Two things happened yesterday that made me do some wondering. One of the people that I am associated with does a ministry at home and abroad. His father and mother live like George Muller and Hudson Taylor did after becoming a more experience Missionary/Christian....they lived by faith and prayer to God only for their needs and requests.....and God never let them down. But I received an email newsletter and it had the normal missionary professional begging appeal that just turns me off.
Every time I see one of the professional missionary begging letters or hear them in person going after money...........I think to myself.........where is the George Mullers, Hudson Taylors, Army Carmichaels??? who lived by secret prayer only to God about all their needs and the entire people in their care needs? What happen to God's meaning what He wrote in the Bible and His promise of answering our prayers for all that we need for His glory? Did that scripture fade from print or get fullfilled and is done away? Has all missionaries turn out like St. Francis and his followers thinking that Jesus went around begging for food??? There is not One scripture that states Jesus and His disciples went around begging.........but there are scriptures how God gathered people around them to take care of their needs.
George Muller decided to raise over 10,000 orphans in England in the 1800's and he did so...EVERYTHING...the huge building, staff, medical needs, food....everything by prayer and wrote it down afterwards for all to write and believe in a living trustworthy God! The world needed to see active faith in a living trustworth interactive God and George Muller stood intentionally to show us how to live.
Last night....I decovered that my name is on the Audio section of www.GeorgeMuller.com website! They link all the readings I recorded off all of George Muller's books with my name attached to it!!! What an honor to see and be involved with such a man of Faith!!
Then to finish my night.....I was giving the money for the entire amount that my books cost me for next seminary!!! God again took care of all my needs for seminary by supplying all that I need! He flew me down to seminary and back with no cost to me. Opened the door so I do not have to wait the 3 years between MDiv and starting my Doctorate of Ministry!!!!
God can be trusted to answer prayer and take care of ALL our needs with just trusting Him to hear our prayers, wait on Him to answer all our daily prayers and repeat requests sometimes...His timing is perfect.
Otherwise.......we start to belong to those that are warping how Jesus stood on a daily bases and so did Paul. Paul never once raised funds to become and stay a missionary. He once raised funds to take to the church in Jerusalem to help them out when they needed it and they had no idea it was being done for them. But Paul is Not heroed as the great First Modern Missionary.....because if they did this then the people in the churches might see a Huge difference in practice from him relying on God's direction, supplies.......versus the professional beggers that hit us up all the time for money.
I still believe that God can be trusted to take care of ALL our needs. This ministry has continued and been taken care of through Only One $100.00 donation years ago and God giving me work and money to support myself and this ministry for over 6 years now.
God has taken care of all my needs for seminary with a computer, money, travel, a ministry's library of great books when he was promoted to Heaven, other great gifts of books from the 1600's to present date. He has come through every time!!
A moment with God is better than all the contacts from professional beggers within the Church.