It's unbelievable, even the nurse said so. This much healing took place in only 7 days -- Monty wanted to personally thank each and every one of you who have been praying --- what power you have!!!
On an entirely different note; we all know the financial difficulties we all face these days. I just received an email from one of the disaster relief agencies we have grown to know over the past years. They are in danger of having to close up operations due to lack of funding! Every missionary we have had contact over this past year have talked about how their finances are down, donations aren't coming in like they used to. All are praying and standing firm in their faith. But . . . we entire organizations are in trouble it really hits home!
I am not one to rely on numbers but . . . take note of these statistics that were just released from the local Long Term Recovery for the work that has been done by relief organizations here in Galveston County;
90 homes completely rebuilt
construction funds (donated to Long Term Recovery) used thus far: $496,559.00
volunteers: 19,377 hours they have worked: 238,181
value of that volunteer labor: $5 million (hourly rate determined by Independent Sector)
unmet needs allocated: $84,000 with 72 families served
These are awesome numbers! These numbers show that things are getting done, people are being helped and the donated funds are being used -- that the funds are desperately needed! All funds donated to Long Term Recoverys are dispersed through the case management of all relief agencies! Every dollar!
But . . . it takes dollars for the relief agencies to keep going.
And . . . it takes dollars for the volunteers working with the relief agencies to be there to be the ones serving.
I know times are tough, no one has enough, everyone is suffering, the economy is in a tough time . . . the list goes on and on.
But God! I, for one, have read the Book and know the ending . . . and . . . we WIN!
So folks, if you were helping support someone or some organization and have stopped . . . I am begging you to reconsider. Read what the Book tells us all and then re-think giving!
For those of you who aren't, and have never, helped support someone or some organization I beg you to think about it. Take another look at those numbers listed above.
99% of the USA has forgotten about hurricane Ike. It's those of us "on the front lines", "in the thick of it", "in the trenches" . . . we can tell you that it's NOT all okay and we cannot be here without your support.
Is this a request for funding? YES! For EVERY single missionary, for EVERY single volunteer who is out here trying to be obedient to the calling on our lives!
God is an awesome God! We ALL stand firm on His promises to provide for those who have been called.
Just some thoughts for a Sunday evening.
Until next time . . . be blessed. Susan and Monty