I, DeAnna, will admit an area I struggle with is fully trusting the Lord to provide for us financially.  I think part of my struggle is that living on support is so opposite to the way I was raised.  I was raised that you work hard, keep your nose down and pull yourself up by your bootstraps when things are hard.  God’s ways are different than our ways and this is one area that is hard for me.  God has shown me time and time again that He does and will provide for us in every way, not just financially.  We had a couple of months in a row that were very lean plus we lost some financial partners in ministry.  We only receive the monies sent into Wycliffe earmarked for us, meaning there isn’t a minimum amount we receive regardless of what is sent in on our behalf.  So there may be months of plenty, months of down to the penny what we need and lean months.  I felt like the Lord was impressing upon me to write a newsletter type document to send out outlining down to the penny what we need monthly for living expenses.  After I wrote it and asked David to review it, I felt uneasy and sensed the Lord didn’t want us to send it at that time, to trust Him and pray specifically about it.  So that’s what we did.  A couple of weeks later we received a few letters in the mail here that contained checks as gifts to us, we received notification from Wycliffe that a financial gift for our ministry was accidentally credited to another account within Wycliffe and they were in the process of correctly crediting it to our account, we received an email from one of David’s distant relatives explaining they felt led to become a monthly financial partner with us after the missionaries they formally supported resigned from their mission work.  We received notification about a friend whom we’ve had contact with for many years who felt led to also become a monthly financial partner.  I just had to share this testimony of how God is faithful!  Thank you for faithfully supporting us financially!  Thank you for committing to pray for us daily!  We couldn’t be here without YOU!

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  Isaiah 55:8 NIV

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3 Responses to Testimony

  1. Pop-pop says:

    DeAnna – thank you for sharing your honest thoughts. The lesson God is teaching you is the same one that He is teaching us almost every day. Just when we think we have it figured out, there is a new wrinkle (or expense). We continue to pray for you daily, and pray that God will keep on supplying your every need. Deitrich Bonhoeffer said “God gives us all we need for every situation, but He never gives it to us in advance, lest we rely on ourselves, and not on Him alone.

  2. barbara r says:

    God is so good. I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken. How encouraging to hear how He answered without your having to tell anyone else!

  3. Lisa says:

    this made me cry. 🙂 I love you!

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