One of the things that has absolutely blown me away this summer is the generosity and sacrificial giving of God's people. We all know the economy is not so hot, yet I found out at ABWE's annual Missionary Enrichment Conference earlier this month, that giving is UP. A lot. Do you find that hard to believe? I find it extraordinary. Sometimes I get caught in the negative outlook on this world and even (sadly) on my fellow believers. But there is no need for that- God is at work in people's hearts just as He always has been, maybe even more. Or, it is possible that He has placed me in a position to see it like I never have. As I approach the end of a summer filled with trying to raise support to get back to Portugal, I am awestruck by God's grace displayed in the financial giving of other people. I am officially only $2,800 away from what was originally a $20,000 goal.
"Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen."