More Than Enough

More Than EnoughPrayer. Participation. Provision.  Ministry requires all of these.  What if every missionary’s testimony was that they had too many people on their prayer team; that they had too many churches that were grooming people to join in the work full time on the mission field; that the money that they are receiving to do the work is coming in too fast?!  Lloyd and I were appointed with WorldVenture in 2002 – so I’ve only been a full time missionary for 15 years.  In all of that time I’ve never, ever heard even one of these phrases.

Here’s what I do know: the missionaries that I know are some of the most gifted, anointed, talented, innovative people that I have ever known.  They are creatively sharing the truth of the Gospel with a dying world and suffering much loss in the process, however, they count the loss as nothing to even mention.  They don’t go to the field because of some warm fuzzy feeling that overtakes them – they go because the call of God compels them to go!  They are not beggars who come to your church or small group because there is no where else to go — they are sent ones who come to your church or small group because they know that just as they have answered the call to go; the Body of Christ must answer the call to participate by praying, participating and giving provisions.

In Exodus – when the people realized that God had placed among them gifted artisans/skilled people to do the work; they willingly brought their gifts so that the work could be completed – so much so that Moses had to tell them to stop bringing gifts.  It would be a beautiful thing if this would happen in the Body of Christ today.  The work is not done!  Not for those who are sent out – and not for those responsible for sending them.

What would it take for the Body of Christ to support missions in this way?  

I don’t know.  But my prayer is that it will be so.  

The people are bringing much more than enough for the construction work which the Lord commanded us to perform.”  So Moses issued a command, and aproclamation was circulated throughout the camp, saying, “Let no man or woman any longer perform work for the contributions of the sanctuary.” Thus the people were restrained from bringing any more.  For the material they had was sufficient and more than enough for all the work, to perform it.  Exodus 36: 5 – 7

Interested in giving?  We have over 200 people serving in 12 countries across the continent of Africa.  Click on any of these country names to see how you might become a part of our More Than Enough!

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Don’t Just Link Up With ANYBODY! Trust God to provide through His people

ImageEzra 4:2   “they approached Zerubbabel and the heads of fathers’ households, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we, like you, seek your God; and we have been sacrificing to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us up here.”

Let us build with you?! Really!? Those who appear to follow after the Christ will always want to align themselves with the real followers in order to authenticate their hypocrisy.

Sometimes in our desperation to move a project forward we might be tempted to accept help, assistance, partnership from those who do not truly follow Christ.  Beware!  The time is coming and now is when God seeks true worshipers.  The Israelites understood that they could not partner with people who did not worship the Lord exclusively and we must take that same precaution today.  The thought of being unequally yoked comes to mind.  As we make alliances to further the work of the kingdom, we must seek God’s own wisdom and then follow the counsel He provides as to whether we must move forward are stand our ground.  Our full reliance must always be on Him to complete what He has started no matter the circumstances around us.  Our plight or our fears must never push us to build alliances with those who would follow other gods of any kind.

Father,  Help us to stand firm in our trust that you will bring to fruition the vision that you give to your people.  Steel our hearts not to be tempted to align ourselves with people or groups who are not fully devoted to your kingdom and your will.  Be with us – guide us – keep us.  Move us to do the right thing at the right time.  Amen