a Letter from the Director

God’s Humor as My Instruction

In preparation for my position at Doulos, I pulled out my books on leadership. One caught my eye by Dan Allender, Leading with a Limp. He talks about leading out of our weaknesses because God’s power is perfected in them. That sounded good to me and I chuckled because I had surgery on my leg earlier that year.

My family arrives in the Dominican Republic and our first free weekend, we’re invited to hike to a waterfall. Everything seems great as we descend into this small gorge. A third of the way down, my bad leg hits some loose gravel and boom, I turn that ankle. I tell my new friends and family, I would feel worse if they didn’t finish the hike. Quickly it becomes quiet with only my thoughts and the beauty of nature around me.

I know that God is more than able to heal me in an instant. But then a quote popped into my mind, “God is more concerned about our character than our comfort”. Then this hit me:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” —James 1:2-3

So there lay the question—Pray for comfort / healing or be willing to choose joy while learning perseverance. What a great opportunity! I was planning to be uncomfortable in a foreign land, with a foreign language and a multitude of bug bites. Why not invite God to use a little pain and some humble pie to shape my character and desires?

Fast forward seven months. I now am looking to;

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” —James 1:4

I am the 2nd oldest guy on campus in a sea of 20- and 30-somethings. I am still limping along (but with a plan to get better). And God has been pleased to fill my heart with love for all my staff. This wasn’t what I planned. But now I am blessed to serve here at Doulos. I have been practicing the habit of gratefulness. And best of all, I get to laugh with God about the funny predicaments I find myself falling into. I hope we all can enjoy God’s humor as He gently deals with us.

Gratefully,

 

Bob Phelps

Executive Director