Friday, July 20, 2012

Moving forward in faith

Our tickets to Maui are on the credit card!  We had set this past Wednesday as the day we would sit down and make the purchase since time is ticking and prices were doing the same.

We have all been watching the prices online for weeks now and just felt Wednesday was "the" day.

Bev, Sus and I gathered here at our house mid-afternoon and the two of them were undoubtedly late for church that night.  It was an amazing afternoon and evening -- another one of those where I saw everything but the physical hand of God at work! (still waiting for that and know it's coming)

After searching on the internet (with 2 computers) we were nearly dismayed when the prices did nothing but go up and up and seats became fewer and fewer. 

Sus finally felt the need to call the airlines directly and after waiting on hold for way too long she (and God) changed their minds and she called Expedia.  She and her husband had booked their tickets to Maui through them and so . . .

By the time she finished with the call (which was nearly 90 minutes later) we not only had our tickets at a reasonable rate -- they had thrown in a couple of perks that will no doubt make our trip even better!  We laughed when the representative introduced himself as Michael --- thinking that there is an angel with that name --- and we ended up feeling as though we had been talking and working with that exact angel.

Now all the 4 of us need to do is raise the money.  God has promised us that we will have what we need and be able to pay off that credit card even before the bill arrives!  Each of us is standing firm on that promise.

Is is easy to stand firm?  Personally speaking --- NO!   Oh, it's easy for me to believe for someone else -- I do that all the time -- and see God's provision time after time -- without fail.

But . . . when it comes to believing that for myself ----- I admit that it's the toughest thing ever!  The fretting and stewing can nearly overtake me at times.  I am being whole heartedly honest here and showing a weakness that I am truly ashamed of.  But . . . just sayin'

Tomorrow evening the entire team, including spouses and/or parents will be gathering here at our house for our first team meeting.  At that time we will be going over all our flight details, what to take and what to leave behind, reading and signing the Mission Covenant and Release of Liability and officially beginning the forming of our team that will become family over the next few weeks.

If you have already donated towards our trip ---- our sincere and deepest thanks to you!  YOU are what make this ministry and mission happen.

If you have not ---- I would urge you to seek the Lord and see what He would have you do.  We might be the "goers" but the goers cannot go without the "senders".  Details as to how to donate our in our bio at the top of the page or you can go directly to our website and see the words "donate now" at the bottom of the page.

We are excited about this trip, this opportunity to be used by God in a way that will not only rebuild lives but actually save them!  For me -- that is very humbling and I thank God for working through me --- just a broken old vessel that is willing to take that step, take that risk and by His grace -- make a difference in this world!

Until next time . . . what an awesome God we serve!                            Susan and Monty

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