Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV
“Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
As I have been preparing for the foreign missions field I have been blown away with Gods provision.
I remember years ago being discouraged about how in the world would I ever become a Missionary. The task seemed so daunting and there was no one or where that seemed to want to help me with it. But the truth is that I just had to keep waiting on the Lord. And while I waited I served. Finally the Lord said go.
I started to step out in faith and tell my pastor that the Lord was telling me to go. The time to be a Missionary had finally come. Ecuador seemed like the most logical place to go, and circumstances pointed me in that direction. The more I prayed about it the more times the Lord told me I was called to go.
In so many ways I have seen the Lord providing for me. First Zeke said he would go before the board of CCP to ask them to support me, still not sure how that went or is going but I think the Lord will give me favor on that.
I also owed my grandma some money that she loaned me in order to pay for Bible College. I told her I would not leave the country until it was payed back. I didn’t know how it would be possible to go and still pay her back, but I was just trusting the Lord and made paying her back a priority over everything else. After paying her 600 (and I owed her 1200) she told me at the rate I was paying her back she knew I would do it. She told me she had been saving the money I owed her and gave it back to me and forgave the rest of my debt.
On top of that I owed my Dad 480 for Bible College as well, and he said he would do the same.
I have also been getting a lot more hours at work, and got to work an event where I made 200 in one day.
I also have been house sitting and have made 600 from that. On top of that I was praying about if I should ask the person that I am house sitting at if I could use his truck while I am sitting at their house until May 30th, because my truck is broken. Amazingly he says “If your truck craps out on you then you can use mine.” Who does that?!! I hardly know this guy. I replied “Well… it actually already did crap out on me.” He told me I could use it then. Wow, Lord. Thank You.
The blossom ministry at church is also going to support me and multiple people at church including my parents want to send support. All of this and I never asked any of them for it. Oh, almost forgot that my work is raising support for me and my bosses want to send money too (and they are Catholic). All I did is ask God for support, and he is doing abundantly above and beyond what I asked. I have recently sent out letters asking for support, but so far all my support has been from people that God had just laid it on their heart to do so.
So, the lesson you can learn from this is don’t be discouraged if you want to become a Missionary. Just wait on the Lord till He gives the go ahead and then start stepping out in faith. You might have to work for your support, it may mean more hours at work or taking odd jobs for extra cash, or God may just lay it on peoples heart’s to donate, but you can be sure that the Lord will provide for your needs. Just seek first His kingdom.
Genesis 22:14 NKJV
“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
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