This journey has been the greatest one so far. Like every good journey it has been filled with struggles and joy. Our sorrows are replaced by joy. Our sufferings are replaced by hope. I have been given the chance to live by faith, in an unknown land, where I can’t speak the language. To live in the largest and most expensive city in the world, as a unpaid volunteer. These things I have listed make my life complicated to say the least, but they are only part of the picture. The reality is, I am a son of God living by faith and following him and witnessing his glory revealed. The reality is, I can no longer settle for ordinary, because my God is so far beyond ordinary.

This may sound like foolishness, but to those how have tasted and seen the goodness of God this is a very tempting option. To drop the known for the mystery. To trade the promise of a “good life” for a life alive. So, what is stopping you? I have had countless people tell me they would love to take part in missions. Countless people saying they dream of following God into the unknown. There are always the issues of money, safety, and it being to difficult. Welcome to living in this world. “In this life you will have struggles, but do not fear for I have overcome the world.” Is God big enough to take care of you? He he good enough to do so? And are you really who he says you are? These are the very questions I am battling right now.

My bridges are burning. My back up plans are gone. I am now stuck in this place facing the reality that if God does not provide, I will be really stuck. My savings account has $7 USD. My checking account has about $50 USD. If I was to fly home, it would cost me at least $1200 USD. However, I am not supposed to go back now. I am supposed to be here. And this is where God has placed me. So, am I scared? Yes, I am. Do I know what I am supposed to do? Yes, I have been told to wait on God, so I am. I write this not for sympathy or support, but so you may share in this journey by seeing what is happening and know the beauty of when God provides. That we together may see God provide and know that it was by him only that I will have remained here. As the Israelites took boulders from the bottom of the Jordan River and piled them up on the bank of the river, I pile these things before you, so if anyone asks we can tell of the glory of God.

Until next time, your brother in Christ,
Daniel Lilly
at YWAM Tokyo in Japan.

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