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Signposts

When Angie Battle, a sweet  friend from college days, told me what God had done in her life recently – I knew we had to share it with you. I PROMISE you will be encouraged.

“No, the LORD’s delight is in those who fear him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11

Boy, oh boy, what our Father’s doing!  My husband Michael and I have been friends with a pastor named Kurt Erickson in London, UK for over twelve years. He and his church minister the love of Jesus faithfully to the homeless and hurting on the streets and in the hospitals of London.  Michael had gone there a couple of times on his own to minister, while I had been once with him and once on my own. While we have been there a few times, we had never felt compelled to go there for any long term mission work…until the summer of 2009.  It was then that God put a strong desire in us to return there for full-time ministry over an extended period of time.  Just so you know, that in itself was supernatural.

When God pointed His finger in the direction we should go, we immediately went into “How do we get there?” mode.  Our plan went something like this:  Sell our house to eliminate all our debt and have some money to use when we get there.  Have a garage sale and sell everything besides clothes we still wear.  Move into a small apartment and live extra-frugally until we leave.  Get our long-term visas in order to be able to stay there for more than six months.  Send out support letters to all our friends and family asking them to help us out.  Call pastor friends who would let us come and present what we’re doing in hopes that someone at any of those churches would “partner” with us. Then go.

Good plan.  Just not God’s plan.

For what seemed the longest time, we were stuck in a holding pattern.  To us, it seemed like nothing was happening.  But as with planes in the air above the airport, things were being cleared away and taken care of (still are) on the ground in preparation for our landing.  Most of this is being done in our hearts as well as in the hearts of others.  Let me explain.  One of the parts of our plan that God dealt strongly with us earlier this year was our idea of how to garner support for this next chapter.  To keep from making this story incredibly longer, He simply revealed to us that we are not to ask for support.  No writing support letters.  No trying to book speaking engagements at churches in hopes of garnering a few folks’ attention and finances.  Not that those things are bad.  They just aren’t what God wants for us.  Instead, He deeply impressed upon us the importance of completely relying on Him to do the work.  He will make sure the support is a product of His leading, rather than any persuasive words we could put together.  At first, we were thrilled at the notion of “just going by faith”.  It was very much like waiting in line for a quadruple loopty-loop roller coast.  However, the longer we waited, the more we wondered, “How’s this gonna work?”  We started questioning the logistics of how everything was going to come together.  We were feeling a big load of discouragement pouring on us slowly like sand in a huge hourglass.  Remember, we were in a holding pattern while God was clearing some things on the ground.

In June, I was hanging out in a local coffee place soaking in a newly purchased Charles Spurgeon book. A lady I had met a few times through another friend and her cousin saw me and invited me to have lunch with them. They asked me how life was and, of course, I shared with them all about London. The cousin, I discovered, went to my church.  She asked me what all was involved with getting there. I answered truthfully and told her we’ve got to get out of debt which had been substantially increased due to two surgeries in my family the month of April (mine – knee…crazy hiking incident & my son’s – hernia repair). I also shared that God had made it clear that we’re not to ask anyone for anything for this next chapter. No support letters, no asking for partners from pulpits. Nada. They were both kind and listened as I shared my passion for what God has for us in London.

That conversation in June had long been forgotten until one Tuesday night a few weeks ago I got a phone call from the cousin. She asked me how much we owed in medical bills. I told her the exorbitant amount. She said that had been putting money aside for quite a while because God was leading her to help pay medical bills for people.  She let me know she would go to God and ask how much He wanted her to give us. I emphasized to her that just her calling was significant and a beautiful reminder that He heard our prayers and petitions. That next Sunday morning she came to me with a check for the exact amount I told her! She’s not a wealthy woman, but wanted to be obedient to what she felt that God was calling her to do. Wow! And better still, she told me how easy it was for her to write the check. If that’s not God, I don’t know what is.

I’m not sure how to close this story.  The truth is God is far from finished.  We are confident we will experience more expressions of His faithfulness.  We know the finances are a part of it, but the most significant part of it is watching how He causes all things to work for our good and for His glory.  Not a formula.  It’s simply placing our hand in His and yielding to His leading in this exquisite journey known as living for Him.  We are just so grateful for these signposts along the way.

About Jennifer O. White

I’m a simple wife who has discovered God’s amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you’ve ever imaged.

5 Replies

  1. Thanks for sharing your story in how God comes up with the most incredible solutions!

    Glory to HIM

  2. Angie Battle

    HE is indeed amazing…Vastly smarter, wiser, kinder than anyone ever! 🙂

  3. The Battle family will not settle for a C because they know God has an A+ waiting for them. Thanks Angie for sharing the truth and good testimony of complete faith for a complete mission. More to come…Habakkuk 2:1-3

  4. Paulette

    Okay….so I am crying now! Happy, thankful crying! I love how God is so into every detail of our lives and makes provisions for what He calls us to do! He who called you is faithful to complete it! Philipians 1:6

    In His hands,
    Paulette Salmon

  5. Angie Battle

    Kevin, yes, we’re not looking at this like a “pass/fail” class that we can just squeak by. Our aim is to draw ever nearer to our Jesus, walk in the truth He’s given us by His Word and Spirit, and make our Father smile with delight. Thanks for what you’ve shared on your own blog that helps to encourage and provoke me to do just that.

    Paulette, I am so pleased to call you my sister in more ways than one. Your tender heart blesses me more than you know. Oh yeah, remind me to share with you the incredible boost to my faith that the Lord shared with me in your own living room (while everyone else was sleeping).