God’s Artistry at Work: An Update from Kaura-lea
Many analogies try to describe the mysterious ways of God at work. We say He weaves threads into a tapestry, adds colour to a painting, moulds clay into pottery, and authors a new page in a book. God is the master artist; our lives are His carefully crafted workmanship. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve seen God’s artistry on display, but I love having opportunities to try recounting them.
I spent all of my growing-up years attending FAC. God, in His artistry, used that in numerous ways to set me on a path toward global missions. With strokes of splendour, the Lord opened the door for me to serve through The Alliance in Canada in Phuket, Thailand in 2015. His work restoring the lost, oppressed, and exploited there is magnificent. Through For Freedom International, we’ve been privileged to see Jesus plucking children out of the darkness of sexual abuse and gently bringing them into the warmth of His light.
We’ve seen women who were victims of international human trafficking learn about God’s love and laugh with joy as He turned their lives around. Just a few months ago, we saw adolescent survivors in our vocational training program realize their worth and capabilities in Christ and then go on to become thriving evangelists to our other students. In all of these precious lives, God brought countless moments together for them to experience His glorious grace and love.
Witnessing these miracles time and again not only strengthens my faith in our incredibly capable Creator, but His action in my own life leaves me awe-inspired. Many of my hopes and expectations were stripped away by the pandemic, but in their place, God revealed to me the perfection of his Word and the faithfulness of His promises.
In 2021, by Jesus’ inexplicable orchestration, he led a young man named Chris Codding to join For Freedom International. He is the most Christ-centred and fun person I know. We got married last May, and I’m so excited to see how God will join our 2 lives into a life of serving and enjoying the Lord together! We get to visit Canada now for my first time in 3 years and his first time ever (I never thought I’d marry an American, let alone in Thailand). I hope this home assignment gives us plenty of opportunities to share more about God’s artistry.
My soul, praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing to my God as long as I live.
Do not trust in nobles,
in man, who cannot save.
When his breath leaves him,
he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans die.
Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them.
He remains faithful forever,
executing justice for the exploited
and giving food to the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects foreigners
and helps the fatherless and the widow,
but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.
The Lord reigns forever;
Zion, your God reigns for all generations.
Kaura-lea Codding (Dueck) and her husband Chris will be at FAC the weekend of August 6/7; be sure to find them and say hello! They’re one of 23 International Worker individuals/families supported by FAC. Check out this video for more about Kaura-lea’s story: