Mark 12:41-44 “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money in the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only the fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.”
We have learned so much the last few months about developing ministry partners. Relying on others for financial support is a humbling experience. We understand people come from different places and what they support may or may not line up with God’s plan for our family in Africa. There have been some very special moments along the way and here is one that stands out and melts our hearts.
Each year our family makes our Christmas trip from North Carolina to Pennsylvania to Ohio and back to North Carolina. This year was particularly special when we arrived at Beth’s sister’s house in Ohio. As a family we decided not to get presents for the kids (Alaina, Ava, Aria, Emmett, and Watson), but in its place we would spend time together and do some things as a family.
We had some little gifts like pictures and cookies to exchange (Thanks Uncle Ron), however the greatest gift we received came in a small bag from our nieces. As Beth and I opened the bag there was some cash, a bracelet, and a small note to our family. The money was to support our ministry in Africa and the bracelet and note were to encourage our family that God and Jesus are with us on this journey.
Beth and I were completely humbled by the support of our nieces, but not surprised. You see they have pretty amazing parents who work hard and give generously. They lead lives committed to Christ and the evidence of their faith is bearing fruit through their daughters.
This is the part of the journey that’s hard. How do we leave behind these amazing kids? The rest of our amazing family and friends? If you think it’s easy, it won’t be. There will be plenty of tears shed as we move to Kenya this summer, but we have to keep in mind how God felt as he sent His Son, Jesus to earth. He sent Jesus to die for the sins of the world and he sent Jesus for everyone.
We would encourage you to see giving as an act of worship. When you give to the things God cares about, your heart begins to change. You begin to care about the things God cares about. No matter where you are, God cares greatly about you and the people in your city. Our ministry will support taking the Gospel to places we’ve never heard of and we know God cares about getting the Gospel to unreached people groups in Africa.
Thank you for following us as we prepare to leave this summer. Our greatest need right now is having people come alongside us, committed to supporting our family’s ministry on a month to month basis. We would encourage you to pray about this and would love to have you join all the amazing people like our nieces who have sacrificed to spread God’s love in Africa.