Yesterday we hit the long awaited milestone of 80% raised in monthly partnership pledges. That’s just 80% in the officially recorded pledges (received by AGWM). The better news is that we are at 93.6% in total pledges (recorded and verbal)! All of the remaining verbal pledges are working to get their paper work in. We should soon see that 93% become the new official level. Thank you to all of our partners (monthly, one-time, and prayer partners) who are on this journey with us.
And now for the even better news! Reaching 93% means Team Stewart only needs $346 in monthly pledges before we hit 100%. 3-4-6 dollars!
If you haven’t joined the team, today is a day to do it. By joining the team with a monthly pledge, you’ll be directly involved with what God is doing in East Africa. God is at work. Join the team today as a monthly partner, one-time gift partner, or a prayer partner (click the links to find out how).
God has made the impossible, possible!
In August of 2018, Autumn and I received the final budget and our hearts sank when we read the total monthly budget required – $5,403. We both thought that was an impossible number to reach. How could two parents, with one income and busy schedules possibly fundraise over $5,000? And don’t forget the additional $37,000 needed for the one-time cash fund. I thought it was impossible.
God taught me it is possible.
It remember the day, last September, when it all changed. I was reading my bible and found the story of Elisha and the king’s messenger in 2 Kings 6-7. The capital city of Israel, Samaria, was besieged. Things were bad. The king’s army was powerless. The people inside the city wall were starving. They were so desperate for food, some even took to cannibalism. Life was terrible inside the city. Instead of blaming the enemy for the current tragedy (or even blaming himself), the king blamed Elisha the prophet and he went as far as to blame God (v 6:33). The king sent a messenger to sneak out of the city and find Elisha and murder him. Elisha was miles away at his home. When the messenger arrived, Elisha quickly got to the point and told the misguided messenger that God would rescue Israel. In essence Elisha said, “You want to be rescued? All you have to do is ask. God will rescue you by tomorrow evening.”
The messenger then made the biggest mistake of his life; he doubted God’s faithfulness and kindness. The messenger boldly declared, “That couldn’t happen even if the Lord opened the windows of heaven!” (v 7:2). God wanted the messenger to see that “with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26), but the messenger could only think “with God no things are possible”. Elisha told him that God will deliver his promise, but that he (the messenger) wouldn’t receive any of it. The next day, as promised, God routed the entire enemy army and delivered a huge flow of food and necessities into the starved city, but the messenger died before he could partake in the provision.
After I read that story, I knew I was viewing my situation like the messenger. In my heart my lack of faith was propelling me to declare “some things” are impossible with God. God reminded me of the truth. I went to Autumn and told her that I didn’t want to be the messenger. I didn’t want to miss out on the amazing, awe inspiring provision of God. We prayed that night and asked God to open the doors of heaven. Within three months, by the end of November 2018, God raised the $37,000 for the cash budget. By January 2019, we were at 50% of our monthly budget goal. Four months later, we are at 96%. We are in awe of God’s provision.
In God’s way and in God’s time, he’s inspired numerous people to give their hard earned money and valuable time to partner with us. Because the financial milestones are being met, we are on track to be in Africa by mid-August.
Don’t be like the king’s messenger. When he saw difficulty, he thought impossible. Be like Elisha who saw possibility even in the worst of circumstances.
Your perspective of possibility is directly tied to your perspective of faith. The Stewarts are daily learning that as our faith rises, our joy increases, which gives us more desire to go after Jesus.