"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot

Saturday, July 23, 2011

God's lessons to Anna and I in the Atl

Anna, Luke, Abigail, Erin (my cousin and awesome helper with the kids) and I went to Atlanta on Monday night and returned Friday evening. We were in Atlanta for training on the ACE program which is what we will be using in Canaan for teaching the children. God did so much I don't even know what to tell y'all. Why do I write? So that we all will be reminded how big our God is.

Well, lets just start with a man named Terry. Anna and I were in the car in the parking lot fixing to leave at the end training on Tuesday. He pulls along side of us and starts talking to us. He had overheard that we were going to Haiti and wanted to talk to us. He gave us some money and said he wanted to be apart of our ministry, also that he wanted to share some things abut his life and ministry with us. So we went to lunch with him on Thursday and the one thing we wanted to talk to us about was trust in the Father. During lunch he spoke of three missionaries, George Muller, Hudson Taylor, and David Gates. In each one of these cases, the men wholly trusted God for their ministry. He didn't stop there, he spoke specifically about God providing for the financial needs of these men. All of the examples were astounding. Anna and I would like to share some and will if you want to know, let us know. God spoke to us through this man, because Anna and I had been thinking a lot, even to the point where we were potentially taking things into our own hands and worrying about financial support.

God convicted me that I was trusting in people more than Him. It's all logical and makes sense if we take a step back and look at it. If God calls a person to the mission field He's gonna take care of Him. I read about a missionary K.P. Yohannan and there was a story where he had ten dollars left to his name. Nothing in the bank, nothing nowhere besides that ten dollars in the pocket. He was in church one night and God moved him to give that ten dollars in the offering. He said, "God, this is all I got". God didn't budge, and K.P. gave the money so that he had not one penny to his name. That night after the service a man whom he had never meant gave him one hundred dollars in the parking lot. After reading that I thought to myself, why doesn't God do things like that in my life. Well, God answered. He said to me, I don't do things like that in your life because I don't have to, you take care of yourself. Wow!

Anna and I resigned from our jobs and thought we were trusting in God. That fact is we were trusting, just not fully. Recall the story of the rich young ruler. God wants everything.
In closing this man told us that he had gall stones and that he was a very busy man. He said that he wouldn't have come to the training if he didn't have the gall stones. He told us that he believes God gave him gall stones so that he would come to that training to talk to us. So Anna and I will pray that God will provide for all our needs. Did God really give this man gall stones so that he would be there to talk to us about fully trusting in God? We believe so.

We will post more events from the Atl soon.


  1. Just more reminders of God's awesome-ness. :) He's got this and I know He has you all covered, protected, and provided for. Would love to hear more about Terry and ATL.

  2. Hey, Robin linked to your blog on FB, so now I'm going to be following your journey to and in Haiti.

    God is always faithful to His children and will continue to mold you into the likeness of His Son.

    This post was specifically challenging to me, because I struggle trusting the Lord versus money, my hubby and others. My hubby and I will be praying for y'all in all of this craziness.

    This is a passage that has brought me much comfort:
    "Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
    the wormwood and the gall!
    My soul continually remembers it
    and is bowed down within me.
    But this I call to mind,
    and therefore I have hope:

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
    they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
    “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”
    (Lamentations 3:19-24 ESV)


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