We are continually grateful to the Lord for your love and support to the Clingman family. It has been a roller coaster for the last several months yet His grace has proved sufficient for all our needs one day at a time.
This second time at Oasis of Hope was a great time which I considered not the real life. It was fun walking with my husband alive and well. Last time it was emotionally draining because I was not sure what the future held. I cried a lot during those times. This time was like a vacation to me; I didn’t have to cook or take care of my household; it was a real treat. We had opportunity to pray for many patients at Oasis. We visited them, shared our stories with them, and encouraged them in the Lord. They were blessed by our presence and prayers. It was refreshing for me to be there as I like being with people and my heart was moved to those who were very sickly and incapacitated, physically and spiritually. I see a big place of ministry where patients dying. I grieved for them and comforted them in their time of loss. It could have been us! WE have connected with and love many of the Oasis patients. It was a rich and lovely time. As we came home, I was overwhelmed by the many responsibilities I must take care. Instead of laying it all down before the Lord, giving Him the charge of it and surrendering it to him¸ I picked it up and tried to do it all on my own; to be in charge of life myself. It was easy for me to be like Martha in the midst of many responsibilities forgetting to pray. This common verse speaks volume to me:
“Be anxious for Nothing, but in EVERYTHING by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION with THANKSGIVING let your REQUEST be made known to GOD and the Peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus."
It simply says Pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks. Once I am fenced in with the worries of life it is so hard to get out and think of the bigger picture that God has indeed sustain us, He has uphold us , He has given us victory over sickness and all things. This is our victory in Jesus Christ. These worries of life choked me from the peace of God which guards my hearts and mind. I confess that it is overwhelmingly hard at times to bring my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ which the proceeding verse goes on to tell us to meditate on things that are true, lovely , right , pure, good report, noble and just. So I thank you for your prayers that keep me from being caught by the evil one.
I still remember our good times at Oasis but that was not “real life” , it is here where we are to persevere, to believe and walk in Faith, to take dominion, to count it all joy when encountering various trials that I might be ready in season and out of season to advance His cause on the earth.
My children have taken it very well. They are glad their Daddy is well and continuing to get better. I need to step out of unbelief and believe in faith like these little children who know not to worry but rejoice each day time. I need to believe God’s promises and hold on tight. To sum up: Faith and Faithfulness.
My husband has been like a rock during these storms of life, an encouragement and a prayer warrior. He has stood the test quite well. His defense is surely of God, who is our Rock and our Redeemer. I ask him if he is worried at all like I am. His reply is He is taking it to the Lord in prayer. I told my husband where I wanted to go for a vacation! This verse is what I’ve seen in my husband live out. But what things were gain to, these me I have counted loss for Christ…. Philippians 3:7-11
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended, but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
I praise Him who worketh all things both to will and to do through the counsel of His own will in me.
Our family income is from two sources mainly – missionary-type support raised by us to serve with the International Church Council Project and Coalition on Revival. Because we are underfunded, my husband has worked part-time; he has been unable to work his part-time job for several months and this amounts to thousands of dollars. There are also medical related expenses that are not being covered by the Christian need sharing system we are part of. If you feel comfortable doing so, and the Lord enables you, please give us a hand at this difficult time. You can make a gift online, either one-time or recurring here or you can send a check to:
International Church Council Project
RR1 Box 1540
Winona, MO 65588
A check made out to International Church Council will receive a tax deductible receipt.
We are thanking God from whom all blessing (and healing) flow,