Sara Graves

Reine Huber Missionary Updates

Sara Graves
ACTION International

Yes, HOPE-filled friends of ACC, may we truly be strong and take heart, as Psalm 31:24 reminds us.

It’s not HOPE in people—that’s disappointment
——-HOPE in things—that’s distraction
——-HOPE in ourselves—that’s devastation
BUT it’s HOPE in CHRIST—that’s deliverance

SO, what is that HOPE we are awaiting?
It’s that “BLESSED HOPE—THE GLORIOUS APPEARING OF OUR GREAT GOD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST…” Titus 2:13

Of course we do not know that day or the hour, but it seems to me that things aren’t just falling apart, but they are falling into place.
”Some prophetic events that once seemed implausible now feel incredibly imminent.  Like Jesus could come back at any moment, like the trumpet could sound any day…”  Dr. D. Jeremiah
Who do we know that needs to hear of our BLESSED hope??

Since the Covid situation began, there have been ACTION missionaries HOPING to return to their fields of service or going out for their first term.  Restrictions are being lifted.  Two new single ladies have just joined Brand New Day in the Philippines to work with my good friend Erin Johnson. Erin recently wrote:

After our first outreach in February, three boys showed up the next day at our shelter wanting to get off the streets. We are always open to “walk-in” kids, but it doesn’t happen often since it is such a huge step for kids to leave the street life. After we welcomed them in, AD left after a few hours. Then we found out that T’s birthday was two days after he arrived at Brand New Day, so we threw him a huge party! He got his first ever cake with his name on it, and all the kids and staff encouraged and prayed for him. Two days later, he and KS ran away to live on the street again. It’s truly baffling that they chose to fend for themselves, but we also know that there is an internal and spiritual battle being waged to pull them back to the street. Please continue to pray for AD, JT, and KS and for so many others that need rescuing, and pray for wisdom for us for the best way to help. One thing we have realized as we bring in kids straight from the street is that they really need specialized care, like rehab, which is very difficult to provide currently in our rented, small homes. In order to help many more kids and help them well, we need a bigger and better facility, which is why we have a building project!    …As far as actual progress, we’ve experienced some delays with getting our Philippines-certified architectural and engineering plans approved.  As of the end of February we have 83% of what we need for building Faith Home.  Please keep praying for provision for the project and for wisdom as we move forward, especially with the logistical aspects.


Praise our LORD with us, that five new missionary candidates are coming to Mountlake Terrace for ACTION’s Spring Orientation Week, end of April. Erin will also be coming at that time and I am privileged to host her and one other couple.

I am always so grateful for your prayers over the years, and especially for the recent, quick little “detour to the hospital” in my life’s journey. I am fine now. All praises go to our LORD for His marvelous undertaking!

As I look expectantly for that Blessed HOPE, I close with this prayer for you,

“May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, So that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Sara

Photos of the kids referred to Erin Johnson’s letter. Erin is an ACTION missionary in the Philippines with Brand New Day, an outreach and rehabilitation program for street children.

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