“We can either wait and trust God or we can go and trust God. Either way we have to trust God.”
That’s what Melinda said to me as we discussed the fact that we didn’t have money for taxes or a trailer, and we had hoped to leave for New York a week earlier. I have a missionary friend who once said, and I paraphrase: “In missions, you have to plan like it’s up to you and trust God when he blows up your plans.”
Have we ever seen this truth in action over the last few weeks.
Our plan was to head to New York this month (October 2015) but things just weren’t working out. You see, we bought our motorhome in June and had raised JUST ENOUGH for a down payment. Now, after a trip to Florida, we’re sitting still in our RV because we can’t pay the 3500 or so dollar sales tax and get the RV licensed. Also, we had a tow dolly that was a bit too narrow for our Honda Odyssey so we blew some tires on that dolly. Now we need a trailer to tow our van while we travel. That’s another 1800 – 2300 dollars. So, we sit, and we wait.
At first all this waiting was frustrating. It was really affecting us. We weren’t being nice to each-other or our kids. We were questioning every decision we had made, and we were just sitting around bummed out by all of the staying. Until we made a decision. We decided to trust God. That’s right! What a novel concept: missionaries trusting God. We decided that we were going to trust God no matter what–so what was next? Were we going to trust God and go or trust God and wait. After some prayer and conversations with people we trust and each-other we landed on waiting.
Then something amazing happened! When we decided to wait, God started to provide! First we received a couple of invites to do ministry in Southern Missouri. Then, someone donated $2000 towards the taxes. Yes! That’s $2000 from one place! What a miracle. We saw God working the situation out for our good. He does say he will do that, doesn’t he?
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
I don’t know if it was our obedience to just trust God or our decision to stick around and see what happens, but either way He did what he promised He’d do. This is why we serve Him. Because He’s true, He’s truth, He’s exactly what He says He is, and that’s hard to come by these days. We still have a need. We need up to 3800 dollars to be able to go south this winter. Where is that money going to come from? I don’t know. I didn’t know where the last 2000 dollars we received was coming from or the almost two thousand we are blessed with every month from our monthly partners. I don’t know where the remaining four thousand eight hundred we have to raise in monthly support is going to come from but I know who’s providing. It’s Him. It’s God and He is who He says it is!’
Here’s a short video telling a story of how God used US to provide for some ministry opportunities this spring. It’s great to serve God with your finances!