Thursday, January 26, 2006

Trusting God with our Future

The following quote is by George McDonald, an author whom CS Lewis admitted was a great influence upon him. Heather and I first came across it when we were in Florida back in 1996, a time when we had committed to going to seminary, but had no way of knowing how we would finance it. God came through for us, and proved the truthfulness of these words. Again, in 1999, when we began work with RUF at Texas A&M, the account was 7k in the hole. God showed himself strong once again. Now as we face the daunting and somewhat discouraging task of raising money in order to do mission work in Peru, we find ourselves raising this ebenezer, remembering how God has been faithful throughout the years, and how "hither by Thy help I'm come."

"Because you don't see what can be done, you say God can do nothing--which is like saying there cannot be more within His scope than there is within yours. One thing is clear: if He saw no more than lies within your sight, He could not be God. The very impossibility you see in things points to the region God works in."

Which is just another way of saying with St. Paul, "And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).

Monday, January 23, 2006

20-25% Support Level

Having talked to or visited about 20 churches this fall, we are currently between 20-25% of our needed level of support to be able to move onto the field this summer. We have several missions conferences lined up, including a missions preview weekend at Bay Area Pres in Webster, TX, on Jan. 29th; a missions conf at my home church, Westminster Pres, in Bryan on Feb. 3-5. Feb. 19th, I'm preaching at the missions conf at Spring Cypress Pres in Houston. Feb. 24-26 is the missions conf at our former church in Pensacola, McIlwain Pres. We're looking forward to seeing folks there. It's hard to believe that it has been some 10 years since we have been there! The following weekend I'll be in Statesboro, GA at the Rev. Roland Barnes' church, Trinity Pres. Then after that, I'll be taking a group of Aggies down to Peru over Spring Break. There are a few more churches in the works at this point for after the break. Plus we are in the midst of contacting our friends and letting them know about the change of venue and inviting their partnership.