There Is No Going, Without Sending

All the believers were one in heart and mind.  No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 

Acts 4:32

God made us to be a community. He made us to depend on each other, to lift each other up, and to come through for each other.

During our planning time for this year’s trip to Roatan, we prayed, listened, and did our best to obey what God is calling us to do in Roatan this year.  We had construction projects, crafts, jail visits, and community outreach events all planned, and our excitement grew during the planning process.  God faithfully led us, and it was so exciting for us to see the mission that He gave us, come together.  We met several Sunday afternoons to pray, share ideas, and plan according to the talents of the team and the needs of the children at Greenfield, as well as the people of Roatan.  We made big plans, dreamt big dreams, and had big needs, to pull it all off.

What we had planned required thousands of dollars in cash, clothing donations, school supplies, and hygiene items.  After a week of our banana tree fund raiser, it didn’t look good. Wade wore a banana suit…it still didn’t look good. At the end of our first fund raising week, we were well behind previous years, and our needs were greater than previous years.  The problem was big, and suddenly we found ourselves relying on faith. I can’t help but think that it was all part of God’s plan for our team.  We’re not really used to relying on faith alone, but this situation cornered us.  It became clear that if God wanted us to do what we believed He had planned, He was going to have to inspire the community of Shepherd of the Valley to provide what we needed.  We prayed that God would show Himself in a big way, and make it happen.

You might have already guessed how this part of the story ends.  Lots of people donated, some people donated a lot, and we are now three days from departure, and we have all we need, and then some!  We thank our community of believers, for making Acts 4:32 a reality!  It’s such an encouragement to our whole team, to be part of a church that works in the way that God intended!  We rely on each other, we help each other, we carry out God’s plans, we expand the kingdom.  It really is a remarkable privilege!  Thank you SOV, for sending us, and making this mission possible!

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Yep. Wade in a banana suit!

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Only a small portion of what we packed up into about 45 suitcases!

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