Sunday, January 23, 2011

Our God is Amazing!

I was challenged just over a week ago by a comment a friend made.  He was telling Kerri and I of how he has learned to pray very specifically for things he has needed, and even for things he has not needed but simply wanted.  He explained how, since God is like a father to us, that He wants to show His love towards us in very tangible, even extravagant ways.  He commented how if we would like to see specific answers to prayer, we should be specific in our prayers.

That night I spent some time praying and decided to be very specific.  I told God how excited I was feeling about moving to the Philippines, but that I was nervous about the finances we needed.  We have been trying to raise the necessary money for a couple months now, and while we have seen some definite progress, we still had a long way to go.  I then asked God a very specific thing; I asked Him to provide us with half the needed amount to be in our account by the end of March, so that we could commit to the school for this year.  The specific amount which I asked for was $30 000.

I am not sure what I was expecting.  I have seen God answer prayers before in my own life.  I have heard stories of how He works miracles in many different situations.  I have not often seen such an enormous request answered in my own life, perhaps because I have never asked for such a huge thing.  I'm not sure whether I really believed that God would answer that prayer.

Over the next week God showed His faithfulness.  In a span of one week we have received over $21 000 in cash donations, and had a commitment for monthly support totaling $9000 over the 30 months we will be in the Philippines!  We now have almost $30 000 in the bank, plus over $15 000 in monthly support when we go.  God has shown His faithfulness by not only answering my specific prayer, but by doing so almost immediately!

We still have a ways to go before we have raised the total amount we will need, but we are well on our way.  Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, either through donations or through prayer.  We appreciate it so much.  Simply saying thank you doesn't seem like enough to express our gratitude, but we mean it from the bottom of our hearts.

8 comments:

Stephanie Williams said...

Woohoo! Way to shine His glory! I'm so stinkin' excited for you guys! Go rock Davao city for Jesus! :- )
You can do it! By His strength and in His love you can do it! :- )

Salem said...

Hooray! I'm so excited for y'all! May the Lord continue to provide for everyone of your needs. I've been meditating on Matthew 6:32-33. The Lord knows all your needs...and has provisions for it. I love that you are seeing the Father's love in your lives!

jam_vedoya said...

Thanks for sharing the encouraging story

Melanie said...

Wow! that is absolutely amazing. I laughed as i read this. Cowen asked me why I was laughing, and I said it's because God is so amazing! I had to either laugh or cry. Thanks for sharing Steve!

Ernest said...

HI I LOVE YIOU

Ernest said...

HI KERRI, STEVE, JULIA AND DANIEL
WE ARE SO PROUD OF EVERYTHING THAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR REGARDING YOUR MOVE TO THE PHILLIPINES. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT GOD IS DOING SO FAR. YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GUYS FIRST DECIDED TO GO , I PRAYED AND SAID GOD, IF ITS YOUR WILL FOR THEM TO GO THEN OPEN EVERY DOOR INCLUDING THE FINANCES, AND IF NOT, THEN CLOSE THE DOORS. I GUESS IT WAS GODS WILL EH? WE ARE SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING, AND EVEN WHEN ITS GODS WILL IT STILL TAKES ALOT OF GUTS AND TRUST. WE ARE SO PROUD OF ALL OF YOU GUYS, AND WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND WE ARE BEHIND YOU ALL THE WAY.
LOVE DAD AND MOM

Caressa & Jeremy said...

I'm so thankful to have found your blog!
I just submitted my application for the 2012 fall semester & I'm excitedly waiting now. There is a lot to do to prepare a family & seeing God's provision for you all is a great Faith builder!
I became a doula in the mean time also!
Keep us posted on your adventures with the Father!
It's good to relate!
I started a blog today & used the same statistics quoted here. Are those numbers not remarkable?!


And, Congratulations!!!!

Caressa & Jeremy said...

Hey! You know Stephanie too!
Internet is awesome!