We continue to report testimonies written by our Irvine-sent and Irvine-related trainees regarding their enjoyment and experience in the FTTA for the encouragement of all the saints.
Being on the young people’s team, sometimes I feel like we’re just babysitting or doing favors for them by bringing them out to eat. Cherishing the younger ones can only do so much, and cherishing alone may not keep them. They need a weight of truth to ground them when storms come. Not only does this apply to the young people, this should also apply to all the people we take care of and shepherd. When hardship comes, they will not remember the “good times” or the boba-runs they spent with the trainees or serving ones. The truth and the light they received is the holding factor and what they can hold on to when hardships come.
Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Watchman Nee wrote an account about a brother who lived in a mountainous area of Sichuan Province, China: “One stormy night, this brother had to hike to his house through the mud and hills without a flashlight on him. From afar, he saw another man with a flashlight approaching so he sped up and followed behind this man to borrow his light as they hiked through a narrow path. After awhile, this man with the light turned to the right and went another way. The brother watched the light leave in front of him and continued the journey in the dark stormy weather alone.
After a few miles, the brother saw another man with light crossing paths with him. He followed this man closely but this man just kept speeding up until the brother couldn’t keep up and was left behind. After hours of finding his way home in the dark stormy night, this brother eventually reached home but was utterly exhausted and covered in mud and dirt.
According to Romans 13:12, “The night is far advanced, and the day has drawn near. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness and let us put on the weapons of light.” We are the ones traveling in the dark storm night in today’s world. We need to have our own light with vision and His word constituted into us. Unfortunately, many of us just rely on other people’s light. We listen to others, follow others but never follow God’s light. Only His word is a lamp to our feet and light to our path.”
– Amy Liu