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Anticipate Fruit as you Witness for the Lord (Missionary Conference 2015)

Today’s message summary of November 22, 2015 from Jose Chinchilla, International Worker serving in Berlin, Germany:

I am thankful to be here this morning with you. I am also especially thankful for your contributions to the Great Commission Fund, which allows me and other international workers to serve everywhere that we are called to go.

“Anticipate fruit as you witness for the Lord.”

Four years ago, my wife and I responded to the call to go to Berlin, Germany. I responded to His call, and He kept asking if I was ready. I told him, “yes, I got it.”

He set me up.

While we are a Christian nation here, the way that we speak to people in another country, let alone another continent, will not work the same way. I learned that the hard way. I was discouraged and I want to go back to the United States. My wife told me to get it together and stay with it.

I had to learn a lesson in my growth as a believer and as a missionary.

I had to continue to develop myself as a godly leader, live in a missional way and live with desperate dependence upon Jesus Christ.

God started to teach me how to minister to people in Germany.

First theological truth:

The Holy Spirit is at work in the world.

John 16:8-11

When He comes, He will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment: About sin, because they do not believe in Me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will no longer see Me; and about judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

 

Romans 10:13-15

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!

 

As partners with the Holy Spirit, we should anticipate fruit as we minister in the world.

Sharing is not the easiest thing to do, but it does not have to be overly complicated for us. The Holy Spirit is doing the heavy work. He is already preparing the hearts of those who need to hear the gospel.

My desire is to share with people in Germany the gospel, and sometimes people will refuse to hear it because of their personal pluralistic beliefs. I am asking you to pray for me in that sometimes it is tough to face those rejections, but I am reminded that they are not rejecting me personally, but that they are rejecting Christ. I also pray that you are inspired, encouraged and motivated to allow God to change yourself in how you are ministering before Him and in sharing the Good News.

The second theological truth:

The harvest is plentiful.

Luke 10:2

He told them: “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.

 

There are very few people who are running to hear the Good News about Jesus Christ; in fact, many are running away from it. In spite of this, if you believe that the Holy Spirit is indeed at work in the world, then He assures us that the harvest is plentiful. It’s important to ready to share your faith, because more people sharing are needed to meet this need.

How are we to encourage others (or even be encouraged) to share faith?

Guilting people into doing it will not work; however, if we have experienced joy from the salvation that Christ has given us, we will have compassion on others to help them to hear the gospel message. The Holy Spirit will show up right then and there to meet that person where he or she is.

If we want to see people share their faith, then we need to pray about it. We need to find creative ways to evangelize, and to pray about the harvest. Here is something that I do to remind myself about this: I set an alarm on my cell phone at 10:02 every day, to remind me of Luke 10:2, and pray for more workers to be made available for the harvest.

With the realization that there is so much before us with this harvest, it can be overwhelming. Here is a reminder that the Spirit is a big help within this process:

A third theological truth:

The Holy Spirit empowers us for effective witnessing.

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

 

Germany is regarded is a very difficult place to reach people for the gospel. I had to pray to God and asked for the right skills to reach them. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to do things that, on the surface, we cannot see as possible to accomplish. You have to give up your own ways of thinking and doing things in order to see Him work. In our own strength, it is not possible, but the Holy Spirit empowers us with confidence and effectiveness in this ministry. We can bear fruit if we remain connected to Him.

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Cambodia – Heather Abernathy

Today’s message summary of July 26, 2015 from Heather Abernathy:

(Note: We recommend that you listen a recording of Ms. Abernathys message available through our Audio page. It provides more detailed information surrounding her mission assignment.)

Every time I share my message about my life in Cambodia when I return home, I ask the Lord what to share, and the Lord told me today to simply share what is on my heart.

I had previously asked the church to pray about how I am to disciple others. God has placed me in my role to reach people who have grown very close to me.

My mission in Cambodia has evolved as I now live in a house with five other Cambodian children (well, one child is in his twenties) and I am their “Mom.” I have searched my role over and over with God in prayer, and He has told me to just love these children, and love them unconditionally. I have worked with all of them very closely as they have shared with me, and it is my prayer that they will always see the love of Christ in my words and actions.

My adopted son, Peter, is going through a very difficult time, and he is not living for the Lord.

Peter had not been honest with me and shared where he was, and he had been abused as a child. Please pray for him that God will bring him back and that he returns back to Jesus Christ. There is freedom in Jesus Christ (John 8:36).

Cambodia is a country where Satan has had a grip on them for quite some time, and it will take God changing the hearts of Cambodians to reach other Cambodians.

In Cambodia, the sex trade is prominent. Young boys and girls are being sold into the sex trade, and we need to remember these children and pray for their escape and deliverance in the name of Jesus Christ.

Of the people who are living in our house with me, some have been abused as children. I pray daily that Jesus will help people to see His love and grow in His presence. Our challenge is to love each and every one of these people unconditionally. They need to see the love of God to overcome the moments of life when they were unloved and left alone. The love of God transforms people to become followers of Jesus.

God still has me in Cambodia. As much as I miss worshiping here in Akron with my family, and even spending time with other children here, there is no doubt in my mind that I am to be in Cambodia with young men and women to share the love of Jesus Christ.

I covet your prayers in order to endure and stand against the enemy on behalf of others as I pray for them.

God doesn’t call everyone to go, but He called me to go, and He calls you to pray.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens. For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted through Jesus Christ for Himself, according to His favor and will, to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.


You and Me – Missionary Conference 2014

A special thanks to Joseph and Maria Howard, Christian and Missionary Alliance international workers for their service and for being a part of this year’s Missionary Conference.  For more information on Joseph and Maria’s ministry in West Africa, select here.  

The following is a summary of a message from Joseph Howard, C&MA missionary from Mali and Burkina Faso, Sunday, November 2, 2014:  

Mali is a large country, about the same size of Texas, and Burkina Faso is about the size of Ohio. In those countries, there are about 35 million people. Men and women live there who are much like you and me, to do all that they can to provide for their families.

1 John 1:1-4

1 What was from the beginning,

what we have heard,

what we have seen with our eyes,

what we have observed

and have touched with our hands,

concerning the Word of life—

2 that life was revealed,

and we have seen it

and we testify and declare to you

the eternal life that was with the Father

and was revealed to us—

3 what we have seen and heard

we also declare to you,

so that you may have fellowship along with us;

and indeed our fellowship is with the Father

and with His Son Jesus Christ.

4 We are writing these things

so that our joy may be complete.

 

The church that we meet in is very small, but we meet together and praise the Lord Jesus Christ. There are some that are practicing as Muslims but they are reciting Arabic prayers that they do not understand themselves. My wife and I have shared with them who God really is. He is a God of the present and today. He is the great I AM!

Many of the people in Mali and Burkina Faso are fishermen, who are referred to as Bozos in the native language. In the communication with the natives of the area, the people understand God to be one who is angry because of our sin, and people are to understand that God is indeed in the present and that Jesus Christ is the One who is present. In 1 John, God is referred to as being in the present.

What have you seen about Jesus today in the present? It’s important for you to communicate God’s present goodness. God has given us the opportunity to speak about His goodness to others as you proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I love to talk about Jesus Christ freely to others, yet there was a time when I was very ill and I had to rest. God tells us, at times, to “be still and know that I am God.” We need to understand that God has to do a work in your own life in order for you to learn more about Him and be able to speak to others about Christ. One of the first verses I learned in Africa was John 14:6 (I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.)

There are three believers that shared with us about their experiences in Jesus Christ that are members of the church. They willingly share their love for Christ. It is important for you to be able to share about Jesus in order that others can see Jesus Christ in you. That is your goal.

The three believers I mentioned are now shunned by their families. They had shunned their traditions and the norms of society for His testimony in their lives. They have done great things where they are to have people ask the question about what is different about them. We are invited to have people “come and see” who Jesus Christ is through your life…to see Jesus through your words and actions.

That is the cry of our hearts…to let people see Jesus Christ through us. God is ever-present and in control. Let people see Him through you.


2012 Missionary Conference Kickoff – Guest Speaker Karen Conkle

A special thanks to Karen Conkle, today’s guest speaker to start this year’s 2012 Missionary Conference.  Doug and Karen Conkle are presently serving in the Republic of Senegal, West Africa after serving for many years in Burkina Faso with the Christian & Missionary Alliance.  Here is an excerpt from Karen’s message:

Matthew 9:37-38 (HCSB)

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few.  Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” 

Jesus was asking us to participate in the harvest.  He made a huge impact on Palestine during his time on earth…a huge impact.  But he would use partners to carry that message on to Rome and to other parts of the world.  He uses us.

One of my favorite authors is Philip Yancey…and he writes it this way—‘God has made the work of the Kingdom dependent on the notoriously unreliable human species.’  Us—you and me.  One of the first missionaries was William Carey.  He came from the States.  He felt the call to travel to India and he really wanted to go to India, but some very well-meaning pastors and leaders said to him, ‘if God wanted to save the heathen in India, he could certainly do it without the likes of you or us.’  That was the response he got.  They missed the point.  God does very little on this earth without the likes of you and me.  He uses us.  God wants us to pray.  He wants us to send.  He wants us to go.  He wants us to bring that light of the gospel to everywhere in this whole world.

My husband, Doug and I, have had that privilege.  We’ve been sent by you as part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance for 35 years.  You sent us, whether you know it or not.  Through the Great Commission fund our most recent assignment was to Senegal.  And if you look at Africa, it the furthest part west on the continent—if you go as close as you can to New York.  We were sent there—our main responsibility in Senegal was to set up a new team.  When I’m in the states, I would always look for things to bring back to our new team—four young families—young couples with their kids.  I always try to think of something American to bring back to them.  The last time was back in the fall.  I actually brought back Butterball turkeys.  Frozen Butterball turkeys.  You can get them through if you put them in your suitcases.  Don’t try it on your carry-on (luggage).  Why turkey?  Because turkey is all-American.  It is something that America considers to be ours—turkeys are ours.  The turkey was almost nominated as the national bird instead of the eagle.  Can you see the silver dollar with a turkey head on it?  For one, I’m very glad they chose the eagle.

If you have ever researched the eagle, you would know what a fascinating bird it is.  That mighty bird is a great representation (of America).  One of the things it does is that it pulls all of the excess feathers and down on its body so that it can soar through the air when it flies.  It keeps itself light.  They use the excess feathers and down to line their nests like other birds do.  But they do something different when they want their baby birds to leave—to move on from the nest.  They pull the down and feathers from the nest.  They make it uncomfortable.  The adult birds pull the feathers out and make it not so comfy to stay there—it’s like if you have this thirty-five year old son still living with you and you tell him ‘you’re in the basement bedroom and you’re doing your own laundry.’  You try to make it more uncomfortable for him so that he will move on.  I wonder if, during these past few years in America, where we have had these economic woes, if God is not pulling the feathers out of our nest.  If God is saying, ‘Wake up—move on. I’ve got more for you!’  Maybe He wants us to step out of the nest a little bit.  We (Doug and I) were very comfortable in Burkina Faso for 27 years when we were sent to Senegal.  We were very comfortable—the first 15 years we were in church planting.  And I have to say that some of the places we were with unreached people groups—they were far out in the bush.  Most of the places had no electricity, no running water—it was not always comfortable, especially since it gets so hot there.  We would sleep outside in the yard.  We would move our cots out in the yard to catch the air at night when enduring the hot season.  It was not comfortable (then), but the last ten years my husband was the Field Director.  (We) lived in the big city, 24 hours electricity, running water, and we knew our job—our job was to facilitate the other missionaries, to take care of the young families.  We knew our job well.  We were very comfortable…no stress.  And it was at that point that God asked us to move on.  And we were asked by our boss to take on this assignment in Senegal, a country that is 94 percent Muslim.  I’ll tell you what—pushing into those areas, when you’re 53 and 54 years old, learning a new language—that was really a challenge for us.

The first time we had Alliance missionaries in Africa—we have had them there for over a hundred years—1929 was the first year we went to Senegal, but they only stayed two years.  They went in there, and they say the reason that the missionaries moved on was because they had this revival among the Baoli people in Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), the neighboring country.  They had this big revival among the Baoli people, which is true because it is the second largest group of Alliance believers in the world—they are located in the Ivory Coast.  Does anyone know where the largest group of Alliance believers are located—what country?  Anyone want to guess?  It’s not the United States—it’s Vietnam.  A country where (believers) have suffered.  It’s the largest group of Alliance believers in the world.  Cote D’Ivoire was second, and perhaps that’s why these missionaries left Senegal to go and help there because they had this big harvest, but a lot of people say that it was difficult there—no one responded.  The dominant people group in Senegal is called Wolof.  There are 15,000 of them that have emigrated in New York City.  It’s a large people group but they are 100 percent Muslim and they are a very proud people.  It has been very difficult in Senegal.  Great mission groups have been there like the Baptists and they have not seen a response, and they’re doing the same things that we did in Burkina Faso to see people come to Christ.  We would move into a new area.  We would call it a new people group.  We would learn the language and live among the people, and we would see people come to Christ, and then we would move on to a new place.  We would show the Jesus film and they were very responsive to that—but not in Senegal—not the Wolof people.  They were not responding, so that’s why they wanted us to go.  They wanted the Alliance to go in there because we are known as the church planting mission that gets things done.  So they asked us to go.

But what if there are no results?  It’s very discouraging when there are no results.  What if there are no results?  Well, Jesus knew about that.  Jesus had something to say in Luke 5.  It talks about Jesus and the fishermen who had no results—if you remember that story.

Luke 5:1-11 (HCSB)

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I’ll let down the nets.”

When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear.So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took, 10 and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.

“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people!” 11 Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.

Senegal is actually very much into fishing.  They’re on the ocean at the furthest point in West Africa.  They have the entire ocean there and their number one economy is fishing.  They are fisherman and they know how to fish.  They will go out in the evening and it’s beautiful to see—the boats go out and they come back in the morning with the catch, and they either have fish or they don’t have fish.  I guess it depends on the weather—I don’t know what, but they fish very much like they did in Jesus’ day except they have motors on their boats.  They go out and come back in the morning, and this is what happened in this story in Luke—it’s talking about fishermen.  Now Jesus had borrowed a boat, so to speak, and these guys were not his disciples yet—He had not called anyone.  He was standing there and the people crowded around him because he could heal people.  He had crowds all of the time so what he did was borrow the boat that he could step into and pushed it off from the shore a little bit so that everyone could hear what he had to say when he shared with them.  So he’s standing in the boat afterwards and he says to the fishermen, ‘Why don’t you go out deeper?’  Well, number one, Jesus was not a fisherman—he’s a carpenter’s son, right?  What does he know about fishing?  And he’s telling these fishermen, ‘Hey you guys, just go out deeper.’  The fishermen were discouraged.  They were out all night.  There’s no fish (caught) right now.  What a waste.  They didn’t say that though…instead, when Jesus told them to go out farther, they said, ‘because you say so, I will let down my nets.’  He was going to out farther and put out his nets ‘because you say so.’

You know, that is why Doug and I took on that assignment because Jesus said so.  We trusted Jesus.  We asked God to show us what He was doing.  We knew that God was already in Senegal.  God is everywhere and He loves those Wolof people as much as He loves me, the Irish.  We knew God was working there so we asked Him to show us what are you doing here—who are You speaking to?  Which people are seeking You?  Show us those people; because God says ‘If you seek Me, you will find Me.’ They just haven’t gotten the chance to hear.  It was then that we noticed that no one had been working with professional people.  Everyone—all of the missions—were working with the poor, which is the vast majority of the people in West Africa.  We talk in the United States about the 2 percent who are millionaires.  It’s probably less than two percent there, but nobody was working with the professional class, in other words, the educated people—the college professors.  Very few people—only 20 percent of the people in Senegal can read—have been to school at all.  So the group of educated people is very influential.  If you have an education—we’re thinking if a Wolof man came to the Lord who was a professional—what an influence he would have.  They’re not listening to anybody else—the Wolof, no, but one of their own people.  So that was our focus.  You know that one reason that we missionaries tend not to work with professional people is because it is very intimidating.  It’s very intimidating but there’s many ways to show the love of Christ to the poor—many ways.  You can give them malaria medicine.  You can help get someone’s child get to school—pay their tuition.  You can give coats…there are so many things you can do.  What can you do for someone that has more money than you do, and more education than you do?  That’s intimidating, isn’t it?  But we knew they would have a great impact on the people so we assigned two of these new couples after they finished their language study.  They’re working with the upper class and the way they learned how to use it is people like you.  We invited professionals from the United States to come out and share what they knew.  Whatever profession they had—if they sold houses, they would come out and teach that profession.  We introduced them into the university and got them invitations, because, you see, they love America.  Everyone in Senegal’s goal in life is to play basketball in the United States (laughing) or to get their kids into universities there.  They love Americans, and so it’s a draw in just the fact that we’re Americans, and we had many opportunities.  Everyone wants to learn English, because how are you going to go to the university in the United States if you don’t know English—and many of the banks there require English—it’s the universal language.  Chinese is another language that’s good to know.  Did you know that?  So there was an opportunity to teach English—we’ve sent couples there.  Two of the couples are working with business as mission—and what they do is set up little seminars—translate the stuff into the language of the people that are there and let businessmen come out and let them teach what they know.  And we’ve had people from every level and from every school come out and help in this way.


Remember Nhu

A special thanks to Carl Ralston of Remember Nhu for being our guest speaker today. For more information about Remember Nhu and its ministry, please go to their website and learn how you can contribute to this important cause.

The Story of Remember Nhu

The 501(c)(3) organization known as Remember Nhu exists to eliminate the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world.

Remember Nhu was conceived in 2003-2004 by Carl Ralston of Akron, Ohio. In November 2003, Ralston was attending a conference hosted by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Cambodia when he was made aware of the horrific problem of child sex trafficking. Particularly striking was the story of Chup Ly, a 16 year-old who was sold into the sex-slave trade and died three years later of AIDS.

After telling Chup Ly’s story, the missionary speaker then told of Nhu, a 12-year-old girl who had committed her life to Jesus Christ, was baptized, grew as a Christian, and began to share publicly her faith. However, a Buddhist family member then sold her virginity, partly as an act of disapproval of Nhu’s conversion to Christ. At that time, the missionary did not know what had become of Nhu. Ralston felt inspired by God to “Remember Nhu” and in December of 2003 committed to God that he would do everything in his power to eliminate the use of children in the sex trade industry around the world.

In 2004, Ralston finished a master’s degree in Religion in which his final project created Remember Nhu: a ministry that would prevent children from entering the sex trade by meeting the physical, emotional, education, and spiritual needs of potential victims.

Oh, and Nhu? She is now safe and became the first official employee of Remember Nhu! She manages Agape Beauty Salon in Cambodia, which employees other young women who, without the intervention of Remember Nhu, may also have been sold into the child sex trade. Many of their customers at the beauty salon are young ladies who have been sold into prostitution, and Nhu and the others are able to share with them the amazing love of Jesus.

About Remember Nhu

Remember Nhu exists to prevent the exploitation of children in the sex trade industry throughout the world.

Four objectives keep us anchored to that vision…

  • Meeting physical needs: Children with little to no shelter or food and not even basic medical care are at risk of being sold. Meeting the physical needs of children protects them from the sex trade.
  • Meeting educational needs: When honest, sustained work is an actual possibility, the financial allure of the sex trade industry lessens immensely. A quality education and/or practical vocational training gives children the means to opportunities for a future.
  • Meeting emotional needs: Children disconnected from the loving care of concerned, responsible adults are at risk. To grow and nurture children inside the love of a family protects them from the sex trade.
  • Meeting spiritual needs: Children deprived of any real, lasting hope are at risk. When introduced to the incomparable love of Jesus Christ, children are introduced to a new and accurate vision of themselves: that they are of deep, intrinsic, and eternal value. Nurturing children into mature disciples of Jesus Christ protects them from the sex trade.

Nhu now serves with the organization that shares her name, working tirelessly to prevent other children from being trafficked.


2011 Missionary Conference Kickoff – Aleksandar Tolmachev

Our first speaker for this year’s 2011 Missionary Conference is Aleksandar Tolmachev, who led a church congregation in the Republic of Macedonia (Balkan Peninsula, Southeastern Europe).

Today’s message is available for download through the following links: http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282937/02_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Introduction_&_Part_1).mp3 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282939/03_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Part_2).mp3 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282940/04_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Part_3).mp3 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282941/05_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Part_4).mp3 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282944/06_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Part_5).mp3 http://www.filehosting.org/file/details/282945/07_Pushing_Back_The_Darkness_(Part_6_&_Conclusion).mp3

For more information about the Christian & Missionary Alliance and its international ministry, please visit their website.  In addition, please pray for all of the international workers and for their efforts to reach people for Jesus.


Our Great God (A Letter from Heather Abernathy)

Here is a recent letter (dated September 1, 2011) from Heather Abernathy, who is serving as an international worker for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The testimony is an encouragement to all of us to trust in God and His timing in everything:

Dear friends,

So you know that God has challenged me to be more like George Mueller and not necessarily share when there is a financial need.  You know God has challenged me to walk on the water with Him.  You also know I have been struggling in it, just not sure if I could really not share my financial needs.  One day last week, I was going through my tuk tuk expense calendar and adding everything up.  I discovered that while I have budgeted $100, the actual cost has been closer to $150 each month 😦  I was amazed to see the numbers added up and in print, and wondered how I have been able to keep going.  The numbers just don’t add up; it doesn’t make sense, but each month it has worked.  I knew my money was once again getting low, BUT, I knew the 25th was coming.
See, each month, on the 25th, I get my deposit from the CMA, from all those who partner with me, through them.  Usually, it is that deposit that pays my rent, utilities and internet and then have a little left over to apply toward food, tuk tuk, or phone card.  The 25th was Thursday, but did not get to check my account til Friday night.  In that deposit, I was expecting it to be enough to cover those things needed for the first and low and behold, it was a deposit of under $200.  OK, so I know I did not respond well; it sort of knocked the breathe out of me and I broke into tears and cried myself to sleep that night.  It had already been a REALLY HARD week, and then I open my account to see not even enough to pay rent…I had no clue where the money was going to come from. So from the 26th on, I have been stressing about money.  And yes, I know, in my head, that God promises to provide, but I really struggled!  I mean, how in the world was I going to come up with the money to pay for my three “big” bills?!?  I had gone to visit the school, where the preschool position is, and basically, the job is mine for the taking.  But, as I have prayed through this, I have had no peace at all about accepting, so…Sunday, I sent an e-mail to the principal and told him that I had to decline the job.  It terrified me to do so.  I mean, here I am with rent coming due and not enough in my accounts to cover it.  Monday, Tuesday Wednesday…all days in which I wondered how I was going to pay my rent and utilities today…Thursday.  Actually, had to pay interent on Tuesday and wondered, “Do I pay with my credit card, or with the little bit of cash I have?!?!”.  A friend challenged me to pay it with cash and to keep trusting.  I paid with cash…  Another friend reminded me that God ALWAYS comes through, right on time and never a minute sooner 🙂  Wednesday, I knew it was too late for anyone in the States to even send through paypal for me to get in time to pay rent today, the first.  So, as I am still thinking how in the world is this going to happen, I am thinking of all the things I might possibly be able to do, but have no clue…  Then, I come home from school and my crown (on my tooth) falls out 😦  ugh…just one more thing that I don’t have money for 😦  I told my friend, the one who every day comes into school all peppy asking, “So had God provided yet?!”, that I felt like I was drowning and I just couldn’t seem to reach Jesus’ hand as He was reaching out for me.  Oh my goodness, the last couple of weeks have been hard!
BUT THEN…I get home from running errands with her, and before I left for the dentist, I checked my e-mail…you know where I am going, don’t you?!?!  I had an e-mail from someone offering me a lump sum of money (but not an amount) to help cover my greatest need right at the moment.  Oh, my goodness, did the tears roll.  Even as I write, I am awed at our great Provider!  When I actually received the money, it was more than enough to cover the rent, so I got home from school and paid my rent and utilities and have a bit of money left over!  God truly does work above and beyond anything we can ever imagine!!  He has provided in a way that I NEVER would have thought.  This has been huge for me, and actually huge for my one friend, too.  When I told her, she shared that every day she just wanted to hand me money, but kept sensing God telling her “NO”, it was His job to provide for me, not hers…(ok, so not in those exact words, but still…).
OH, and the dentist…yep, I went and got things taken care of.  Thankful to have one friend to come and watch the girls for me and another to actually go with me…hehe 🙂  Glad she was with me, too, since I was $20 short and she was able to cover me.  Today, I have it to pay her back…God is so great!  It has definitely been a test of my faith…  It has been a challenge to trust Him to provide, but He did provide, right on time and not a minute before 🙂  He promised to meet and supply all our needs…maybe next time I will not stress quite so much 🙂
Serving our Provider,

Heather