In my previous post I talked about how life is expensive, there is always another expense. I have been entrusted to steward the things that God has resources that God has given me. I also talked about investing in Missionaries with their various projects and buildings and expenses.
Today we were working on how to solve a problem with a Brick Machine that Creekside Purchased for Dwellings the home building ministry of Alternative Missions. The Machine was in customs with a $1200.00 customs fee. At first I was angry that this was happening. This machine will be used to help build homes to change the lives of families in the area around Cofradia. It will also provide jobs for several guys to support their families. Its a great thing for the town, and for the families. This customs thing made me angry.
We received an offering to buy the machine, and I didn’t want to go back to say, we need more money. So instead we decided to call around to see if there is anyone who can help. Our Administrator, Liz, said she had a call from someone who wanted to give to the Brick Machine, so I called this individual first.
I spelled out our situation, what was going on, what the need was. We were ready to give a certain amount from our missions budget, and then we were just looking for the difference. And I asked (asking people for money is always scary) this person if they could help in anyway. She said, why don’t I just cover it. I was thinking awesome, she’ll pick up the balance. She said, no, I’ll pay for the whole $1200.00.
What the What . . . ????
She then told me that she had recently been blessed with some money and God told her to just give it to this brick machine project. She was just waiting for an opportunity to give.
How amazing is that? Pretty amazing. God had a plan for the customs fee. God had a plan for getting this Brick Machine where it needed to go. And I was really close to just putting a little bit of money toward it when God wanted to pay the whole thing.
God is good. He really does have a plan, and he is way smarter than us. Too often we settle for our own good ideas. God is good.
Oh and by the way, this video is of the brick machine that we are buying. The Video is amazing, I don’t really understand why they chose this song for the the soundtrack, but it’s amazing.