I’ve got a secret to tell you, and it’s a big deal. But of course, being me, I have to give you some background information first, for suspense, but also so you can be in shock as well 🙂 So every year in my church, we donate money. All year long. And at the end of the year, it never fails. A guy in our church goes up to the front to tell everyone how much money we still need to hit the budget. Usually it’s quite a large sum, but over the course of a few weeks the money trickles in. Last night we had a night of generosity. We were challenged to pray and ask God if He wanted us to give any of our things away, and Steve, our speaker, gave us the final amount of money needed for our outreach teams.
So I went home to the famous Flat 8 and sat on my bed, thinking of what I could give away. Instantly I knew of a book I had that I could bless someone else with, but for the rest I wasn’t hearing anything. I just prayed that God would show me what other’s needs are, and what their desires are. So I found two more things that I knew others would appreciate, specific to them. So I went about my day, did my book report, my workbook, work duties, I went and got shoes for outreach, then came back for dinner. The time comes for generosity, and I’m super nervous! So Steve has all the people who need money for outreach come stand at the front, and he asked us all to pray, then come forward if we felt called to donate to them. The total sum owing for both schools was $10,633! Anywho, people flooded in, and when we stopped, we totalled it all, and we only needed $2355! That’s $8278, donated by other MISSIONARIES, in a matter of literally 5 minutes! So everyone who had all their fees sat down, and everyone else stayed up at the front. Within another 5 minutes, we had the remaining amount knocked out! That’s almost $11,000, in 10 minutes! Can you hear the excitement through my words!?!? How crazy is that? Some of these people had $3000 to pay for their outreach, and now they’re covered! How great is our God?
We also had a time to give the material things, and also just commit to each other in our relationships. We did communion together, and it was sweet because we literally got to break bread! In our church we get bread handed to us, but I think there’s something special with actually breaking the bread together. One thing that was really spoken into me was that I am wise! It really made me laugh because I remember back in the day when I was 7 asking God to make me wise. I wanted to be like Solomon in that regard I suppose. But I never realized God gave me that gift, and last night I was able to fully receive it. So now I have the goal of using my wisdom to help others, and to honour God with the gift He gave me. It will not go unused! There’s a few neat stories about the things I gave away, but that would take a while to explain, so message me if you want to know 🙂
Something cool though- Aleksi, this awesome man of God in my DTS, gave me his Vancouver Canucks jersey! Henrik Sedin, number 33. I have no knowledge of this man, but I promised Aleksi I would do my research, and take great care of this jersey. So now I have my own, and I will wear it proudly. I just switched my allegiance to Vancouver Canucks, hate me if you want 🙂
So I’m going to challenge you! Go through your room, your home, anything, and ask God how you can bless someone else today. Honestly, you get so much more when you give. You’d be surprised how much you can bless someone else with something so small! So take the challenge, see how you can brighten someone’s day today!
With Strength that is not my own, Sam