“They have freely
Scattered their gifts to the poor;
Their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
The Apostle Paul really hit me with this verse. I was feeling overwhelmed this week because we send money each month to Kenya to help feed, clothe and shelter 71 orphans. But when our finances became so tight because clients weren’t paying their bills my husband hadn’t given me any money because he was waiting to be paid for the work he had done. My heart was growing heavy and the pastor in Africa was getting concerned because he had rented a compound and now needed mattresses for the orphans and food and I wasn’t able to come through and the more overwhelmed I felt. And then, all of my personal worries started hitting me and the bills that we owe from my husband being hospitalized on Christmas Eve and almost losing him. Everything was hitting me at once. I just spent a day in tears. But you know, I know that God has our backs! I know as long as we give to the poor and hungry that they are going to see the love of Christ through us. We are indeed the hands and feet of God in Kenya. We may not be there, hands-on, but we are definitely there in spirit and all the orphans know when they lay their heads on clean mattresses and bedding and go to sleep with full tummies that God’s there with them! It just gives us joy to know that those orphans’ needs are finally being met. And when they go to sleep at night that they feel reassured that angels are watching over them. This is their baby steps of faith that God’s going to meet their needs. And God’s using us to see that those needs are met. What a privilege that God entrusted us! There’s so much more they need, we can only do so much. And I know Pastor Moses Simiyu spends a lot of time on his knees praying that those needs are going to continue to be met. And I know somewhere, somehow, God’s going to make a way and extend our territory so we can give and do more. Through our giving, we are teaching seventy orphans to take baby steps in trusting God! Wow! 71 orphans taking baby steps towards God! That's awesome!