Let me back up…
In the summer of 2009, as we continued praying about moving
to South Africa, our pastor and parents advised us to go
This was great in theory.
Neither one of us had stepped foot on the continent of
Africa before. A trip would let me check out the medical
care and Down syndrome services for Emme. I could visit
with the All Nations group and see the townships where we
would work. Again, a nice idea.
We weren’t sure we could afford $1,200 on a short
trip to Africa – it seemed like a lot of money for
a week long jaunt over the ocean.
However, this didn’t stop me from checking out ticket
prices online. $1200 for one round trip ticket from Omaha
to Cape Town. I hoped the prices would go down and checked
every day. $1200… $1200… $1200...
brings us back to the dream.
I woke up that morning and, with building confidence,
waited for the mail to come. I thought “Hey, God used
dreams all throughout the Bible, why not now?”
I ran down to get the mail and….. nothing there.
No anonymous letter - no money for a flight to Africa. Crazy
I decided to confess to Julie my disappointment.
She looked at me like, “Wow – he wants to
go so badly, he’s even dreaming about it now.”
She smiled sympathetically and said, “Well, honey,
I’m sure it’s in the mail.”
A bit discouraged, I wondered if it was wise to move our
family of four with two small girls to South Africa - without
ever having been there. God had opened so many doors, and
the dream seemed so real, but you can’t argue with
reality. Can you?
The next day, as I sat answering email, Julie opened the
mail while eating her cereal. I will never forget how she
walked over to me with her eyes wide open. Speechless, she
handed me an envelope with no return address. In it the
yeah, it included twelve $100 dollar bills. Yes, $1200 in
cash was in that anonymous envelope.
I know what many of you are thinking. “Man, I wish
God would send me $1,200 dollars. We need this or we need
that.” Well, perhaps God will, because I know He can.
But that’s not the point.
The point is that God’s provision is amazing. And
He uses His people to accomplish His purposes.
I don’t think He fed the thousands in John chapter
6 because if they didn’t eat they would starve. He
didn’t give me the money because it’s a neat
story and there was no other way to get me to Africa. I
think He gave it to show me that in all things God can take
the credit. It really has nothing to do with me.
His promises are always hold true.
This is why I moved my family to Africa - to share with
others the Real Hope of Jesus and His promises.