I was thinking of the economy and how messed up it is, when it occurred to me that this could be a good time to testify of how God has provided for us each and every day. Let’s go back in time a bit….
We arrived in Kenya in January 2005 with $600.00 in our pocket. Nothing in the bank, and no promise of a paycheck. We had no home, no furniture, no money for the ministry, we had $600.00.
Right away we had to spend about a $100.00 or so to travel from Nairobi to Nakuru. I was stressed. In the beginning I had a hard time trusting God. I had learned to trust my job, family, and my own giving. Now here I was thousands of miles away from home without any ability to earn money.
Despite my unbelief God provided. Of course through individuals and churches, but that is how he provides 99.99% of the time. Soon we had a house and at least some furniture. (We wore out the little portable DVD player the first few months here. No t.v. and no regular DVD player. We watched the Lord of the Rings over and over in those months. I even managed to get through all the commentaries. We soon wore out the DVD drive on the laptop as well.)
That first year was really tough for me. There were actual days when I had no idea how we were going to buy food to eat for the next day. Without fail, and without advertising the fact that we didn’t have any money, food, money, and whatever we needed would become available. Sometimes at the very last minute. Like the time we were sitting around wondering what to feed the kids when there was a knock on the gate. A group of about 15 people from a church I had preached at came pouring in. They brought food, cups, bowls, and tools to help cut the grass. No one told them we needed help, they just came trying to live out what I had taught at their meeting.
God was teaching us to trust him.
Hurricane Rita managed to disrupt the majority of our donors, and prevented us from receiving donations through the mail for several months. By the end of October of that year we were out of money, and had no hope of being able to receive any.
Just when things were bleakest we received a donation that provided for us till January 2006. God provided at just the right moment and through just the right channels.
I could go on and on. There are many more tales of God’s provision, hopefully I can sort them out in my mind and share them.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to trust Him, but that is exactly what we need to do. I keep falling off that horse, thankfully and mostly because of my wife’s faith, and our friends, I am able to get back on and continue the ride.