When I did that study of missionary funding a few months back, one change that God worked in my heart through His Word and the Holy Spirit was that I now pray with a sincere and clear heart for Him to supply our needs. I pray it much more often now. Not in a consuming way, but in a healthy way. (May God help me in keeping it trusting, too, because it’s all His grace, isn’t it?)
We do see God when we pray and get His answers. His answers have been surprising.
Part of praying for supply is praying how to give and be generous, too. I’m thankful that God’s given to us so we’ve been able to help with the crisis pregnancy center starting and with our new building at the rehab center. We give to our local church, helped our nephews go to a Christian camp. I’m very thankful that we can give–that is a blessing, a huge blessing, you know?
Paul said to the Ephesian elders:
I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Act 20:33-35 NIV)
God has supplied for us by raising our monthly income with a few new supporting families.
And I just got an email today that our home church, which supports us very generously, just raised our monthly support another 250 dollars; they are doing this for several missionary families. What a wonderful testimony they are! May they know the fulness of God’s blessing on them.
It hit me (like a ton of bricks) last night that we only have 4 months til our visit to the States! Ack. Making my to-do list 🙂 Starting to pack stuff to put in storage.
I’m excited about this trip because God’s given me a special desire to go and minister to people. So many minister to us, and I want to focus on serving and ministering in any way God wants us to while we’re there.