16 August 2008

Cafe Chat Week of August 16

This week Kim asked "Tell about one time in the past 5 years where you took a HUGE Step of Faith in your journey with the Lord. What was the outcome?"

God had spoken to me and my husband before we had even met that one day He would send us out. We shared those words as we were getting to know each other and agreed as a couple that we would listen for His voice and go where and when He sent us. That was simply a truth we received and pondered every now and then, but it sat on the shelf for God had not given us any vision of what He wanted us to do. We continued to grow in the Lord and in our desire to be obedient to whatever He might ask.

The Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda had just finished their second visit to our church, and we had billeted 2 of the girls and their chaperone “auntie”. We gave them our email address saying we were interested in more info, thinking that we would become prayer supporters, something we both do for a number of different ministries.

A few months later we received an email about the possibility of joining a global team to build a teacher’s home in Uganda for Watoto Childcare Ministries. Suddenly, there was the vision, working side by the side with others we had not yet met, for the benefit of the orphans who had come to know Jesus and trusted him and us for their support. We looked at each other, and even without words knew this was God calling.

We discussed it with our pastors who agreed that we should apply to go, so apply we did, thinking that perhaps we would not be accepted on the team. After all, we would have to raise a large amount of money, more than what seemed possible to us.

We received another email, within a few weeks, accepting and welcoming us to the Global Team. Included in that email was info about booking our flights, how much money we would need to raise, sample itinerary, etc.

We were excited, we were happy and we were scared. I don’t think we had a fear of going, but we had doubts about our ability to raise the funds necessary. In faith we pressed on, trusting God’s Word that He doesn’t call us to a task without equipping us. We had to trust that if indeed He wanted us to go, He would provide all that was needed.

I was releasing my faith, and releasing the love of Christ within me as we spoke to individuals and groups about our mission and our needs. More money came in than we ever could have dreamed and yet not enough to cover all of our expenses. Again, we needed to stand in faith that if we used our own funds, God would take care of us financially.

God is and was true to His Word. We journeyed to Uganda to be part of a team of 43 people from Canada, USA, England, Scotland, Ireland and Australia. It was the experience of a lifetime, but only the first. We are already praying, planning and believing God to lead and guide us as we put a team together to return in 2010.

To share your answer to this week's question, join us at http://www.internetcafedevotions.com/2008/08/august-16-2008-cafe-chat.html


Denise said...

Bless you for being faithful, and following His call.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Great post, Firefly!

It's hard sometimes to see that this really is what God wants us to do when the obstacles look so high; but what a ride it is when we go for it anyway! :-)

Toknowhim said...

What an awesome story... Thanks for sharing this week!!!

Tiffanie Lloyd said...

Thanks for sharing your step of faith, a beautiful picture of God's calling and obedience to Him.

Anonymous said...

Wow...! What a wonderful post; my parents are missionaries and I know that stepping out in faith is one of the hardest things to do but oh...the rewards! Thanks for sharing, i really loved reading this.

Renee said...

Amazing how God uses us to touch the world with his great love if we will only step out in obedience to his calling. Blessings to you and your family. May God continue to richly bless you in your work, your family, and your finances! Thankyou for your heart desire to serve regardless of the calling.