Withdrawal of resources, unlimited grace

This post was written while we were in Chad.

We are struggling lately with the basics here at the orphanage. I go to the bank a few times on the weekend for a withdrawal our monthly rent from the ATM. However the dispenser is either down or turned off. We have to wait on this issue before we make a withdrawal of money for our regular living expenses. Now we are starting to draw from our savings. It is the beginning of the month, so the typical rush on the bank is happening now.

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One-man Christmas rush, Abéché-style!

This post was written while we were in Chad.

We didn’t have running water in the house on Tuesday and Wednesday, but were glad that the water was running from the hose outside. This allowed us to fill the barrel outside, and transport the water into the barrel in the house. Because of the water problems we are facing, I tooksink cleaned by man the catch-all off of the bathroom sink and stuffed the sewer line with toilet paper. Then I put a bucket under the sink to catch the water that goes in there. This saves us a little extra water to flush the toilet during the day.

At first, I was busy waiting at an office and preparing some paperwork. As a result, I met the man I needed to meet, two minutes before the office closed! Often, you make these sacrifices without knowing if your efforts will be worth it or not; we are always thankful when the work we put into something is useful for the task before us!

However, all that time preparing for that moment, and the time waiting at the office, was time I could have used to do some last-minute Christmas shopping. So this afternoon, I did my very best to make one final push to find Christmas presents for the girls that would be there from early morning in Christmas eve.

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Take an inventory of our resources

Building a Business God's Way, Part 4

God has blessed the earth with natural resources.  In the same way, He has blessed each of us with skills, talents, time and equipment to do what needs to be done.

To get the best use out of these resources, we must take an inventory of He has given us, and use it wisely.

Seven steps to take an inventory of our resources

1) Make a list of the resources God has given you

We can list what we have, and what we lack, according to the categories listed in the earlier blog post.  On this list, we should not claim something that does not belong to us.

Knowing what we don’t have enables us to pray with our family and church members to find what we are missing.

2) Take good care of the resources God has given you

I have a friend in the country where I work who runs a business.  He is always complaining that he does not have a working generator.  Foreign donors have given him new generators whenever he complains.  He rejoices at the gift, but does not change the oil regularly.  Before long, the new generator breaks down, and he complains once again because he does not have a working generator.

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3 Reasons Why I Bought a Camel

and why you should, too...

While in Chad, I often got lost in the Sahara desert.  The GPS I used there would only point me in the right direction to my destination, as the roads I was following weren’t on any map.

I'm so thankful for "99", my camel! Here is a picture of him.This led me, more than once, to cross dry river beds and thorn-bush forests with “Twila”, our Speed the Light vehicle.

I often got all disoriented from following a cow trail, with very few options but to turn around and start back where I left the main road.

And each time I did, I prayed that God would provide the money for me to buy a camel…

Here are three of the best reasons I can think of, why everyone should own one of these “ships of the desert”.

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3 ways that Africa is better off than America

Moving from pity to praise...

I remember the day it hit me.  I was at a grocery store that I could barely afford to be at, picking up some essential for my home like mayonnaise, canned hot dogs or ramen noodles.

A child, nicely dressed but not overly so, walked in with a grocery bag.  That kid bought some food items I could not afford, and the total  cost of what he bought cost more money than I had in my house at the time.

And when he was done, I saw him cross the street with his groceries, and go into the house with the lightly crumbling mud walls around it.

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