20 years ago the Lord called me to serve Him in the ministry. So in 1995 at age 31, I sold my motorcycle (Honda CBR600) to pay my tuition for Bible school.
It has been quite the life of faith, adventure, obedience, sacrifice and joy to serve the Lord as a missionary to the nations.
“Do not give all of your money to the poor.” I heard Brian say this to our daughters recently. They had just returned from selling Naomi’s leftover birthday cupcakes door-to-door to the neighbors. The girls squealed with delight. Brian was amazed and proud. Nine dollars was burning a hole in their pocket! Ideas on how to spend it were spinning out of control.
“Let’s give it all to the poor,” one daughter suggested. Now I was amazed and proud.
“Do not give all of your money to the poor,” Brian said. The statement caught me off guard. My bubble was burst. He had my attention, and the girls’, too. What could possibly be cuter, more compassionate, more thoughtful, or more noble than little girls giving all of their hard-earned money to the poor? This I had to hear.
Brian went on to explain that Jesus said the poor you will always have with you. Then he suggested the girls split the $9 as follows… They could spend a portion, because they worked hard for it. Next, they could give a portion to the poor, because they need it. Lastly, they could take a portion and invest it. He told them they could buy some cookie dough, make cookies, and sell them to earn even more money. Thus they would have more money to spend, more money to give, and more money to invest again. The idea clicked immediately – for the girls, and for me.
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!.” (Matthew 25:21)
I love how simple cupcakes were used to explain Matthew’s The Parable of the Bags of Gold so eloquently, yet elementary.
Thank you for believing in the work our family is able to accomplish in developing nations through Now Hope. It is our privilege and responsibility to serve their leaders. It demands risk and accountability. They are worth it! The investment in a leader can not only change his/her individual life, but it also reaches their families, villages, cities, and nations. This touches the generations to come. This is time well spent. This is our passion. This is our life. We are honored to share it with you.
Our next trip is in April to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. We have been visiting this place every year since 2002, working with 22 adopted children, evangelism, and prison outreach. We need to raise another $500 by April 1st. If you would like to give towards this trip, secure donations can be made here. Thank you for your support and prayers.