Sunday, December 27, 2009

So, they pay you right?

Christmas 2008 091 Welcome back to More Information Mondays!  Sorry, I've taken a few weeks off with all the craziness of coming back to Mozambique and jumping right into Christmas festivities and lots of little boys.

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.

A question I get asked a lot is about finances, both for me and the boys.  People want to know where I get money to live on and how I have money to do things for the boys as well.  February 2009 038

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!

June 2009 081 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.June 2009 011

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

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5 comments:

Meghann said...

How true this rings for each one of us who live here! We could never thank our supporters enough for making our lives here possible!

Jenni Renee said...

What you do is amazing! I have always wanted to get out there and make a difference but right now Im called to work in the area of Childhood cancer awareness as I fight my own battle. You are really using your gifts to extent and although I cant finacially provide anything for you... I make puppets and would love to maybe make some to send to you and the kids? Let me know. :) God Bless!

Jenni Renee said...

I actually make a few different types, I am good with making marinettes which are kinda small and simple and easy to make a bunch and i have recently started making hand puppets which really arent that hard either and arent that big but i have only mastered making butterflies and frogs. lol. I would be happy to make a bunch of either and or both. If you want you can email me or just look me up on facebook. I can put the facebook link on my blog to help. Anything to bring a smile!
God Bless!

Laura said...

Meghann, thanks for reading my blog you cute girl! I love working with you!

Jenni Renee, I think a couple marionettes might be something new and neat. I would start with more than a couple so we can see how it goes but it could be fun! if you're up for it, I would love it! Might be able to use those in the baby house and other areas in our center. Thanks so much for your heart to bless them!

Happy New Year!

Jenni Renee said...

Sounds great. I will get working on that since im off on medical leave for the next few weeks still. :)