Hi my name is Allison, and my eight year old son Jax and I are thrilled to be a part of the team headed to Amhara, Ethiopia next month.
When God placed this trip on my heart, raising funds to go was never a concern for me. I had no doubt that He would provide. He called Jax and me, and I knew He would pave the way. What I wasn’t prepared for was how He provided.
Jax and I sent out letters to our friends and family, and I posted a video of Jax describing our trip on Facebook. The funds slowly poured in, and it was exciting to watch the number increase each week. Our family prayed faithfully for the support, and each time we prayed I heard God telling me that it would all be raised in time.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from my mom (who is also going!) asking how much money Jax and I still needed for the trip. I looked up the number and saw that our balance was about $2700. She told me that a friend of ours felt God telling her to pay off not only Jax and my balance but my mom’s as well. Like I said, I was confident that God would provide, but He blew me away with how He provided. That’s how He works.
God provides in ways we don’t expect. We don’t need to try to figure it out or make it happen by our own means. He’s got it covered. He provided safety for Noah and his family in the form of an ark. He provided enough food to feed the large crowd by multiplying some fish and a few loaves of bread. He provided deliverance for the Jews through a simple woman named Esther who found favor with the king. He provided food for His people in the dessert by making manna rain from the sky. He provided safety and hiding for the spies Joshua sent into Jericho with help from the last person you would expect, a prostitute.
Those are just a few examples from the Bible of God’s provision.
He has promised to provide in abundance everything we need to do His work, and we know that we can trust His promises. 2 Corinthians 9:8 says, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;”
As my pastor said this weekend, “God’s sovereignty has no loopholes.”
Do you believe that? I sure do.