“The Wonder of it All”
We sang the Spanish version of that song yesterday in church. This line is one of my favorites, “But the wonder of wonders that thrills my soul, is the wonder that God loves me.” Aren’t you so glad about that? Aren’t you glad that he shows us that love – it’s not just something he tells us and we have to believe without evidence – but he shows us, all the time? He shows us in a variety of ways, too.
Two passages that truly were an encouragement to me while I was raising support to come to Spain are just as important to me now as they were then. To me, they are also evidence that the Lord loves us.
“ And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh: as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.” ~ Genesis 22:14
“Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God. But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
They are important to me, because I know they are true. I know that God is Jehovah Jireh – I know that he knows my need before I even know I have a need, and that he has a way to provide. I also know, oftentimes, God uses his people as the means in which he provides; and that when he uses us as individuals in that way, he does it for our benefit. I know because I’ve seen it. I have experienced both being part of providing for a need, and I’ve been the one with a need that he cares for.
Isn’t it awesome, though, that God wants to use us? That he wants to teach us through the need we have, or the one we can help to fulfill?
A Matter of Prayer
As some of you may remember, one of the goals in my ministry outline that I presented during deputation, was to someday find a property here in Salamanca that could be used for ICHTUS (University Ministry). It would be a place where we could host Bible studies, English conversation groups, or game nights. Maybe it could be a place for students to come and relax or study between classes, and perhaps enjoy a cup of coffee or tea.
Because of the short-term status of my first two years here in Spain, I considered this to be something that would be a matter of prayer, and that perhaps the Lord would provide sometime in the future. To rent something like this would normally cost, at the least, $500/month – which would be that much more a month that I would need for support.
I’ll shorten the story a bit – but there is a possibility that the Lord is opening a door for us to rent a little storefront property that we would be able to use for just the things I had envisioned. It needs a bit of work, like a good cleaning, a coat of paint, and a few other minor repairs; but the location is prime for student ministry, and the price is phenomenal. Lord willing, we will be able to rent the property and pay for utilities for about $200 a month.
Here are the things to pray for:
- Wisdom in decision making concerning the renting of the property
- Provision of the $200/month needed for rent/utilities
- Funds needed to do some minor repairs; painting, cleaning, freshening up the space
- Funds needed for some small furniture items and small appliances/kitchen items to use for the ministry
Would you pray for these things? Would you ask the Lord to give us wisdom, or to close the door if it’s not what he has for us for now? Would you consider if the Lord wants to use you to be a part of his plan to provide for this ministry opportunity?
If you’d like to give, either monthly, or a one-time gift toward the rent or renovation of this property, you can send it directly to BMM: Baptist Mid-Missions, PO Box 308011, Cleveland, OH 44130-8011. Checks should be made payable to Baptist Mid-Missions Foundation, with my name in the memo line. You can also visit https://www.bmm.org/give/ways-to-give/ to see other options for giving.
I haven’t really ever met a missionary that loves the task of “asking for money”, though I suppose you could come to the conclusion that it doesn’t bother them a bit; but I do love seeing how God works in and through people, how he provides even when it seems impossible, and how he challenges us to grow in our trust and faith in his ability to give what he knows we need, just when we need it.
Thank you once again for your faithfulness in upholding me and the ministry here in Spain in prayer, and for giving so faithfully and often sacrificially to the work in Salamanca. I am grateful to count you each as partners in this endeavor to take the gospel to those who have never heard.
For His Harvest,