Now for the fun part!!! We want everyone to know how exceptionally, exceedingly, abundantly, awe-inspiring our God is! The Pastor challenged the church to raise the funds to cover the cost of our tickets. Putting it into perspective, we are expecting the tickets, taxes, baggage fees, etc, to push the cost over $4,000. Some of the funds had already started trickling in, we had about $1,000 before Sunday, Nov. 14th. But Oh the expanse of the wisdom and love of our God! The congregation gave more than enough to cover the cost of our travel! How can we do anything but praise the Lord!
Amy and I agree that the coolest part was seeing how MANY people decided to be a part of this ministry by giving. We actually don’t know how many people because of all the different ways that the funds came in, but it is probably around 300 or 400 people. It really encouraged us to see that many people catching the vision of reaching people in Tanzania, wanting to be a part, and responding to God’s leading. Another wonderful blessing we received was being able to read the sweet notes of encouragement and support written on numerous envelopes. We were touched very deeply when we opened two envelopes that simply held pocket change. Probably a young child who saw a need and wanted to give what they could. I pray that someday our children will be that responsive to the needs of others. And we pray for the Lord to bless all those that gave in order to get us to Tanzania.
So, what’s next on the agenda??? We get to pick up the phone and purchase our AIRLINE TICKETS!!! WOOHOO!!!