Back around the time we first started raising support near the end of October, I had written a long blog post on something God had placed on my heart. I had lost it because I had forgotten to save it and the computer froze. I keep meaning to re-write it but just haven’t…so today, I’m re-writing it. The short but sweet version of it. 🙂
Basically, we did not find out that we would be going to Kenya until September of last year, leaving us about 8.5 months to raise 100% of our support (RVA needs us this summer). And many people had told us it would take about 1-2 years. But, both of us felt so excited and at peace that if God wanted us to go, He would provide.
It says in Mark 10:27, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (emphasis added). Which is why I am glad when others are doubtful that Dave and I will raise the needed support in time. Because it means that when we do, they will know it was because of God and not us! Hallelujah, right?! We have been so excited for everyone to see God at work! So often, especially lately, I think of when God used 5 loaves and 2 fishes to feed 5,000 people! After receiving quite a bit of support our first couple of months, there were a few months where we had a slowww trickle come in. But somehow (no, not somehow– it is GOD!), the percentage of our support has miraculously multiplied! WOW, we have felt so strongly the presence and power of how great God is and how He will use our situation to bring Himself glory.
In John 11, Jesus is summoned to heal Lazarus who is sick. But Jesus waits until he dies and is dead 4 DAYS saying, “it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” He used the situation to perform a miracle to show the people God and His power. Jesus even says, “for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe”. Jesus goes on to say, “did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” And he raises Lazarus, who had been dead for 4 days, from the dead.
Well guess my “short but sweet version” didn’t work out…I just can’t help but get so excited about what God is doing in our lives! 🙂
My cousin and his wife just left to be missionaries in South Asia and in their newest newsletter they wrote, “we have been praying that we would become weak so that He might become strong in us and that whatever we do would be from a strength that is His!” May this be our prayer, and yours.
We are down in Texas right now during Dave’s spring break, visiting my Grandma and also speaking with a couple churches. There are no words to describe how much these churches have blessed us in the past few days. Their support, prayers, and love have been such an incredible blessing. We know without a doubt, that God has used them in powerful ways. Thank you SO SO much.
And thank you SO much to everyone who has supported us so far – whether through prayer, encouragement, and/or finances.