Testifying to God's Faithfulness
On April 25th of this year, I went to a Support Raising Training at the Austin Stone and was given the charge to raise 100% of our support over the next 100 days. Not only did we meet our goal, but God provided in some incredible ways for our first year in Austin through the generosity of 75 different partners. It's amazing.
There's a great verse from Proverbs to help describe the reality of support raising:
"The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord." (Proverbs 21:31)
When King David led Israel to its height as a nation, their armies had to prepare for battle. In obedience to God's command and guidance, Israel worked hard, trained, and went into battle to defeat any who opposed them, but the victory always belonged to the Lord. He was always the one sovereignly in control to provide, sustain, and strengthen his people. There was nothing they were able to do apart from him.
In a similar vein, support raising has felt like a battle, and it has not been without effort. We didn't sit on the couch and pray for 3 months hoping money would fall into our laps, though there was plenty of sitting and praying. Meliss and I had never raised support before. We didn't have many categories for it, and the pursuit of our goal felt like coming face to face with this mountain rising above the clouds. Despite our schedules and the rigors of life in NYC, we did our best to "make ready our horse for the day of battle" - meetings, phone calls, emails, and support raising parties, all the while trusting in our sovereign Lord to provide.
Meliss and I are simply amazed at God's faithfulness in providing through stirring the hearts of many to give so generously. We're humbled, inspired, encouraged, and incredibly thankful for the continuing affirmation that Austin is where God wants us to be.
"I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever; with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations." (Psalm 89:1)
We want to testify to God's faithfulness, to make it known to as many as we can. Not just in the ways he's provided for us financially, but also in the greater truth of giving us his Son, Jesus. The ultimate victory that never belongs to us is the victory of salvation at the cross where Jesus bore the weight of our brokenness and now offers the free gift of his right standing before God. In Christ, we have all we need, and the fact that God has invited us into this next chapter with sufficient provision is a joy and a blessing. Thanks to all of you for being a part of it.