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Faith in Difficulty :: Dylan + Molly, Part 2

Welcome back for Part 2 of our conversation with Dylan and Molly on the subject of "Faith in Difficulty". If you'd like to read Part 1, check it out here.

Dylan and Molly are serving as missionaries in South Asia with their four children. Here, Molly shares about some of the unique challenges they have faced in previous years, as well as today.

Can you tell me a little about the struggles you are currently facing?

Moving to a new country, learning a new language and new culture. Adjusting our family to this new culture. Dealing with the loss of our former ministry and life in India and navigating starting over (again) in a new culture, seeking what God wants for our future.

What's the most challenging part of what you're currently facing?

One thing? It might be impossible to say start, moving to a new culture with older kids has been tough. Them (as well as us) missing family and navigating all the emotions and loss that comes with that. Questioning what God has for us in this next season. We have been faithful to be obedient to move, but are seeking direction from the Lord on what specifically He wants us to do.

How has the pandemic complicated your already stressful situation?

It has been incredibly isolating. After being in the country for 6 months, we were forced into a military-enforced curfew in our city. So the relationships we had starting building were almost put on hold for 2 months. It was very disheartening and difficult.

Has God met you in a practical way in the midst of this suffering? If so, how?

Yes. There have been some super low points for me. Times where I wanted to pack up and get on the next flight out. Through prayer and time with Lord, He has reminded me to continue on and put one foot in front of the other. He has not forgotten me. Worship through music has been a big area of encouragement. We worship as a family and that has been the #1 way God has encouraged us as a family in the midst of suffering now, and in the past.

How do you press into community, even when (especially when) you are “in the thick of it” with suffering?

Just do it. Even if I don't feel like spending time with people, I do it anyway. I find that when I do that, God surprises me and I'm even more encouraged by the time I have with others.

How have you seen God in your community?

Our pastor has been a huge encouragement to our family. Helping us navigate new things in the culture, he has just been there for us and shown the love of Christ to us.

How has God grown your faith through this trial?

He has taught (and is continuing to teach) me perseverance. I'm pretty sure this has been what He has been teaching me for the past 3 years...obviously I really needed to learn it.

Is there a verse or story in the Bible that has been a comfort or guide for you in this time?

I've been reading in Habakuk and really challenged by his conversation with the Lord. He put his hope in God and experienced His presence. He focused his attention on God and things above, not his present circumstances. He chose to rejoice in God regardless of how he felt at the time. This is what I have been trying to focus on.

What advice would you give to a fellow Believer who is walking through suffering similar to yours right now?

What I said above. Focus on God and not the present circumstances (easier said than done). Know that He will get you through this and this is not a surprise to Him.

Anything else you'd like to add?

"You're Gonna Be OK" by Brian and Jenn Johnson is like my theme song. Its so so good.

Molly, thank you so much for your willingness to share openly about all that God has done, and continues to do in your heart through the difficulties you've faced. Hearing your story makes us love Jesus more. He is a so good - even in (especially in!) the hard!

*FAITH IN DIFFICULTY is a series on our blog where we hear from various believers who have walked through a variety of hardship that have caused suffering and struggle in their lives. There's so much suffering in the world around us, and it builds our faith when we hear testimonies of how God has carried (and IS CARRYING) our Brothers and Sisters through these challenging experiences. We hope this series encourages you, as you face difficult circumstances in your own life.

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