Our time in Maine has proven to be a time of refining and growth in the Lord. We have been here almost a year and half-since then we have faced many good challenges. The past year has been a test of where our faith fully relies on. We had sicknesses that seemed unbearable at the time, Bella, last July-shortly after we arrived, got sick with bacteremia. Thankfully, the Lord healed her through a process of strong injections of antibiotics. Then Gabbi got sick in December after being home in VA and in NC for Christmas. We felt like things were just coming against us to discourage us from the assignment that God has laid upon our hearts to do up here.
We have survived here the past year because of God’s faithfulness in our lives. We learn everyday that God really takes care of His children. Because of the financial situation of the church the past year, we had not been receiving income through the church. Through the giving hearts of family and friends we have been able to supplement our income through their gifts. Despite of economy, Chris was able to find a job right a way last July.
We have had a bunch of prayer requests that God has answered just recently in the past few months—we very specific needs in our church, but God being so faithful, I cannot repeat that enough! He has answered them:
God has answered so many of our prayers that I can’t ever say or complain that He isn’t taking care of every aspect of our lives and ministry here in Rockland. There were more requests that I didn’t write about but these three were major and thought I would share them!
Sure there were and there are definitely still times when we have doubted why we are in such a place and how come things aren’t going the way they should but we cannot forget all the things that God has done already! Many times I have called my family and friends to ask them to remind me why we are here, and they would say, “Because God called you there and you are going through this because He is just refining you and teaching you more about Himself and how He is going to keep taking care of you!”
God is faithful and He will continue to be faithful in the lives of the Chappells. We praise Him and thank Him for all that He has done! We praise Him for answered prayers and especially for simply taking care of us! We have never been without and we will never be without because God is on our side and He has promised to always be our provider!
Please continue to pray for us—we are still in need of workers for the harvest in the New England area. So many walk the streets not really aware that they need to know Jesus. Some have been going to church all their lives that they have forgotten the real reason for church. CHANGE is not easily accepted in the New England area, but there has to be some kind of change in the churches here to be able to reach this new generation. Chris and I pray that we will be a part of this great CHANGE that will bring God back to this area, so that all will come to the knowledge of Him!