Have you ever sat in church trying to take in the teaching while your empty stomach rumbled and growled? It’s really kinda hard to chew on God’s word with my whole middle grumbling, never mind how self-conscious I become as the noise level increases.
Maybe this happens at your house, or maybe it’s just me, but there are mornings when we’re headed out the door and it’s not till we pile all four boys in the car and are driving down the road that we discover one of them didn’t eat breakfast. Moms know that within an hour or so their child won’t be able to think straight due to that empty stomach.
When Bintu wrote mid-VBS that our team discovered some of the 165 children participating had not only missed breakfast but dinner the night before, she took action. It didn’t matter how many were hungry or that we still lacked the funds for scheduled programming, Bintu saw the need and responded.
I am constantly encouraged by the faith-in-action our team in Congo demonstrate. I am humbled by their faith. Most of the time I am more like the disciples who told Jesus to send the crowd away when 5000 were hungry, instead of speaking up to say there are a five loaves and fish.
Yet God comes through time after time. Jesus fed 5000 with one boys lunch. God provided the budget for Congo VBS. One of you had already given, heard our need, and you were moved to send ten times as much. One of you sent a note of encouragement with your check. One family reached deep to give sacrificially. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. And to God be the glory.
Why am I surprised when God moves hearts to give? When He calls for sacrificial giving and His people answer? Often my faith seems small. I tell people about FHA’s education projects, and then I am hesitant to ask for money. I am often slow to act, uncertain how to proceed even when God is revealing the way.
The Bible says, “My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26).
God is good. In my weakness He makes His own strength known. He comes through for me when I lean on Him. He came through for Congo VBS and wants to come through for you. As Bintu shares pictures (lots this year) and testifies to how He worked, let us all be encouraged.
It’s like the Lord said to Paul in the Bible, “…’My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. 10 So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (Bible book 2 Cornithians Chapter 12 verses 9-10 HCSB version).