I logged into Facebook earlier today to find this message waiting for me in my inbox:
“I wanted to share something with you. I saw your post about a month ago looking for funds for your Africa adventure. At that moment my husband and I were both working at a daycare, me (6 months pregnant on Medicaid) making $8.75 an hour, him making $10.50. We didn’t have benefits. When I read your post I was compelled to promise you guys $100 a month which, with our income, was a stretch. A week later I lost my job. I kept seeing your posts and that $100 was still on my heart. A week after I lost my job, I got a phone call from the state and they wanted to offer me a position I interviewed for two weeks prior, making $13.50 an hour with (expensive) benefits. When I got the job offer I made the commitment online to send you guys the $100 a month. Today, about a week after I committed that money, my husband got a phone call from a company that he applied at in AUGUST, they offered him a union position making $16.50 an hour with FREE benefits. There is no other explanation to me besides divine intervention. Our lives have changed SIGNIFICANTLY in 4 weeks and it started with me listening to God when he told me to help fund you guys. I just thought you’d like to hear about how your journey to Africa is touching those of us at home.”
I’m blown away by His faithfulness and provision, and by the faith that they had even though they didn’t know how things would work out. I’d like to say that I’d be one to do the same, but I don’t honestly know that I would. I always thought of mis-ionaries as heroes, growing up, but I’ve changed that opinion. I believe that true heroes are those who truly trust in Him and act in faith according to His lead, wherever that may be, and whatever that may look like. We’re all called differently, but also are similarly called to be faithful to His lead, and the impact is there whether you are at home or going to Africa.