Deuteronomy 1:30-31 "The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you. You saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way until you reached this place."
I am reading a book called "The Power of Praying Through the Bible" by Stormie Omartian. It is wonderful. As I read today's passage, it made me think back on our journey towards Ecuador. She says, "walking into a closer relationship with God can be like entering your own promise land. You know it's a good place, but it's still filled with unknowns. Following Jesus doesn't mean life is going to be easy. You'll still have giants to battle, territory to claim, and work to do. But God says regarding your journey with Him, "Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." And the reason is because "the Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you" (Deut. 1:30)
As I look back, I can see how that is so true for us. When we first began our FUNdraising, we tried doing it our way, the easy way. We were scared about "asking people to support us." We wandered around in that "desert" for quite some time. God was just waiting for us to bring it to Him, so that He could fight the battle for us. After going to Ecuador during Spring Break, we were able to get a "taste" of what God had for us. It was so EXCITING! We prayed, Lord please show us...we don't know how to do this or what to do! He did show us. Not only did he guide us, He fought the battle for us. When we released it over to Him, the burden became light as He carried us.
It took us 15 months to get to 37%. God took us from 37% to 92% in 2 months! You see, "He already knows the unknowns. He knows about the giants. He has the battle plan. All we need to do is continually look to Him in prayer and follow His lead!" (Omartian)
Thank you Lord! We are bubbling over with excitement. Ecuador is our "promise land" and we are getting so close! Thank you for teaching us, and for being patient with us. Thank you for showing us that you want to carry us through the desert, we don't have to walk through it alone! Father, we see how you have brought us through, and we praise you and give you ALL the glory! Lord, we can only imagine, what it will be like! We rejoice and cry out to you, for you are the Maker of Heaven and Earth! We love you!