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God works in mysterious ways….

Posted by on June 20, 2012

I have been fundraising to become a Missionary for the Evangelical Covenant Church.  After a year of training, paperwork, and prayer I am half way to my goal.  I need about $30,000.  I feel like I have just been watching God work.  It has been amazing to watch.  I thought the Lord would bring the money in right away and I could begin organizing trips in the USA right away!  But alas, I am still unable to officially begin.  The need is great so I have wondered why ALL the money has come in.  And then I experience a week like this past one and completely understand.  I was raised with a very strong work ethic and when new donations started slowing down I just dug in and went to work.  I covered maternity leave for a friend at a local church, babysat an adorable baby, rented out our basement, gathered things to sell at consignment stores and started selling Thirty-One products.  I have had almost $2,000.00 come in by these ventures in the last two months.  Exciting.  But what is even more exciting is the people I have met!  In February the Lord downloaded  a sermon for a church in Missouri.  While visiting a friend in that area the Pastor agreed I should share.  I didn’t have internet, my bible, my notes…but it was the easiest sermon I ever prepared for!  By sharing Gods word I was also able to talk about Merge Ministries.  I was so humbled when they took up a love offering and two people voiced interest in going on a trip!  EXCITING!  Last night I attending a meeting with Thirty-One Consultants (Not my normal thing) and was given the opportunity to share a brief devotional.  Proverbs 31:8 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.  It was great encouraging these women from all wakes of life and all beliefs to be a conduit between homes.  To keep an eye out for opportunities to be generous.  I was also able to talk about Merge.  The opportunities for new relationships wouldn’t have come about if I had raised all the money right away.  The Lord has brought new people into my life that I am enjoying and am very thankful for.  He works in mysterious ways and I am along for the ride!

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