This week was a very difficult week for me. On Monday the Sermons4Kids web site went down. I contacted our web host and was told that our site was bringing down their server and that they had no choice but to disable our web site. They provided a suggested solution and we tried it. They enabled our web site and I thought all was well. A short time later, the site was down again. Time after time we tried various fixes, but to no avail. To say that I was discouraged would be an understatement of epic proportions! At one point, I actually said to my wife, "I just feel like giving up."
Wednesday evening, my wife and I had just returned from our church's mid-week prayer meeting when the doorbell rang. My wife answered the door and after a couple of minutes, she called out to me, "It's about Sermons 4 Kids." I went to the door to find a woman who was there with her sister. She told me that she was from Mexico and that they used our materials in her church. She was in our city visiting her sister, who also uses Sermons4Kids materials, and they wanted to meet me. We had a wonderful visit and before they left I gave them some of our Spanish language CDs. They gave me a big hug and said "¡ Me gusta!"
After the women had gone, my wife said, "You know, I believe God sent those women here to encourage you." My first reaction was, "Well, it isn't working!" But you know, it did work. I was encouraged and the next day I decided that I would move our web site to a new web host. The move went very smoothly and by Friday the web site was up and running and is still up today.
In looking back over the events of this difficult week, I reflect on the visit of the two women and a passage of Scripture comes to mind. "Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." (Hebrews 13:1-2) I have no doubt that these two women were angels sent from God to encourage me in this difficult time.
Thank you LORD!