So, can I tell y’all a quick story? It’s one of my favorites, although I think few of you have heard it.
A number of years ago, friends of ours put out the word their family needed groceries. We were close to broke, but I really felt the Lord urging me to get them some. So I told Kirk, “I’m going to get groceries this afternoon, and I am going to drop by some cash for this family so they can get some groceries, too. ” He asked me how much and I thought of what we could spare, and said, “$20.” He agreed and I went online to check our accounts before I left for the store. Well, lo and behold! There was not a dollar to spare. It was empty. There would be no groceries for anyone today. I was heartbroken, I really had felt that God was asking me to do this for my friend.
As I brainstormed what to do, I remembered our change jar. We have this giant jug that Kirk has had since we were single. It probably had a few inches worth of coins in it. I told Kirk, “I’m going to take this to the bank and cash it in. It probably has about $20, and I am going to go give it to our friends.” He thought that was perfect, so off I went. Imagine my surprise when the teller handed me the money for my coins – $45 worth. I was floored. There was NO WAY there were that many coins in that jar, and I was filled with an amazing joy. There was now MORE than enough. $20 for our friends. $20 for us. And $5 extra, just because, God loves to exceed our needs.
I drove over to our friends house and left the money for them, and proceeded to call everyone I knew who would appreciate this “fish and loaves” moment, who would praise the Lord with me for his Faithfulness. Kirk and I have clung to that moment, along with others, many times throughout our marriage, when we have felt God ask us to do something that stretched us. We know He is faithful to provide. We wait in eagerness for Him to prove Himself when we trust Him.
So friends, as we are calling you and asking if you want to partner with us, for those of you who say, “no”, I just want to ask you…
Are you sure?
Are you really sure?
I know so many of you are excellent stewards of your money, and I know many of you just don’t feel God telling you to give, or you just aren’t that into this specific ministry. I get it. But, for those of you who might not be giving because you feel afraid, I urge you, think about it. You might be on the verge of an amazing “fish and loaves” moment in your own life, something that will not only meet the needs you have, but fill you with faith that will last a lifetime.
We were told by many people when we first started support raising that we would be surprised by who would partner with us. Whoever does give to us is because of the Lord. Please hear me, there is no pressure from us to partner with us in this adventure to bring Mission24 to Austin.
But, whether it’s to us, or some other ministry, if God has laid it on your heart, I encourage you. Don’t be afraid. Be wise… but be bold. The money you have is the Lord’s, He gives and He takes away. Give Him the chance to make your oil last, to increase your flour, to be your manna and quail…. He loves to shower on you when you put all of your trust in Him.
Thank you for all that have partnered with us, financially and prayerfully….your encouragement ministers to us and our kids, every single day.
In love, and excitement, and expectation!
PS! I was looking for the verse on the widow who is able to make all of the bread she needed from her meager supplies, but found this story instead! Wow! I had forgotten all about this one
“A certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, saying, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord. And the creditor is coming to take my two sons to be his slaves.” So Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” And she said, “Your maidservant has nothing in the house but a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go, borrow vessels from everywhere, from all your neighbors—empty vessels; do not gather just a few. And when you have come in, you shall shut the door behind you and your sons; then pour it into all those vessels, and set aside the full ones.” So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured it out. Now it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.”And he said to her, “There is not another vessel.” So the oil ceased. When she came and told the man of God. And he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debt; and you and your sons live on the rest.” 2 Kings 4:1-7