So to pick up where we left off, I'm answering some Frequently Asked Questions that I'll be able to save in the margin of this blog so first time visitors will know who and what they are reading about.
Well the simple answer to both of those questions is this same - God provides! And he provides thru people!
When I first made plans to come to Mozambique in 2003, many people made one time donations that helped with start-up expenses. At the same time, many people committed to supporting me monthly, each with a different amount, whatever they felt led to give. In the following years, some of those people have had to stop giving regularly but God has always put it on someone else's heart to start!
And even now, I get occasional gifts from unexpected sources, sometimes even people I have never met before! They send financial support or practical donations for the boys - it blows me away how generous and kind people can be. And how faithful God is to provide every good things we need to serve him and others.
So no, "they" don't pay me to be here, whoever "they" are - the kids?? The ministry I work with is completely faith-based, meaning all of it's support also comes from trusting God to provide thru individuals and churches. So, they don't have extra money to pay us missionaries, all the money they receive goes into helping the people here in Mozambique.
I am supported by the generous and sacrificial giving of family, friends and my church and I am so grateful for that support. I am so grateful to God for how He always provides just what I need. I am grateful I am able to help meet physical needs in my boys and my community thru the generous giving of others.
I tell people who support my work that they are an integral part of it - they are part of this ministry! Without them, I wouldn't be here caring for my boys as I'm able to do. It's not just a saying, it's the absolute truth.
So thank you to all of you who have supported me personally. And even to those of you who give to other missionaries or your favorite ministries or causes - you are changing lives with your sacrificial giving!
"He who is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord and He will reward him for what he has done!" Proverbs 19:17