“For You are my rock and my fortress; therefore, for Your name’s sake,
lead me and guide me.” ~Psalm 31:3
Why AM I here? What is God’s plan for my life, will He tell me? Will He lead Me? How does God lead us? He leads us in every possible way. There is nothing He won’t use to get through to us. He has led me through so many incredible circumstances, I barely scratched the surface in last week’s post.
First and foremost, we must ask for God’s guidance, and then we must go where He leads, and do whatever He is prompting us to do. The second part, going where He leads us, can sometimes be the most challenging though. For example, leading us to sell everything we owned and move lock, stock, and barrel to a foreign country we had never even visited before. Nevertheless, we must obey if we are truly surrendered, and we must surrender if we are truly committed to following Him and honoring His will for our lives.
Now, as I said last week, God not only prompted us to move to Belize but He also moved us back home. And then, within a few years, moved me and my husband to Florida for yet another mission. We were led to be a part of an organization that cared for hundreds of homeless people. Our good friends contacted us and asked for our help with this most important need.
Not long after relocating to Florida we were prompted through a multitude of signs—this time to organize an outreach program that would not only feed the homeless here in Florida, but would extend all the way to Pakistan. God opened many doors and crossed our path with everyone we needed to make this all happen.
God leads in increments, we rarely, if ever, know the final outcome; all we do know is that we have to take a faith step in the direction that He is leading us, and He will do the rest.
This ministry in the Middle East all began with the need of a handicapped child. This heartbreaking situation was brought to my attention by my evangelist friend in Pakistan.
This little boy’s name is Uhmazz, and he was born with no legs. This child had spent his entire life sitting in the dirt wanting nothing more than to attend school—which wasn’t possible without a wheelchair.
The very minute I heard of this little boy, God touched my heart to do something! Through a strange combination of events . . . in less than three weeks’ time, this little boy on the other side of the world was sitting in his very own wheelchair.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will guide you with My eye.” ~Psalm 32:8
All I did was walk into the situation God led me to. I prayed and asked God to help me provide for this child, and He did just that. He guided me to put a post on social media about this boy’s needs, and as I was writing this post, a pop-up just appeared that asked me if I wanted to do a fundraiser for this need. All I had to do was fill out an application, and God did everything else—everything from the last dollar needed to the Christian evangelist in Pakistan who picked it up and delivered the wheelchair on a motorbike.
“Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you
for inviting those who could not repay you.” ~Luke 14:13-14 NLT
Feeding the widows and orphans~
“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and
to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” ~James 1:27
As we continued to grow our Pakistan Project it was brought to our attention the horror of homeless and starving children in this village. This is a need that is beyond anything we can comprehend here in the states. Nevertheless, God led us to reach out to the little ones through our outreach ministry. Not only did God put this need on our hearts—He led us to the people that could help us make it happen.
I diligently prayed for God to help in this most urgent matter, and He did just that. He led us to a guy that is a one-man army for God! God is using this young man in a mighty way— to not only distribute the food items that we send but to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.” ~Proverbs 22:9
Who could say no to a need such as this? How could I walk away from these children without first doing everything in my power to feed them? Through much solicitation on the internet, and many donations from people that God prompted to help, we were able to send, not one, but multiple care packages overseas.
Clothing the orphans~
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” ~1 John 3:17
Next came the needs of four little orphans. Both their parents were killed in a car accident, and there were no relatives to care for these little ones so an elderly woman in the village offered to take them in. She herself was living in a very old building that had only a partial roof over it.
These children had no shoes, no coats, and not even a blanket to cover them, and it gets cold there. It gets down into the thirties there in the winter. This was as dire as a situation gets, and that’s precisely why Jesus brought it to my attention—He knows my heart.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, depart in peace, be warmed and filled, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
When I saw this photo of these little ones with this elderly woman, my heart broke. I had to do everything in my power, and that included praying with all my might as well as asking everyone I knew to pray for a way to meet this need for these little ones. I even asked for prayer from the prayer chain at my church and joined a number of prayer groups online as well. This is the faith part!
Then I created go fund me pages and also asked for donations at my local church. I did all I could think of and left the outcome up to God. This is the works part.
God never fails. If He leads us to a mission, no matter how crazy impossible it might appear, He always makes a way. Within a few days, I had enough funds to send not only clothes and jackets, but shoes and blankets and food as well. There were additional funds that were held by our friend to continue caring for them, as it takes so very little to purchase a 50# bag of rice or beans.
“Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy.” ~Psalm 82:3
To see these babies go from freezing cold, bare, little feet . . . to warm little tennis shoes makes all the work of this ministry worth any effort and expense it might take to make this happen.
All the glory goes to God because He is truly the one that pulls it all together in the end. He is the one that crossed my path with Arslan, He is the one that led me to the solutions, and He is the one that made it all happen against all odds!
There is so much travesty throughout the world that is just ignored. We have not only the means to help but the power, through God’s Spirit guiding and helping in every single way, to get us to the end of every mission He puts us on!
There is a Bible story about this very thing. It's called the story of the good Samaritan. This is a story of how people just look the other way when they see a travesty. It explains how so few will stop for a stranger— to do not only the right thing but what you would want if you were ever in that same horrible situation. When Jesus tells us to love our neighbor, He’s talking about much more than the guy that lives next door. He’s talking about all of mankind! Are we truly reaching out to help our neighbors and show them mercy, or are we so consumed with our own selfish desires that we don’t even give it a thought?
“So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves? And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.
Then Jesus said to him, Go and do likewise.”
Freeing the slaves~
“Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free,
and that you break every yoke?”
Lastly is our most recent mission—a mission to free a widow and her three children from the bonds of slavery. They are trapped in the bondage of servitude to the owner of a brick factory in Faisalabad.
This situation occurred because her husband had an accident while he was working at this brickyard and was unable to earn a living.
He had taken a loan from the brickyard owner to feed their children when he got injured. He eventually died from his injuries and the debt was then passed on to his wife. What started out as a few hundred dollar loan, turned into a nearly two thousand dollar compounding debt. Between charging an exorbitant interest rate, and then compounding interest on top of interest, they are now in a never-ending debt of servitude situation.
This little family lives in a small cloth hut in the back of the brickyard along with other enslaved people and exist on a diet of rice and water. The widow cares for the baby and makes rice to feed the boys, and the two little boys work all day to make seventy bricks to earn $2.95 per day. At this rate, it will take nearly two years to buy their freedom, if they used all of it to pay the debt, and the interest didn’t continue to compound or the fog didn’t deter them from working. This is an impossible vicious cycle with absolutely no way out.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor;
defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
No child should have to live like this!
We think of slavery as a bygone practice, something from the dark ages of antiquity. But it is still alive and enforced right here in this modern-day and age. No one ever hears about this horrific travesty because it’s happening so far away, in a far away lawless land of poverty and backward thinking.
God put on our hearts in no uncertain terms to pay this debt in full and buy back the freedom of this widow and her children. We are not wealthy people, not by any means. But . . . nevertheless, we chose to use any extra that God blesses us with to do His work—to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, and to free the slaves.
“Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.”
God has brought all of these situations to us, we have chosen to walk into them, to be obedient, and to trust in His mighty hand of provision and grace.
Make no mistake, God is the one who does these things. He is the One that is facilitating all of these miraculous rescue missions. He is the One who has led us to every single mission we’ve been on—everything from renovating a church in Belize to feeding the homeless stateside—from feeding and clothing orphans in the middle east to freeing an enslaved family. He, the Lord God, is the One who is orchestrating all of it. We are simply willing to say ask me, lead me, pick me and I will go and do it. No matter whatever it might be, He can, and will use any willing soul to execute His will for all who cry out to Him.
“Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”
This is God’s will for us all, to reach out and help others. Pray for His guidance and then follow where He leads you, even when you don’t have the first clue how to do what He’s leading you to do. I am totally unable to do most of the things He prompts me to do, but I close my eyes, hold my breath and do it anyway.
I am now being led to continue with our Pakistan Project in the support of our evangelist in Faisalabad. He continues preaching the gospel in the streets and is turning as many will listen to the Lord. People are being baptized at an amazing rate, and he will continue as long as he has the breath to speak.
This evangelist man that was so instrumental in these miracles preaches every week in the streets. He shares the word of God to the local people about the wondrous miracle of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our next mission and future goal is to one day build a church in this same small village. To have a small building in this town where all the people that God has allowed us to help, and all who witnessed these miracles, can continue to worship the living God.
“And then he told them, go into all the world and preach
the Good News to everyone.”
~Mark 16:16 NLT
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
I honestly have no idea how we’re going to accomplish this most insurmountable project, but I know who does. God would never lead us to do something and then not give us everything we will need to see it through to the very end.
God has given me so many opportunities to serve and allow Him to fill my heart with a desire to do His glory work. When I step back and see the results of the miracle He has worked in me, I am in awe!
“But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." ~1 John 3:17-22
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