It is with profound humility and abounding joy that I am able to report to you that I have met a major goal in our funding for this ministry. Yesterday I got word from my funding coach that I reached my minimum funding goal! What this means is that I will be able to transition from probationary support raising status to full-time status as of June 1. This is a huge blessing. I am not technically fully funded. I am, however, funded to the minimum level at which I can begin to function fully in my position as a church planter in Colombia. This goal also brings Lesli and I to within $150 each month of where my take home pay was when I stepped away from full-time employment at Midlothian Bible Church. We pave been working and praying to get to this more secure financial position since we began this journey in September.
I need to brag on my God! Through this entire journey God had been faithful! Each month we stared down financial shortcoming. Each month we were gnawed by doubt and fear. Each month God provided for us miraculously! Through this journey we never missed a bill or necessary payment! This has been a major miracle for us. God is good.
I need to brag on you all! We could not be where we are at without each one of you. You have obeyed God's call on your life to support this ministry. In doing so you have been the hands and feet of Jesus for us to provide our financial needs. From the bottom of our hearts my family thanks you!
The Apostle Paul bragged on his ministry partners in Corinth in 2 Corinthians when he says this about the people of the church in Corinth. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 "You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." To Paul, these faithful friends and ministry partners were his "recommendation letters" Their lives were proof if the power of God that was working through Paul's ministry. Let me play off of Paul's words to encourage you all.
You are our stones! You are the living stones (1 Peter 2:5) that are the foundation of our ministry. Your support has established the financial foundation that I will build this ministry on. Any fruit that this ministry produces both now and in the future is because of your faithfulness to obey God and support us. You co-own this ministry with Lesli and I. Thanks.
You are also our stones of help! At one point (1 Samuel 7), God miraculously delivered the Israelites from the hands of the Philistines. After this miracle God instructed Samuel to set up a stone memorial to serve as a visual reminder of God's goodness to his people. Samuel named this stone Ebenezer, which literally means "stone of help". You are stones of help for us. Your faithful obedience and financial provision serve as an Ebenezer stone for Lesli and I. You have been miraculously used by God to help us. We praise God because of you. We remember God's faithful provision through you.
Praise God! Thank you!
This ones for you!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDbllO1LrvM