Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Settle down and let me tell you a story about a girl, her God, and His miraculous way of showing His love for her.

About a year or so ago, a friend of mine felt her heart turning to Africa. She wanted to go there so she could write about it and, using the giftings that God has given her, make a difference. But to be honest, she just felt like it was a pipe dream. Money was tight and the bills kept coming.

A couple of months ago, my husband and I were discussing our upcoming trip. He had just been out west and had spent a couple of days with our friend and her family.

Now my husband has never been to Sub-Saharan Africa and unlike me, he doesn't make it a habit to go around telling people that they need to go there.

But out of the blue, he said that I needed to text our friend and tell her to go with us.

So I did.

And she texted back saying that though she would love to go, it would take a miracle.

I asked "What miracle?" to which she listed off several things including, first and fore most, the money needed.

After all, this trip is costing around $3,000 a person.

I responded that I understood.

And that was that...or so we thought.

God, on the other hand, had different plans.

Fast forward to two weeks ago. Our team was reaching the deadline for making and we had to have a minimum of six to go. We were still one short. I sat at my computer reading messages about our upcoming trip and thought "Lord, I wish we had more of our insurance money left over. If we did, maybe we could pay for someone to go with us. I just wish I was a millionaire so I could send everyone on missions trips that wanted to go." Our team was praying that God would add whoever needed to go and I was posting trip invitations here and on facebook in the hopes that someone would join in so the team could go.

Then God stepped in. The God who is beyond millionaire status.

On the Saturday morning that we started moving into our newly restored, post-fire house, our oldest son went out to the road to get the mail. He came back saying we had something from our insurance company. It was a check. A totally unexpected check to further reimburse us for the loss of possessions in the fire. We had already received an abundance of financial provision from our company. We had rebuilt our home and though we had not been able to replace everything we lost, we had enough money to cover all our needs and then some.

As soon as my husband showed it to me, I said "we could use this to pay for someone's trip to Swaziland!!!!".

Okay, I didn't say it, I exuberantly proclaimed it.

We hollered for the kids and circled them up to send prayers of thanks up to God. After the amen resounded, my husband looked at me and said, "I know what you want to do without you saying it---you want to pay for 'K' to go to Swaziland with us." And was that man ever right!

I immediately rushed into the RV, called her on my cell phone, and when she answered, I asked her if she believed in miracles. To make a long story short, she said yes...and so did her husband.

The desire God planted in K's heart was not a pipe dream but a God dream. He knew all along that our house would burn, that we'd be blessed immensely financially as a result, and that she would be traveling to Swaziland with us this September.

God is so, so amazing.

I am totally blessed to be the instrument God is using to get her over there. I can't wait to stand back and watch her fall passionately in love with the children of Swaziland.

To follow K's journey to Africa, visit her blog:


Coffee Bean said...

Crying... Again.

Lydia said...

AMAZING!!! God is mighty and continues to amaze me. To God be the glory!! I can't wait to be a "fly on the wall" during (or after..??) your trip as a blog reader of yours!

Lydia said...

I linked a post to your blog from mine…love this story! :)

Deborah said...

Just came over from C.B.'s....what am awesome story! God is so good!

Elysa said...

Coffee Bean---INVEST IN WATER PROOF MASCARA! You are going to need it. Trust me on this.

Lydia---Glad you loved it! This is one of the funnest things that has ever happened to me. :D

Deborah---Thanks for visiting. And yes, He is SO GOOD!!!!!

Tea with Tiffany said...

This makes me cry. God is so good.

I told Coffee Bean about 8 years ago I was afraid to surrender fully to God's call because i feared He would send me to Africa. I did surrender. And now the deepest dream of my heart is to go to Africa on missions...

God works in mysterious ways!

What a blessing to be a part of God's work in Africa. Go and be!

Elysa said...

Tiffany---I'll be looking forward to hearing about your dream becoming a reality!