Tuesday, March 31, 2015


My Family at Pier's Wedding....Soon Allison will be joining us. 

    A friend of mine who is also in the ministry recently wrote a really powerful newsletter to his Ministry Partners.  Here is how he started it:

"Beloved friends and partners in the Gospel-

Do NOT give money to this ministry.....!

Now that I have your attention, allow me to explain very directly.

Name of Mission Organization (I don't have permission to mention his organization) is not in the fund-raising business.

Though we thank others for their financial support, we make no requests for money, choosing instead to trust God to place it in the hearts of others to financially support this work as HE directs them to."
I was very moved by his honesty and openness in his ministry update.  He has been doing ministry for over 24 years and I know that God has supplied all his needs.  And I know for a fact that over the last few years him and the ministry have suffered due to loss of financial support but yet he has stayed firm.   But what a way to start your ministry update.....
    In the Psalms 50:9-10, God speaking to the people of Israel says this:  "I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills." 
    This passage alone stands as a testament to the truth that our God truly does own it all and everything is His.  And something that each of us must remember.
    Being in a faith based ministry sometimes really takes a whole lot faith and remembering this one verse.  Twice a month, at the middle and the end our trust in God is grown.  And in 10 plus years although sometimes it has been really tough, God has been faithful and demonstrates to us that the cattle on a thousand hills does belong to Him.  
     Over Christmas, Jeannine and I had dinner with a great friend and his wife.  During this conversation he asked me this question, "How are you doing?"  I met his question with we are great and he proceeded to ask the question until I asked him to clarify his question and he said financially. He has walked this road with us for many years and been my confident/prayer partner when the financial road is tough.  I answered this final question with God meets all of our needs although it is not perfect.  I guess that was not a good enough answer because we discussed it more.  Finally and begrudgingly I told him that over the last year our support has drastically decreased (about 35-40 percent to date).  I don't tell you this story to make you feel bad.  I tell you this story to demonstrate to you that even when we struggle that God owns it all and He is gracious with all of it and His love.
    Ten plus years of working with International Commission, three years more with the International Mission Board and God has constantly been faithful to us.  As my friend above who has been living faith based for over 24 years he has no need to request for money, he just prays that God will place it in your hearts.  That is our prayer also that God will place it your hearts t to be our Great Commission Partners and we will let Him direct you. 
    Luke 10:2 says:  He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."  The harvest truly is plentiful and I am honored to be counted as part of the few.  Is God calling you and directing you to become more involved in the harvest.  If God is directing you, D ON"T WAIT....please, please, please let me know and  I would love to share with you how God can use you by GOING, PRAYING, GIVING and being part of the GREAT COMMISSION.  If God is calling you to become more involved with us in our Call, we would love to have you join us.  Please let God touch you and direct you.

    Drinking Camel's Milk in the Arabian Peninsula

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