Monday, May 2, 2011
A Heart for Haiti
I'd like for you to meet Tom and Kelly Gambrill. Tom and Kelly have been good friends of ours for several years now. We first met at Grace BFC in Wallingford, PA. The Gambrills still live in PA but faithfully make the thirty-minute drive to New Beginnings each week because they have felt God's leading to help us become an established church in our denomination. They have been such a blessing using their gifts and talents for God's glory and the building up of our local body.
I guess it was about five years ago that Tom responded to the Holy Spirit's tugging at his heart and he surrendered his life to go wherever God wanted him to go and to do just about whatever it is that God wants him to do. Tom has been to India, Indonesia, Ukraine, and, a few times now, Haiti. It's been pretty awesome to hear how God has been working in the life of the Gambrills. However, their story is just as much about perseverance as it is about passion for taking Christ's love to the nations.
Both Tom and Kelly love the Lord immensely and they are diligently teaching their six children to love and follow the leading of God's Spirit. All along their path into full-time missions, the Gambrills have encountered a variety of obstacles and challenges. Some of their challenges have been educational requirements, funding, and major health issues. As Tom puts it, there seems to have been this thick fog hanging over their path ahead and only recently has it begun to clear.
Over the past two years, Tom has been significantly involved in aiding the hurting people of Haiti. The Lord seems to be putting Tom in just the right places to meet the right people and things are beginning to really pick up steam. Tom and Kelly just returned from a whirlwind trip to Haiti where they met with some Christian officials to discuss a potential partnership. It's incredible to see Tom's eyes light up as he retells several amazing examples of God's perfect will developing before him.
Let me ask you to pray for Tom and Kelly Gambrill. Obviously, this could be a huge deal for this family to move to Haiti and begin serving Christ in this need-filled place. Pray that God would continue to open the right doors and supply everything necessary for this amazing couple to do God's work. If you would like more information about how you can personally support the Gambrills, please get in touch with me.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19