It was her wedding ring… until she gave it away…

How God used a wedding ring to get us back to Chad

God is doing some amazing things through Desert Springs Ministries!  Yet, we want to be honest with you.  wedding ringIt’s not about us… that is, our family.   In reality, it’s about you.  God uses wonderful people like you to bring His Word to the Nations through MicroBibles and Scripture translation.

One of the greatest illustrations of this reality is the story of how He used a wedding ring to get us back to Chad.

In a time of struggle

It was 2009.  We were having a difficult time raising our support to return to Chad.

Since joining AGWM, our support budget had more than doubled.  My fellow workers were finding it easy, but we just couldn’t promote ourselves like they could. Also, there were so many of us trying to get to the foreign field that year.  And almost every pastor I called or visited was already supporting as many of God’s overseas laborers as they possibly could.

One afternoon, while I was out shopping for groceries, I got “THE phone call”.  It was the support raising supervisor at Headquarters.  He told me that, if something didn’t change in our budget soon, we couldn’t return to Chad.

Around the time of that call, I was scheduled to speak at a missions breakfast at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Fall River, Massachusetts.  We were all given five minutes to speak.  When it was my turn, I poured out my heart about our struggle to get back to Chad to continue the work we had started in 1992.

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Safer Than A Roller Coaster!

God takes care of those who "risk" obeying Him

I hate roller coasters. I can’t handle the feeling of losing control of where I am going.  It is difficult to rush forward without knowing what’s going to happen next.  However, they say that roller coasters are actually safer than children’s wagons or even folding lawn chairs. And I must admit: on the few times my girls ever talked me into riding a roller coaster with them, there came a point before the ride was over that I actually relaxed and gave up worrying about what was coming next.

Last month, because the brakes of my 1998 Toyota Corolla were squeaking, I left it at Quality Tire in Brewer, Maine to get them fixed.  Around noon, they called me back.  “Your car needs new struts and brakes, and it’s going to cost you $1,600.”

Inwardly, I gulped.  “That’s a lot!,” I thought.  Then I asked my mechanic it would be okay to think it over.  I thought about it, then called Sharon.  We both agreed that we needed to get a new vehicle so that I could preach in the churches each month.  But on our missionary salary, what could we get?

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From life at home to life overseas: your adventure awaits

Male hands crossed for prayer in dark place

This post was written while we were in Chad.

You are a Christian with a vibrant relationship with Christ. You spend regular time studying His Word and with His people in an awesome church.  At the same time, you feel like God is calling you to live “somewhere else”. You’d love to serve Christ overseas… but the idea raising support scares you to death.

However, the traditional way to get overseas isn’t the only way to fulfill the Great Commission. Thanks to the internet, there are many new ways to find or create a job and earn your living. You can go anywhere Christ leads you, using the skills you have acquired, or gaining new ones while overseas.

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I kept asking for rain (a story of answered prayer)

From my diary: May 10, 2012

Ask rain from Jehovah in the time of the latter rain. 

Jehovah shall make lightnings. 

And He gives them showers of rain,

grass to each man in the field.

– Zechariah 10:1 (LITV)


Prayer works!

God answers prayer!When God doesn’t answer our prayer immediately, how quickly we give up!  If we know that what we ask for is within His will, He expects us to keep asking until we get an answer.

And we shouldn’t just settle for a partial answer to prayer.  We must keep on asking until the answer has fully come your way.

One Sunday in May of 2012, I asked my friends to pray for rain, and started praying for it myself. The daily heat of the hot season had been with us for a while, and we needed some relief. There had been rainfall to the north of us in Guéréda (and in Iriba the day I had traveled there), and to the south of us in Moundou… So my faith that God could also send us rain was strong.

In Zechariah 10:1, the Lord encourages us to ask Him for rain in the Spring… and I took that literally.

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Desperate for an answer to prayer (Matthew 15:22-28)

Lessons from medieval times to encourage us to pray more fervently

And, look! A woman from the seacoasts of Canaan cried out to him, saying, “Lord, son of David, have mercy on me. My daughter is terribly troubled by a demon.”

He did not answer her with even one word.

His disciples came and pleaded with him, saying, “Leave her behind because she keeps calling out to us!”

He answered and said, “I am only sent to the perishing sheep of Israel’s house.”

Desperate for an answer to prayer: Canaanite Woman, Très Riches Heures<br /> Duc de Berry circa 1410

So she came and bowed before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”

He answered and said, “It is not good to take bread from the children and throw it to the hound dogs.”

So she said, “You are right, Master. However, puppies will eat some of the crumbs which fall to the ground from their master’s board.”

Then Jesus answered to her, “Ah! Woman, great is your faith! May it be done for you as you wish.” And from that hour her daughter was healed.

– Matthew 15:22-28 (MWNT)


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