Have you ever set a goal and no matter how hard you tried nothing seemed to work out? A few months ago we set a summer goal to double our monthly pledge amount from 20% to 40%. I knew it was practically impossible for this to happen unless God did something amazing. I was looking forward to seeing Him do a miracle, actually. You see, I’ve never put myself out in such a vulnerable position before. This whole deputation process has been uncomfortably vulnerable for me. I like safe, defensible positions.
As the summer moved along my faith wavered. Doubt took the place of trust. As the end of August crept up on us we were only a little over 25%. I started thinking of ways I could explain this to you. Maybe I could just ignore it and you wouldn’t notice. Maybe I could make an excuse for why we only reached 27% instead of 40% by the end of the summer. “Lots of people were going on vacation and not in a position to give.” “Summertime is really slow.” Excuses, excuses. I even tested some of these out on a few of my friends. They seemed to work. My trust level was plummeting to the point where I was planning to make excuses for God. Yikes!
The fact is, I made an impossible goal. Have you ever done that? Have you ever made a goal that only God could do and then went public with it? Well, this whole deputation process has been one giant impossible goal. We need $6600 a month support to live and minister in Japan. $6600 a month! That’s $79,200 a year! Impossible. But that’s where God steps in, or so it seems. (Actually He was there all along guiding, directing in His sovereign grace.) God wants to build our faith. He wants us to trust Him more. In Mark 5, Jesus says, “Do not fear, only believe,” to a man who just found out his precious daughter has died. But Jesus was on His way with him to heal her! But Jesus was planning a greater miracle…
Trusting is hard for me. But if it were easy to trust God, He wouldn’t have to tell us to do it. Do not fear, only believe. The end of summer is drawing nearer and nearer like a ten foot tall behemoth of a man. God is teaching me to trust Him so that I can run toward the impossible with full confidence that He will do the impossible to make His name great. In a few sovereign and miraculous turns of events we now have 37% of our monthly pledge amount! God almost doubled our previous support amount in about a week. Only 3% away from our “impossible” goal! Nothing is impossible for our God. So do not fear, only believe.
If you want to partner with us for our impossible goal of reaching Japan with the Gospel:
Join our monthly support team. Paul might have been a tent-maker, but he had a support team of both individuals and churches. If you haven’t already, click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $20. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)
Second, introduce us to someone you know who may be interested in partnering with us as well. Talk to your friends, business owners looking for tax write-offs. Ask them to watch our video on our website.
We understand if you cannot give. Times are tough. Could you introduce us to some friends whom you believe could give? And continue to pray!
Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your love and care for us. We are excited and humbled to be working together with you to take the gospel to the many lost in Japan.
Nozomi and I believe that together with you, through His power, we can reach the millions of lost in Japan and see God transform the country from the 2nd largest unreached people group to a reached and reaching people group.
If you have any questions please email and communicate with us. We look forward to sharing more of our burden and vision with you.