Addresses

I have seen my fair share of addresses for a lifetime this week! 

As you know, the husband and I are entering the world of full time ministry.  A very big piece of our ministry tapestry is raising our own support.  I have been rather candid and shared that this little idea of asking folks for money has not settled too well with me.  BUT my God changes hearts and is certainly proving that He will provide!  (I say that without receiving ONE penny towards our ministry fund – yet.)  My faith in this endeavor is sort of freaking me out.  So unlike me.  What is the deal?

The husband’s theory has something to do with us doing the right thing.

Thanks, Mr. Smarty Pants.

Addresses!  That has been a major task.  Locating folks who have moved, making sure couples are still couples (the fact that some of our friends are now separated or divorced has grieved me deeply), and that the right address does indeed go with the right person.  It has been a daunting chore.  Making the list of potential donors has been a rather tricky and even sensitive subject as well.  I read into EVERYTHING so it is natural for me to believe others do the same.  I have no desire to offend a soul and do not strive to cause one to be uncomfortable.  The husband says I read into too much.  I told him I am a female. 

That hushed him.

Anyhoo.  We finally made it to the stage of actually placing the labels onto our large envelopes today.  The good Lord even saw fit to give me a whole week off from school.  Isn’t that just like Him!??!!  I have spent the last two days at the office preparing our packets (which by the way – I LOVE being up there working alongside the husband and all the GREAT folks at FLMI).  As I was placing the labels on each envelope, I was once again overwhelmed by the people God has placed in our lives.  My rule of thumb (thus far) in asking individuals for support is that one or both of us have had some sort of relationship with the person.  There were VERY few names/labels that I did not pause and reminisce about how he or she impacted my life.   A funny story.  A trial that they helped me through or vice versa.   A colleague.  A life long friend.  A babysitter.  A teacher.  A doctor.  A ballroom instructor.  A neighbor.  An internet buddy (hint hint).  The list goes on and on and on.  402 to be exact but growing by the moment.

As those tubs left with the mail courier this afternoon, my prayer that followed is that yes, the Lord will use all that “stuff” to lead others to pray about supporting but  ultimately, it comes down to the bottom line.  We need money.  My prayer does not end there.  I pray that God will use all that literature to show others how the orphans of Zambia have great life changing opportunities awaiting  them (and some are in the midst of those changes).  I also pray that even if folks don’t feel called to assist us in this specific ministry, they will seek God’s will in sacrificially giving to others. 

Last week I was at my brother’s house and asked him and his wife to read over the draft of our newsletter.  They had kind things to say.  As I was leaving, my bro walked out to the car with me and chuckled saying, “Kind of a rough time to be asking for money, huh?”   Wasn’t that the dude who preached to the congregation just one week earlier about not being greedy?  I drove away feeling a little beaten, realizing that my brother just simply was stating an obvious fact. 

BUT!!!!!  I have a God that can provide for us even when the rest of the world is looking around and saying, “Not a good time to be asking for money, huh?”

Now we just wait and see. 

Welcome to my journey of waiting for the funds to come in.  You better buckle up for I have no road map for this trip.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted February 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    I better be getting something in the mail soon!!! :o)

  2. Posted February 25, 2009 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Congrats on getting it all in the mail! And praying that all your needs are supplied…

  3. Posted February 26, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Praying that God supplies your needs more rapidly than you can ever dream! He is ABLE!


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