08 Dec A Note From Donna
Often, I am overwhelmed with fear. That seems to happen often as we pray and hope with anticipation for the needed funding to continue our work. I know it’s God who provides, at least I know that’s the correct response. But can I be human for a moment? For reasons we may never understand, God has chosen to use the generosity of humans to carry out His works on the earth. I wish most days that it wasn’t that way. Fortunately for Mission UpReach, Phil is tireless in asking and seeking. If it were up to me, we would be in starvation mode. Phil’s attitude is that when he asks someone to give to Mission UpReach, he’s giving them an opportunity to be blessed. I think he sees it that way because he sincerely sees service and giving as a blessing in his personal life. Back to my fear and concerns. This time of year, our resources that we were able to raise earlier in the year begin to run out. I look around at the lives that have been changed and are being changed and I almost feel panic about the possibilities of not raising what is needed to continue our programs. Just this week I was doing our annual planning with our DESEO team. The team is made up of young men and women, ages 18-25. These young individuals are the ones who teach hundreds of children about the love of Jesus. It is this program that has brought countless families to the Lord, but it’s bigger than that. Being employed by Mission UpReach allows them to pay their way through the University, something they would not be able to do otherwise. This helps to launch them into the world as professionals once their time with DESEO ends. Some of them find a role in the mission, and some find jobs in the community. So, our efforts here are multi-layered and the impact is challenging to measure. And did I mention that these young men and women develop leadership and teaching skills that benefit the local church? It truly is overwhelming to think of what God has done and is doing here in western Honduras. Thank you for allowing me to be vulnerable and honest. I suppose this is my personal way of inviting you to help us. Allow God to use you and join us in impacting the lives of so many. And please ask our Sovereign Lord to continue to provide what we need, even when our faith is weak.