Last time I shared with you my
vision for Africa, specifically Mali, and how God told me to go to Africa
with Todd Bentley, and visit Heidi Baker, and about the crusade in Malawi in
June, where the two will be working together, just after I finish school. I
told you that I needed $2300 within three weeks, and that I had sent the $200
ahead to Malawi (donation to Heidi Baker), sowing and believing for much
fruit. I have also lived according to the principle that God provides when He
Last weekend, I was talking to the
Lord about Malawi. Hardly two weeks were left until the payment deadline and
nothing had come in since my sowing what I had. I was asking the Lord whether
I really was to go, just to make sure, and He assured me I was to be on that
missions trip, since it was crucial for the fulfillment of His call on my
life. With that assurance I stood in faith, thanking God for providing the
necessary means. I was curious how He would do the "impossible".
On Sunday morning, our pastor
preached on abundance. I went forward to receive prayer, and the person
praying agreed with me for the $2300 to come in. She had so much faith
herself. As I turned around and walked away, a lady came up to me and asked
how my preparations were coming along. I told her what you just read in the
previous paragraph, and then she started talking about meeting the need. So I
finally asked her, how much they wanted to give, and she said
"all". As she said that, I just broke down, totally overwhelmed. It
took me a while to regain my composure. Wow! What an awesome God we serve! I
walked away totally humbled and overwhelmed by the goodness of God.
Well, unknown to me, while I was being prayed for for this need, that lady
was standing nearby, and as she looked over to me, she started praying for me
that the Lord would provide (she didn't know we were praying about the same
thing at the same time) as she knew about the missions trip. She even forgot
to do her job as she interceded. The Holy Spirit had already spoken to her
before about giving me the whole amount, and she had prayed that He would
speak to her husband too to confirm it. After she had interceded for a while,
she saw her husband standing nearby - also not doing what he usually has to
do. She walked over and mentioned giving the amount to me, when he responded
that he had been thinking about it for a while already.
Ten days ago I preached on God being
our friend, and us being His friend, and the week after that, He's revealed
Himself to me as friend three times in special ways. Sorry I haven't sent out
a written version of that sermon yet - it's coming.
Well, the story is not over yet. So, having received the awesome
news, I had to leave the church to go to a wedding. It had been raining all
morning. The road from the church has curves and then it goes downhill quite
a bit. As I took the last curve, I suddenly noticed my wheels slowly
continuing to turn, though I needed to go straight. There was nothing I could
do. I started spinning, crashed into the ditch and bank, continued spinning
and finally stopped in the middle of the road. My glasses had flown off, as
everything else in the car had flown around. Thankfully, people from church
were all leaving, so some stopped to help. The front of the car was razed
off, my side twisted and dented. The car wouldn't start any more.
Friends, I tell you, the outcome
could have been very bad on that steep hill. Yet, the Lord's hand of
protection was on me and I left the scene only with bruises and sore muscles
the next day. Thank you, Jesus! I guess the enemy is not happy I'm going to
Malawi. Praise God!
Yes, it means not having a car again
(it had only been repaired for 2 weeks), which is a great inconvenience in
America, yet will I praise Him for everything I do have!
Isn't God awesome? He did the
"impossible", making a way for me to go to Malawi, and protected me
from the backlash of the enemy. Yet, not only have I been blessed, but the
generous family sowing into me and that missions trip, will reap the same
reward as those going from all we are going to do there. When I sowed the
$200, I reaped more than 10 times in money, and lots more in heaven by the
people fed, the lives saved, and the sick healed as a result of that donation.
How the church needs a revelation of the principle of sowing and reaping!
I hope I've been able to encourage
you today by showing you God's wondrous ways in my life. We live in exciting
times - let us be His vessels to advance the kingdom in this earth.
May God's abundance pour over you!
Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance. (Ps 2:8)
Mag. Claudia R. Wintoch
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