Its easy to see the sad, bad and down-right horrible things that happen in our world and miss the obvious and beautiful ways that God is working in our lives. So, in the midst of the things that make the headlines, today I want to share a good story, a story of God working.
It takes a little background info, but its worth it! Christ Church has been working with Marion Methodist over the past few mission trips to teach and equip Marion Methodist to run their own successful missions to Haiti.
During the spring 2015 trip to Haiti, a Haitian pastor asked for help building his congregation a church. The team members from that trip were absolutely convicted that was something they needed to be involved in. It would take about $7,000 to cover the complete build of the trip.
As we were beginning the planning phases of our summer trip to Haiti, we learned quickly that our trip was going to be full without including any Marion people—now was the time to let them fly solo for their first trip.
Around the same time, our church council had to determine where to send the money we received as interest from our endowment to help children in poverty overseas. The council decided to send the money to RTS Missions (rtsmissions.org). This was the organization that we traveled with in spring 2015 and who Marion Methodist—as we would soon learn—would be traveling with in August 2015.
That money was enough to cover half of the building that the Haitian pastor had pleaded for us to build—about $3,500. We contacted RTS Missions and Marion Methodist to tell them about the check that would be sent.
A few weeks later, a random businessman had traveled to the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area and just did a quick “Google” to find a church. He browsed several websites and found Marion Methodist’s page. This businessman felt as if there was “something good going on” there. He attended their service and was so inspired by the things he heard that day, that once he got home to Florida he contacted Marion Methodist and sent them remaining money to build the church the Haitian pastor had compelled us to build.
But God doesn’t provide on a shoe-string, instead he provides generously. The team over-fundraised enough to be able to provide electricity and additional enhancements to the church they were to build. Three separate events (our check from our children in poverty overseas endowment, the businessman from Florida and the team’s fundraising) allowed God to work beyond our expectations.
In the midst of all the bad that fills our news broadcasts and the horrible stories we read in the papers, there is hope. God is working.