November 16th is by far one of my most favorite of all 365 of the days that make up a year. It is a day that forever changed my life. It is a day God used to show me how good He is and how rich your life can be if you trust Him through the hard things.
For those unfamiliar with the story 3 years ago my wife and I were told we could never have kids of our own. The news was devastating to say the least. I wrestled with many things including doubt in God’s sovereignty and if His plan was really to prosper me given the news. One of the keys is that I wrestled with God in these things…I had no other way I knew how to deal with it. My wife and I both pressed into God and prayed and fasted and sought the scriptures. Then 3 months later I got the miraculous news that we were pregnant!
For the full story of what happened you can check out this video link
9 months later on the 16th of November, 2018 the most amazing, wonderful, blessing, came into the world. It was on this day at 6:28pm our Wholehearted Faithful Warrior, Caleb Owen Rumple was born. It has been such a blessing to see how God has grown my wife and I as a family and all that He has continued to give us over these past two years.
1 Samuel 1:27-28
“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.”
Today we celebrate Caleb’s 2nd Birthday! He is a kid full of joy that loves unconditionally and shares joy with everyone He comes in contact with. He is a testament of God’s faithfulness and a constant reminder to Kasandra and I of how good God really is. I wish I could tell you that everything has been totally awesome and that after seeing God move like that in our life that I have been 100% sold out for who God is and that I always trust what He is doing; alas much like the Israelites I have had doubts, some sooner than others. Some bigger than others. Through it all I have found that, much like our Old Testament counterparts God is always faithful, even when we are not.
We are in a season of growth and trust as I am still working to raise my full support here at Cafe Barnabas and Kas is still adjusting to a new school, new kids, and new challenges there but we are confident that God is going to see us through.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
We have been so blessed by our new family here and by the knowledge that we know we are securely in God’s perfect will. We do not know how some of the details will work out but we are constantly being reminded of the faithfulness of God. I see it in the students I work with. I see it in the impact that Cafe Barnabas has on the community. I see it through our amazing volunteers. I see it through my sons simple gestures of love. Sometimes we have to step outside our current predicament to see how many blessings God is bestowing on us even in the midst of a particular trial / season.
My prayer for each of you reading this is that you find the strength and courage to take one more step forward and to trust, maybe for the first time, to allow the one who made you to take the lead. I promise you that you will not regret it. He is faithful in much even when we are faithful in little. He is the only one who can turn any hurt, sorrow, or pain, into something truly amazing.
So this is the season of giving thanks. I thank God for my wife, my family, my son and I most definitely thank Him for allowing me to be a part of the Cafe Barnabas family. The year of 2018 is drawing to a close but I for one can not wait to see all that God has in store for me, my family, and this wonderful city we call home.
Thank you all for your prayers and support –
Bryson k. Rumple
“being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you[a] to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”