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SOUTH AMERICA By Clint Vernoy Plans—we all make them. We make plans for our families, schools, businesses, and ministries. James chapter four teaches that we need to remember God is in control when we make our plans. Missionaries make plans all the time. We set schedules and goals. What a blessing it is when those plans come to pass—sometimes a rare occurrence! God tells us why in the book of Isaiah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:9–11). Dwight D. Eisenhower said something very interesting about plans, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Another way to say it is that we need to plan, but we need to always remember who is really in charge. God makes missions happen His way. Another strategist was quoted as saying, “No plan ever survives contact with the enemy.” Satan will do everything in his power to prevent our success and assist in our failure. Only God’s plan is assured of victory and of teaching us faith and patience. He keeps it “need to know” and shows us when we need to know. Another missionary in Venezuela taught me the following motto for our ministry: “Flexible is too rigid, you have to be fluid!” With this in mind, I would like to share a story that my wife wrote about our time in the jungle village and how we saw that God had His ways and we are His servants. Rita writes the following: When we moved into the village, I had great intentions of planting a vegetable garden. I really did! My grandmother always had a garden and my father would plant one any time he had the space. Sometimes the church provided a parsonage and there was not land for a garden. But whenever possible, he would plant one. My mouth waters remembering his tomatoes! In the beginning years in the jungle, we only had fresh vegetables once a month. That was when the plane would come with supplies. We would stuff ourselves on fresh veggies for a few days! We did not have any type of refrigeration at first, so we had to eat it all fast. Later, when we had our own plane, we had more frequent flights. When my husband was able to install solar panels, he converted a small fridge to a 12-volt system to run off batteries that we charged with the panels. He did the same with a small freezer. We were living well! I ordered seeds for things I thought might grow well in the jungle. Although the soil is fertile, it is a very thin layer of topsoil as the heavy rains wash it away 10