From Our President
Dear Friend in the Harvest,
Your extravagant, sacrificial giving inspires me. You truly love our Lord Jesus and the native missionaries He has placed in the field. They lay down their lives for the gospel. Through your generosity, you do, too.
I want to share a story of sacrificial giving with you.
Mary Smith Taylor so longed to give that she continually cried out to the Lord: “How can I get more money to give?”
At age 76, the avid Prayerline reader and intercessor regularly prayed through the monthly prayer calendar. She prays every day for the daily need, then works through the entries from months prior.
A need from November kept coming to her. She couldn’t shake it and wrote to ask how much support had come in for the ministry. Christina Westerlund, our donor relations correspondent, replied with encouragement and a progress report for the need.
“I’m still praying,” Mary wrote again. “I cannot turn it loose.”
Mary prayed and fasted for the needs in Prayerline. Then she had a dream about Bibles in many languages. She awoke to the phrase: “Are there any more?”
“I awoke and the dream was still on my mind,” Mary wrote. “If God were asking if there were any more souls to be saved, I can only cry: many, many more. But the dream had to do with Bibles, so I can only say: no Lord, we are running out of Bibles because we don't have enough to give out. We need people to get under the burden of the cross.”
Mary only had a little, but that did not stop her.
“Only God can give me a breakthrough for giving,” she wrote. “I know God can and will use me. I'm not leaving this world in a lukewarm condition. I want to be on fire for God when I leave.”
She wanted only to be a vessel for God to use to bless others.
It began to happen.
She turned every hint of increase into a giving opportunity. Her response to the Lord’s blessings proclaimed His love for the lost. Her faith, indeed, proved fiery. For instance, when her hair stylist decided not to charge her for a haircut one day, she added the $20 to her monthly donation and, remembering her dream, made a note: for Bibles.
By March, she began making personal budget cuts so native missionaries could carry Bibles to the unreached and feed children who were fainting on the way to school because they had no food. She made up her mind. She could live without some things so others could live.
“I cut my outside lights off, which is $7 per month. I cut my internet off, which is $60 per month. I am going to cut my long-distance off. It is $17 a month. I can begin giving more.”
What could Mary sow? She didn’t know, but she asked God to show her.
Join me in crying out with Mary. Father, how can I give more?
May the Lord expand our capacity, desire and ability to give sacrificially and joyfully. May we each ask for a burden for the precious native missionaries in the field. They do so much with so little to carry the gospel to the unreached peoples living in hidden pockets all over the world. God sees them. And He sees the giving – and the longing to give – in the secret of each heart.
Sow what? May we respond as Mary has responded—with our whole heart. And when we feel we have nothing to give, may we ask: What shall we sow for Your Kingdom, Lord?
Until there is a witness for our Lord in every nation,
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