Do Not Be Afraid
Read Isaiah 43:1-7
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Isaiah 43:1 (NRSV)
Saira Verma is from Uttar Pradesh, India. God called Saira and her husband to serve, so they were preparing themselves for ministry through theological training in Jabalpur. They had a four-year -old son with them, and they were dependent on a stipend they received from the college they were attending. They were facing a financial crisis, but they had faith in God. as we read in Isaiah 43:5, God says, "Do not be afraid, for I am with you."
Sometimes Saira was unsure whether her husband and she would be able to complete their training. Every day they prayed for help because God is the one who called them to prepare for ministry through this training. Those four years of training were a time of crisis and fear, but they were also a time when they received God's love, comfort and peace.
God was with them in every situation, including during sickness, financial crisis, and times of need. Now, years later, they are both serving as ordained pastors, and God is also using their son in the work of ministry.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your love and protection. Be with us as we follow your call, in Jesus' name. Amen.