I asked permission the other day to mention in church that we are in need of money for our upcoming Kenya trip, and received permission to do so. When it came time to say something, however, I could not do it! There were other needs mentioned before our need, and I decided against saying anything. Instead I put the need in God's hands and decided to trust Him. That doesn't mean I won't ever tell anyone and it doesn't mean that I should not be telling you right now. At the time, however, I knew it was the right thing to do.
These are the dark days of faith as I believe the Lord for the money we need to bless the people in Kenya. The days aren't dark because of oppression or opposition; they are dark because nothing much is happening. Faith requires me to act like the money is already here when my senses are asking, "Where is it?" Faith requires that I thank the Lord for the money rather than begging and hinting for it. Faith requires that I talk about the money with the people in Kenya as though I already have it, which in a sense I do, but I don't know from whence or when it is coming.
It's similar to a pilot landing by instruments when he or she can't see; they are trusting their instruments to be correct even though they are in a cloud or fog. I am flying by faith instruments right now, concluding what I am sensing is correct (the money is on its way) even though I can't see it.
We have a long way to go before March 15, and I intend to live every day in the joy of what God is doing and already done. If you can help the widows and orphans, please do so at your earliest convenience. You can give through my website or by sending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. I thank you and needy in Kenya thank you as well.