We are going- oh yes we are! Funds have been given, additional commitments have been made, and now we can see the answer to 15 months of prayer coming to pass. Ever since our whole family was last in Rwanda we have been praying and asking God to send us back for an extended period of time. Here we are, seeing the fulfillment of that desire (placed in us by God I am sure).
I rejoice in what God has done, and at the same time I am very humbled. We had an event last Saturday night to raise funds for our family. There were about 45 people there: around one-fourth or one-fifth of what we had at our Ten Talents banquet last year. And yet there was over $6,000 given. That amount represents many people giving sacrificially. People are giving, not because they have extra money sitting around they need something to do with, but they are giving as an exercise of their faith. They are giving because they believe in the work God has called us to do. It is incredibly humbling for me, and I am so grateful.
There are several wonderful things about this. First of all, I know God will reward their faith. He will bless them. Secondly, now these people have become partners with us in the work we do. Everything we do, every life God allows us to touch, they have been a part of that touch. They will meet people in heaven who are there because they chose to give.
This is why we believe God usually does not provide through just one person. He uses many people as givers, that way they receive the blessing of being an instrument of the provision of God and they also receive the blessing of giving by faith and seeing God take care of their own needs. It really is magnificent. This is why we are not ashamed to give people the opportunity to give. It really is a blessing to give.
We are still a few thousand short of what we need, but commitments have been made & we are confident that all will be provided.
Now, I will admit I am a procrastinator. And I will admit that I am just today starting to pack- only 8 packing days left! We leave August 18th & arrive August 19th (25 hours of travel- not too bad for going half way aroud the world)! Our kids will start school a few days late: Monday, August 23rd. Nate just got glasses today: hopefully they will not get broken in Rwanda!
Thank you for your prayers on our behalf!