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Seeing the Middle East With Eyes of Faith

“Well, given the urgency and the costs of getting there, logistics will be a problem, and money will be a problem, but I’ll see what I can do.”

On my way to the flag football game I sent out an email to our logistics team. Immediately they began working with our contact and squad in Albania. Could they re-route if we found the funds?

Within a week, another nonprofit committed funds, and the squad was on its way to Lesvos.

Oh, and who were their coaches? The very people who had got me thinking about the refugee crisis—Matt and Cindy. They said, “If you can get us tickets, we’ll drop what we’re doing and go to Lesvos to orient the squad and help Krystle and Kevin.”

Yesterday my friends Jim and Angelo wrote me and said, “We just received an urgent call for aid workers on the island of Lesvos. They are receiving an ‘incredibly high’ number of refugees and migrants and are being ‘overwhelmed,’ as are all the international NGOs and UN agencies.”

They named the same agency that Krystle and Kevin are working with and asked, “Can you come help?”

What are the odds? Jim was a professor when I was a student at Wheaton. Angelo is my ministry buddy here in Gainesville! They not only happen to be working on this same issue, but working with the very same people!

I wrote back and said, “Not only can we, but a squad and their coaches are en route to that very camp!”

This morning as a tide of ragged refugees continue to wash up on the beaches of Lesvos, a World Race squad is there waiting to care for them and love them. What I could only see with the eyes of faith is now a reality.

It’s a great lesson for all of us. What is it in your life that you can only see with the eyes of faith? Who is God potentially positioning to activate in the natural what you can only see in the spirit?

God is good and he is working on our behalf. As we press in to areas in our life that our enemy wants us to see with eyes of fear, God is asking us, “Please see this as I do. Choose to see your situation through eyes of faith.”

Choosing faith may seem counterintuitive. But God gives us eyes of faith for a reason. Why not choose to use them?