God-smacked with Awe

I don’t ever want to stop being amazed. Some people think that faith sets our expectations with such certainty that we should not be surprised when God does something incredible.  I’m not personally partial to that tack.  I like praying and following my heart as it looks through a darkened glass trying to sort out what’s God’s purpose and Wayne’s preferences.  And I enjoy being constantly amazed with wonder and visceral gratefulness every time he makes himself known through moments large and small.  This day has pushed me over the edge with such awe and thankfulness that I am completely undone!

I recorded a podcast this morning (for tomorrow) and during part of it I update people on what our friends in Kenya hoped to do for the people in West Pokot that have been dying because of drought and unsanitary conditions. We helped finance a team to take relief water and food to them last month for $62,000.   But they came back with a vision on their heart to build four classrooms and a dispensary (pharmacy) there to help those dear people.  The cost of doing so would be $41,000.00.  They also wanted to drill three wells, with solar-powered pumps to provide water for them at a cost of $93,000.   I thought the $62,000 was a big deal, I had no idea how God would find us $135,000 for these projects.  

Two days ago I returned a phone call to someone in Texas who had called while I was on the east coast.  He asked me what I needed for Kenya and I told him about the classrooms and dispensary for which I already had a budget.  He said he would send me the money for that.  He asked what else we needed and I told him about the wells they wanted to drill, but I did not yet have a plan of how to do that or the costs involved.  He said let me know when I did.  Today he called me to tell me he and his wife wanted to pay for all the wells and would be sending me $93,000.00  

Before I was even able to make that need known, God had already supplied for it!  As I type this I am exploding with gratefulness at God’s provision for the people in West Pokot. The amount was overwhelming and my heart hurt for those suffering.  This gift will change their lives forever, saving many from certain death and carving out a hopeful future for them.  This whole process has opened them to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus.  If you haven’t read about it, check out the blog here.  

Generosity is a conduit for the kingdom, whether it means being able to give $135,000 to provide education, needed drugs, or water to 120,000 forgotten people in the bush of Kenya, or simply buying a $5.00 meal for a homeless person and offering them your friendship or volunteering to watch a distressed mother’s children while she takes a break.  Freely you have received, freely give.  The size is never what matters, only a heart that will put someone else’s need above my own preferences.  

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  1. Liz May 9, 2014 at 2:41 am

    Truly awe inspiring Wayne, that’s really wonderful news.

     

  2. Liz May 9, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Truly awe inspiring Wayne. That’s wonderful news.

  3. Liz May 9, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Truly awe inspiring Wayne, that’s really wonderful news.

     

  4. Liz May 9, 2014 at 5:44 am

    Truly awe inspiring Wayne. That’s wonderful news.

  5. Harvey May 9, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Wow! Just Wow!!!!! I love It When God’s Awsome purposes become visible and are accomplished Through His spirits nudging us , instead of us shaming each other into doing What some principal says we should!!!! This is Just more proof of what a great shepherd Jesus is!!!!!! Love How This story Just keeps building !

  6. Harvey May 9, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Wow! Just Wow!!!!! I love It When God’s Awsome purposes become visible and are accomplished Through His spirits nudging us , instead of us shaming each other into doing What some principal says we should!!!! This is Just more proof of what a great shepherd Jesus is!!!!!! Love How This story Just keeps building !

  7. Peter May 10, 2014 at 1:34 am

    What a wonderful story!  I think that your last sentence sums it up pretty nicely – “put someone else’s need above my  own preference”.  I’m having surprisingly positive results after putting others first – on a much smaller scale than your story.  I’m not used to doing it, so it is not easy, but if i commit it to God and trust, then it appears to not leave me short afterwards. I suppose that it just stands out as being so different in this ego-centric world.   But if we actually believe our theology about God being our provider, then it becomes do-able, and God then actually seems to provide the circumstances where you can learn to live it out within your usual lifestyle.  LONG LIVE ROMANS 8:28!!

    Yout story also makes the point about sometimes drastic events having to befall us first, and only then do we become open to alternatives from our normal modus operandi.  It appears to have taken much hardship to discredit the false Gods of these West Pokot people, thus opening them up to The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  I believe we in the west are essentially the same, though our hardship may come in different form.  Thus the really crucial point of timing, namely that when the other person is in real need, we can be trusting of God just at this time of need, to be able to give right then.   God has been, is being so incredibly generous in repaying what i’ve spent (not always monetary), that it is highly faith-building.  Your CD’s Wayne, bring this point out nicely also.

  8. Peter May 10, 2014 at 4:34 am

    What a wonderful story!  I think that your last sentence sums it up pretty nicely – “put someone else’s need above my  own preference”.  I’m having surprisingly positive results after putting others first – on a much smaller scale than your story.  I’m not used to doing it, so it is not easy, but if i commit it to God and trust, then it appears to not leave me short afterwards. I suppose that it just stands out as being so different in this ego-centric world.   But if we actually believe our theology about God being our provider, then it becomes do-able, and God then actually seems to provide the circumstances where you can learn to live it out within your usual lifestyle.  LONG LIVE ROMANS 8:28!!

    Yout story also makes the point about sometimes drastic events having to befall us first, and only then do we become open to alternatives from our normal modus operandi.  It appears to have taken much hardship to discredit the false Gods of these West Pokot people, thus opening them up to The God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.  I believe we in the west are essentially the same, though our hardship may come in different form.  Thus the really crucial point of timing, namely that when the other person is in real need, we can be trusting of God just at this time of need, to be able to give right then.   God has been, is being so incredibly generous in repaying what i’ve spent (not always monetary), that it is highly faith-building.  Your CD’s Wayne, bring this point out nicely also.

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