Fundraising has been a humbly experience for me. This post is not about asking for more money or promoting my online donation. This blog is about the experience of relying on others and God.
Africa had been on my heart since Bella was around a year old. I have had a heart for other nations as well as our community. I have wanted to do another mission trip. I felt called to Africa. I was finally obedient to the call. I found an opportunity to go to Kenya this summer in February with an organization called Live in Love ministries. They are a God-fearing ministry that serve the people of Africa, India and Mexico. I applied to go and in the matter of days. The fundraising began. The money is all due in May. February to May is a not a long time to raise money.
I have been blessed with supporters coming out of the wood work to help me. I am amazed, honored, and floored. There are so many great causes out there and many missionaries to support. When I post updates everyday once someone gives, I am truly honored. It’s not to get more supporters. It’s to praise God from whom all blessing flow. It’s to give thanks to the people who have loved on me. It’s to thank those who even not giving financially are praying for me. It’s to recognize that God provides without me doing much but giving Him the glory, honor and praise.
Fundraising has been a test in my patience. I am an action person. I am not a wait to see kind of gal. At times, God requires that of me. There are times that God prompts me to take action. I spring to action. When God requires me to wait, I get antsy. I get nervous, anxious and act like God can’t, won’t and is unable to take care of it. Ben and I through praying believe that God is wants us to wait on the Lord.
There are thousands of way to fundraise. I began last night listing what we could sell and how to make a quick buck to fund my trip. Ben stopped me. We have never sold our belonging once we are finished with them. We have always given them to people who need them more than we do. Ben didn’t want to begin now to suspend our generosity because I was living in fear. Our generosity should not suffer because I am fearful that God will not provide. Life is uncertain but God is not. God knows. He laid this on my heart. Gave me the opportunity. In less than a month, we have seen $1,200 flood through. God will put on my heart when its time to do more. The action girl will spring to life again, when it comes time.
Matthew 6: 31-34 ” Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink” or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Thank you to God for whom all blessings flow. Thank you to all the supporters of every kind. Thank you for believing in me and what has been placed on my heart.