I just wanted to share how good our God is! Last week, we shared a shortage of donations to cover our increased costs of educating our kids now that they are getting in higher grade levels. We were very worried because the situation had gotten to the point that we were having to consider moving back before our mission was complete. This was very difficult to share because I really thought I would be able to raise more support to cover the difference in expenses when we were home on furlough. It didn’t happen in December and January. I thought maybe more donors would sign up in February and March. It didn’t happen.
This was heartbreaking to me because our ministry is seeing amazing fruit! We have worked so hard over the past four years building our ministry and we are really seeing the fruit of it right now. We had to invest quite a bit of time and money getting our demonstration farm up and running, but are now seeing people adopting Farming God’s Way, coming to know Christ and getting discipled. We have an amazing partnership with the school next door and each grade level has their own demonstration gardens where they are practicing Farming God’s Way!
I was reminded of the impact of our ministry on Thursday when I was on the farm. One of our farm workers, Freddy, asked me to come to his home to pray for him. He recently got married, is expecting a baby and has built a new house. He has grown in awesome ways! He has started up a business and is a leader in his church. He shared with me that he would not be where he is now without the donors that make our work in Uganda possible.
Our Work for a Living center is firing on all cylinders as well! It took a significant investment in time and money getting the center up and running and getting Jennifer trained up to facilitate the program. She is now doing an amazing job and people are finding jobs, starting businesses and coming to a saving relationship with Christ. The best result we have seen from this program is that her twice weekly bible study continues to grow! People have been sharing with her that the Word has changed their life!
Everything regarding our ministry on this side is going great, but to be honest, I began to have a faith crisis. I began to doubt that God would provide the money we needed to educate our children. The problem was that I took my eyes off God and tried to solve the problem myself. The thing is that I forgot what God had already done for us.
God has always provided what we have needed to do our ministry in Uganda. When we needed our house to sell to be able to make the move, He made sure it sold. When I needed to keep my job until right before our move, He made sure I was able to keep my job. When we needed start-up money to move, He provided it. When we needed monthly donors to cover our living and program expenses, He provided them. When we needed money to buy a demonstration farm, He provided the money. God has provided what we have needed EVERY time.
After sharing the need we had, God once again came through. People gave sacrificially. People prayed. People sent encouragement. Our board voted to increase our income through June, and I’m confident the money will be there by June for them to increase our income for longer!
The mistake I made was taking my eyes off Him and tried doing things under my own power. Once I surrendered to Him, He took care of the problem and provided for us. Hebrews 12:10-13 comes to mind, “For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed.”
I would like to thank you for praying for us. I would like to thank you for continuing to support our ministry. I would like to thank you for joining our support team. I would like to thank you for encouraging us. Thank you!!!