As my daughter gets prepared this week to leave for Dallas on Saturday and then to Venezuela for 30 days, it has been encouraging to see God provide. We have appreciated the encouragement and financial gifts as Hannah takes this huge step of faith. At the same time, some comments have caused us to question, “Are we crazy?”
“She’s Only 14!”
My response: Look at the Scriptures–see how many young adults/teenagers God used to accomplish his purpose. He used a young adult/teenager to carry His Son! WoW! Think about that one!
Why is it we wait to encourage our kids to take risks for God? A lot of times, it’s too late–they’ve either lost interest, have found idols to replace God, or have all together left God. Why not start allowing our kids to take BIG risks for God?
As a youth pastor, my saying has always been, “The same Holy Spirit that lives in me as a 38 year old believer lives inside of a 14 year old believer.” Usually as we get older we stop taking risks for God.
“Aren’t you afraid that something might happen to her?”
Yes, but……I can’t live in fear. I have to live by faith! Faith in the One who saved me and saved my daughter. Worry cannot add a single moment to my life according to the Scriptures. She has just as great of a chance for something to happen to her here in the States as she does in Venezuela.
If you really think about it, staying could cause more harm. Think about it this way….the organization she is going with is an incredible organization who I trust my daughter with. I love the fact that they share Jesus, but what is awesome is that is not all they do. Discipleship is a HUGE part of what they do. Their day is filled with sharing the Gospel, fellowship, discipleship, worship, and prayer–that sounds like the church in Acts 2. So….for 30 straight days, she is going to experience Jesus 24/7.
She cannot lose….Our family cannot lose! It’s a win-win!
If she stayed, yes she would be discipled because we are a Deuteronomy 6 home and she would go to church, but there would be moments where the world could become her idol through ipod, wii and other things. For some reason, we feel like our kids are missing out if they aren’t entertained 24/7.
Will she experience difficult times on the field? YES! But what greater place to be to learn how to walk through it than by experiencing HIM 24/7?
For so many years, I have admired the parents who have sent their kids on these ridiculous “trips” that cost thousands of dollars because they have realized that their kids are a gift on loan from God. I now am putting all of this in action myself. I can either hide the talent(my daughter) or we can encourage her to multiply the kindgom and when Jesus returns, we will hear, “Well done!” (CHECK OUT THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS IN MATTHEW 25:14-30)
God has entrusted to me and my wife our kids while he is gone(v. 14). He gave us five talents: Hannah, Noah, Grace, Elijah, and Judah. We can invest in them or we can bury them, but there will come a time when Jesus will return and we as parents will be called to account of how we used our talent(v. 19)
Now, I know these scriptures, are talking about money, but I can’t escape the thought of this principle of my kids are talents and he has loaned them to me!
Plus, I want my kids to know Jesus + Nothing = Everything. They need to see that He is our soul provider and comforter.
How are you going to afford it?
I can’t afford it. We got in the game late–we had a month to prepare and raise $4000. Here’s the thing–it’s not about the cost, it’s about the calling! Let me explain.
About a month and a half ago, my daughter and I were on a road trip and I asked her what she was going to do with her summer. If my daughter could, she would hang in her room all day and read…now, that’s not a bad thing, but as a dad I believe God has great things for Hannah to do. Not much was said.
The next day, Hannah says, “I feel called to go to Venezuela”. WHAT???? That’s not exactly what I had planned, but I knew Hannah really prayed about what was next. A few spots opened up on the Awestar Venezuela team and Hannah was one of the answers.
I am the dreamer and I was like, “Let’s go for it!” My wife is the realist and she was like, “We can’t afford it!” We in all honesty, reluctantly moved forward. Can I tell you something–God provided! Today is the deadline for all of her money to be in and guess what–the final money came in LAST NIGHT! Through generous giving from family and friends along with her purse website: http://www.hannahmadepurses.com, all of her funds came in!
Where God leads–HE PROVIDES!
I guess in a sense I am crazy.
I am crazy enough to believe that when God says something, believe in faith that He will come through in His Timing and in His way!
I am crazy enough to believe that my God who knows the number of hairs on my head is going to take care of my daughter.
I am crazy enough to say I am not ashamed of the power of the Gospel of Jesus. It is power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-Jews and Gentiles alike.
I am crazy enough to believe my God is my
- Alpha and Omega
- Emmanuel(God with us)
- Great I AM
- Prince of Peace
- AND MORE!
Please follow my daughter’s mission trip at http://www.awestar.org and check out trip updates starting next week!