Last weekend we visited Bay Covenant Church in Green Bay. Hans went to the church during high school and it was nice for me to get to know some of the members. After driving to Green Bay on Friday night (in the rain) we enjoyed dinner and played a game with Ron and Karen, our hosts for the weekend. On Saturday we visited a few people from the church and shared our future ministry with them, and on Saturday evening we had a chance to see a friend from Tech, Jon, and his girlfriend, Rachel. Jon was in our wedding and it was great to catch up and get to know Rachel better.
On Sunday, we shared with the church (which was a little nerve-wracking, since it was our first church presentation!) and it went really well – except for forgetting to mention that we were endorsed with WorldVenture. It is encouraging to see people excited about our ministry and what God is doing in Bolivia.
I was worried that it would be hard to raise support, but God is showing me that it is not our job to raise our support – it’s His. Of course, we are responsible for being prepared to share our ministry and ask people to pray about supporting us, but God does the rest of the work. And our supporters are not simply giving to us – they are giving to God, who is giving to us. I like that it’s not about us – just as our trip to Bolivia isn’t about us. We are going to Bolivia to serve where God wants us to be, not simply because it will be a good experience for us. (Although that isn’t a bad thing, either!)
I am reminded of what God says to Jeremiah after he calls him as a prophet:
“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land – against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.” (Jeremiah 1:17-19)
God calls Jeremiah to be his voice to the rebellious nation of Judah, but he also provides Jeremiah with the strength he needs to stand up to the people (who don’t want to hear that they are messing up). Now, I realize that God isn’t calling us to the same thing that He called Jeremiah, but God has called us and He will provide for us.
Isn’t that wonderful?!