I recently started a new bible study- Navigating a Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer.
As I started the first few days of home work I read these verses:
The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.
Have you ever had the Lord ask you to do something but you decided not to? I have. I looked at these verses and I knew I needed to get a refund on my own personal ticket to Tarshish. I needed to do as I had been called but had put off. Since coming home from my trip with Children's Hope Chest in December 2009, I have worked to find sponsors for the children in Kombolcha. We have had events, raised money for kitchen equipment, etc. We did many things but this summer I knew we were to do more. What exactly, I was not sure but I knew I had to step out in faith. One day God specifically called me to do something but I did not do it. Why? Every time I started well meaning Christians, fear, satan and a host of interuptions caused me to pull back. When I read those verses I KNEW I needed to "Get up and go". So I did. I love getting a second chance to make a difference.
The first step was the yard sale at church to benefit orphans at Grace Baptist Church in Ethiopia. We had 5 or so items priced between $10-20- everything else was $1 or less. Seriously, how were we to make money with the majority of our yard sale items priced at 50 cents? I truly believe when we are obedient to God's call anything can happen. We held the yard sale and now we are writing a $1,000 check to Children's HopeChest to feed orphans! What a blessing!
In a few days we will be posting another way to make a difference in an orphan's life! We cannot wait to share it with you!! Check back in a few days to see what we are up too.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child in Kombolcha, Ethiopia please contact me at