Just can’t keep quiet about our summer Mission opportunities! We are planning to spend most of July at Shiloh Bible camp serving alongside my cousin and her husband. I will be teaching skills classes that will include sewing and crafting. I am so excited to be able to use the talents that God has given to me. Marshall will be helping in the areas of maintenance and general upkeep of the facility.
We were offered this opportunity about a week ago. We both really wanted to accept the opportunity. However there were obstacles and challenges involved in accepting the opportunity. Our mission funds have already been allocated for the summer. Also we already have a commitment at the end of July. After prayerfully considering the opportunity along with the challenges we felt God’s call to go to Shiloh Bible Camp. We were then and are now confident that God will provide the resources we need to serve Him.
Together Marshall and I sat down to plan for this opportunity. We formulated a budget to get us to the camp and back. We secured accommodations along the route, estimated the dollars needed for food and fuel as we traveled. The journey from Texas to Idaho is not a short one. As we looked at our budget and added up the numbers we realized our journey would most certainly be one of faith. We would be required to demonstrate our faith in the faithfulness of God. At that point we became confident. I cannot begin to tell you all the times that God has proven his faithfulness to us in the past. If it’s one thing I want you to hear when you read these words, it’s that God can be trusted and he is faithful.
Knowing God is faithful we determined we would demonstrate our faith in tangible ways. Instead of taking Friday Adventures as we generally do we would designate Fridays as “Fundraising Fridays!” The monies that we usually spend on those Friday Adventures would go into our missions account. Marshall made crosses out of reclaimed wood and twine; I selected several quilts to sell. Our goal was to raise $100 to $150 every week until we leave. I felt that was a very ambitious goal and only one that God could help us reach
Oh my soul! God is faithful! Less than a week after we made the decision to go and follow God’s leadership we have half of the funds needed for the trip!! What an affirmation of God’s direction in our lives. As if that’s not enough, I opened my devotional book this morning to read this scripture…
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20 NIV
Every year I select a devotional word and a scripture to go with it. This year my word is “extend” and my scripture is Proverbs 31:20. I love that my God desires to have relationship with his children. I love that my God is personal and intentional. How amazing that those very words would be in my devotion book on this very day. Merely coincidence you might say, but I say no. It is Divine coincidence! A personal message from my heavenly father meant to encourage and uplift me. I am amazed and humbled that the Almighty God loves me so much that he took the time to send me a personal message.
I challenge you to listen for God’s voice, find the messages he has for you. It is a message of love and tenderness.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”
John 3:16-18 ESV
Written by Susan