Last week I shared how Indian Creek Olathe rallied around Mark and Shana through the Reverse Offering. Sunday Shana found the courage to share their story, with great gratitude, with the community. Here is what happened after that. Way to go Indian Creek! You inspire me. Praise God for revealing Himself through His people.
I just wanted to thank you for giving Mark and I the opportunity to share our story. I was really timid about it at first, mostly because I felt like I was "airing our dirty laundry" but God promised me that He would use our story to help others. After talking to so many yesterday, I can certainly tell He kept his promise!
For us, it was even more encouraging as God nudged a couple of other people into helping out. Two couples we know were moved to each give us $500. They said they knew it was from God when they looked at each other and realized they were both writing a check for the same amount. Another young lady whom I don't know, but her name was Julia, handed me $100 in cash and said that her husband and her had a good year this year, and they felt they needed to do this. I could tell she was moved by their generosity because she was tearing up after I started crying. Both of these happened after the first service. Another young lady, with her infant son in her arms, offered us her extra baby swing, high chair, and other baby equipment. Though we don't need them, it was awesome to see her love for us and willingness to give. Two gentlement offered assistance to Mark, Tim Love and Doug Courtney, and their words of encouragement and tips helped him to finish the job tonight!
With the checks, we were able to put together our November mortgage payment and pay it today.
But that's not all -- during the second service, I felt prompted by God to return 10% of what we had received to Him. (I think a little bit of your teaching moment had something to do with that. :) ) Immediately the cash went into the offering basket. I hadn't been able to make a contribution this week, and it felt really good to be able to do that. Part of me feels guilty that I gave away some of the money that was given to us out of God's love and provision, but it just felt right!
And then, today, I was at the grocery store and a little old lady was in line in front of me and was short $5 to pay for her bill. As she started deciding what to take out of her Thanksgiving meal preparations, I handed the $5 to the clerk. Yesterday, I wouldn't have been able to do that. But today, I had enough breathing room to be able to pay it forward, and as always, it felt good to be able to help someone else out. I haven't been able to do much of that lately.
Again, thank you. I was truly blessed beyond anything I can express.
We won't be in church Sunday as we'll be heading back from family in Dallas. Please pray for safe travels for us! I'm still a little nervous about whether everything is TRULY fixed, but am leaning on Phillipians 4:6 and Luke 12:22 heavily today. I've always been a worrywart and since I became a Christian 12 years ago, this has been my biggest battle!
Yes it is!
Posted on Wed, November 25, 2009
by Gary Kendall filed under