in our hearts. Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. We began to read prayer letters about a great need for missionaries in Military Missions. We were seeing God work in the lives of single GIs and in families of the church. Each time we witnessed these things first hand, we would hear a question in our hearts, “Would you go to them?” Each time I would say, “But God, you called us to Russia, surely the need is just as great there too!” This passage has been an anchor for our family during the “hard” transitions. Its truths have been fleshed out in our lives. In 2007 I surrendered to the Lord in the area of missions. With all my heart I believed God had called me to be a missionary to Russia. I immediately began learning the Russian language. I studied much about the culture and looked for opportunities to be a witness to Russians with whom God allowed me to come in contact. In 2009 I was able to take a survey trip to Russia and work alongside missionary Adam Young. The trip preparations did not go quite as planned, but God blessed and that month in Samara was a blessing to me spiritually. I had settled on praying about an opportunity I thought God had opened up for us to work in Togliatti, Russia. However, upon graduation from West Coast Baptist College in 2010, the only viable door of ministry for us at the time was at the Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan. I looked for some other avenue of ministry that would prepare us for work with Russians, but door after door kept closing. God wanted us in Okinawa, and so to Okinawa we went! What was supposed to be a one-year internship became two. We were busy designing prayer cards and brochures, serving on staff, From November 2011 until March 2012, God was going to take us on a journey of self denial and surrender. We prayed, fasted, and prayed some more, but still no peace—no peace about military missions, no peace about Russia. “God, where are you in all of this?” was the plea of our hearts. Sometime in January, frustrated at the struggle we were in, I decided to just give up and proceed with plans to go to Russia. However, on the morning I had planned to reveal that publically, I read through Ezekiel 13 where God condemns the foolish prophets of Israel for following an empty vision and proclaiming their own will as God’s. In verse 8 God says, Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. My heart was beating out of my chest—the voice I was seeking to hear for so long had spoken, yet, not with confirmation but with caution! I knew what God wanted, and that was for us to Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him. Another couple of months would go by. Finally, one Sunday evening after resting in his time and enjoying the peace of delighting in the Lord, God finally gave confirmation to His desire for our family to serve in Military Missions. There was no thunderous applause or fanfare, but the peace that accompanied being obedient and submissive to God’s will and timing was worth more than any of that to us. Now, after nearly three years of deputation, we find ourselves in another time of transition. We are settling in here in Iwakuni, Japan, with the great prospect of serving and growing in the ministry at the Faith Baptist Church, neighboring the quickly expanding Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni. Although moving here has not been the easiest of prospects, we decided before-hand that we were not going to fret but sit back and watch what God has in store. He has “blown our minds” with his perfect timing and way. Space would not allow for embellishment, and maybe that will come in another issue. You will never know any true depth and delight in your walk with God if you are running around and dodging His will for you. Just do yourself a favor and surrender to His will in His timing and he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Please continue to pray for our family during this time. If you would like to receive our prayer letters, please email me at preaching2military@gmail.com. You may also download them by visiting our website at www. preaching2military.org.