July 2013 Newsletter

God Gives the Growth

Well, after a couple months of inertia, things appear to be moving once again! After a lull of about a month without receiving anything, I have received $475 over the past couple of weeks. It’s funny, too, because it honestly isn’t due to anything I have done. Indeed, it often seems to happen in spite of what I do.

Last Sunday, for instance, I went to first service at church, and I was supposed to pick up some copies from commentaries afterwards from the pastor’s office, but I forgot. I decided to wait until the end of the second service to go pick them up. Second service usually ends at 12:30, so I showed up then and was surprised to find the service still going. I slipped into a pew and waited for the benediction, but my friend who was preaching noticed me and pointed me out and told everyone I was going to Haiti and raising support. After the service, a lady who happened to be in town from Florida came up and told me that she had been in the U.S. Army during the 1994 intervention and has had a heart for Haiti ever since. We talked for a while and I gave her the address for my website. She sent me $250 online before the end of the week.

Perhaps this is a common experience for missionaries. In reference to her own fundraising efforts (which have recently succeeded in unforeseen ways and through unintended means), my mom quipped recently“I wonder what else I CAN’T do for the sake of the ministry!” What the Apostle Paul said is true: “Neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” (1 Cor. 3:7) God does things in his own time for his own glory.

Prayer Requests

That’s about all I have for this month. If you would join me in prayer for the following requests, I would be appreciative:

  • A smooth transition back to Haiti. Moving is going to be hectic. Pray that God would grease the wheels.
  • Adequate preparation for teaching a class. I’ve never taught a class before, and in some ways, I honestly don’t know what I’m doing. Pray for God’s wisdom, grace, and guidance.
  • A new roommate for the owner of the house I live in. He is going to need the money. Pray that the Lord would provide a solid Christian to move in soon.

I appreciate you reading this, and I appreciate your prayers and support. May grace & peace be with you.

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