When you ask for money on behalf of someone else, there’s a certain feeling you often get. I’d describe it as excitement; or even zeal. That’s because you’re just the messenger. You’ve got great news of exciting work that needs to be proclaimed and supported.
When you ask for money to support yourself though… things feel much different. It’s difficult and uncomfortable. It’s scary because you’re not just the messenger; the news you’re telling people is your own. Your work needs help and support.
Luckily, things aren’t so when it comes to Kingdom work. We are God’s laborers. We’re doing the job, but after that, it’s the work of the King to see it through. So when we approach others about help, particularly financial, we can stand boldly and proclaim God’s mighty feats and sovereign power! Praise the Lord.
A story to prove this point… it’s not our doing, but the Lords:
Before we returned to the USA on our three month home assignment, we were told we needed to raise $14,000 in one time donations. This would support plane tickets, international insurance for our family, and a few other housing costs in Taiwan. That felt like a lot and three months wasn’t a long time to reach out and make asks. Despite this, one thing that had been stressed previously in the year was the need to keep part of our home assignment as a Sabbath; a retreat, time spent with God, time to rest and reflect. And we were really excited about that. We decided to trust that God would work in a mighty way if we spent the first month with Him and the last two months fundraising. Within that first month the Lord provided over half of that $14,000 amount. Praise the Lord!
This is not our news, it’s His. God is good and He provides!
Philippians 4:6 ESV
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
We still have about $6,000 left to raise before we return to Taiwan in March. Will you pray with us that God would continue the work that He has began and provide the rest of our finances for this next term in Taiwan? Oh, and speaking of the exciting and awesome work God is doing in Taipei check this out:
- God’s grown the Aroma cafes and at our Ximen location we’re able to share the name of Jesus with an average of 55 people each day.
- Each month we have over 160 opportunities to build into individual relationships via our weekly English ministry; Coffee Talk.
- Plus, we checked the books and looked at some old numbers… since 2015 (when we arrived in Taiwan) we’ve seen over 150 individuals step foot into a Christian church (most of which) for the first time. This has led to 86 decisions for Christ being made and 26 new believers being baptized.
Praise the Lord!