My Story of Faith With One of My DMPs
Worry or Concern is a feeling I often experience in the midst of wondering whether my desire will be realized or not. I have learned in MKMMA that my feelings are the effect and thoughts are the cause…….. so….in order to change the feelings, I must change the thoughts.
Part of my DMP states, ” On or before January 17, 2015 I build a chapel in Nicaragua.” Just about the time the MKMMA course started, I made the decision to join a team of individuals who were headed to Central America for a week to help a small congregation. I learned that I would need $1200 to cover expenses. I told my wife that I was deciding to go. I knew that I could contribute some but that I would need to trust God and step out in faith and ask others to help as well.
It is a humbling experience yet my friend Rich, challenged me by asking, “If I was a millionaire, but was required to go ‘raise support’, would I do it?” To that I said yes.
Back about Thank Giving time, I’d raised about $350. By December 2nd I was to have $700. to cover the airline ticket. I did not and was worried. I called my pastor and asked him about it. He said not to worry but just make a decision. I decided that, even though I did not see the money, I had made a decision to go and that God may have already taken care of things but……….. we just did not know. I called Pastor back and let him know I was still going. He was pleased with the decision.
I came home from my vacation, made a “support letter” and sent it out to 25+ people I know. Some had already given but I wanted them to have the letter too.
On Tuesday Dec 23 I contacted the pastor and asked where my amounts were. He texted…….$585. An e-mail went out from him that day, letting the team know that the total amount needed for the trip had to be in by Jan 4th.
I’m concerned. If I don’t raise the money, will I need to contact the “givers” and return their money? Can I afford to pay off the non refundable ticket that I won’t be needing if I don’t go? QUESTIONS ARE THOUGHTS TOO!
———–I HAD FORGOTTEN MY DECISION——— I spoke with Rich again just before noon on Christmas Eve day. He encouraged me, and we prayed together. I told God that even though I felt worried, I would trust Him to take care of this.
About an hour later, I received a text that an anonymous giver had given $300 toward my trip. Cool! BUT…..$885 is not $1200! Oh me of little faith! BUT….Little is some faith and that is what I leaned on while looking to God. Jan 4th has not arrived……God still has time.
God is good. He didn’t make me wait much longer. A couple hours later I get another text from my pastor. About 3:45PM the same day. It is addressed to 4 numbers. It says, “Your trip is paid for $1200 completely covered”. Thank you Father!
I cried. I text Tina, my wife, in the next room. She came in, We cried tears of joy and wonder.
Ask and you shall receive.
I could have chosen to stop believing back when I didn’t make the deadline. I would have lost.
A reading in the Greatest Salesman states in Scroll III, “The Prizes of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning, and it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never I know how close it lies unless I turn the corner.”
I persist Until I succeed.
As a gift of love toward someone I am praying for but do not know, I am posting the following video. He is a brother to a friend I have in my network marketing business. Paul has just been diagnosed with liver and pancreatic cancer. He is 45. He has three children and a loving gracious wife. Please watch his video and follow his requests. As God has answered my prayer, may the requests of God’s children be answered in regards to Paul’s health and life.
Thank you and Merry Christmas!