Go ahead. Seriously, go ahead. You can bring it up in conversation today if you'd like, especially if you're at lunch and people are bragging about their spiritual life. Just jump in: "Well, in my time with God this morning, I read 4 books of the Bible."
On a more serious note, it's Testament Tuesday and I have a very cool story to share that aligns with something in 3 John. John writes to Gaius and encourages him to continue being hospitable to those who are missionaries, taking the Gospel to places that Gaius will never go through his support of those who go. That's an old principle in missions: those who hold the rope are as important as those who climb. Amen.
Yesterday, I finished crunching the numbers for our Haiti mission trip. For those who may not have known, we sent a team to Haiti in October to build a duplex for two families displaced by the earthquake, partnering with a group called YWAM. They have a very cool strategy and plan for transforming communities, part of which includes these duplexes. They cost $6000 each to build and we got to build the first one in this New Beginnings development outside of St. Marc.
My wife had this incredible idea to take pictures (a hobby of hers, found here) and proceeds would go to the funding of that building. Several of you jumped on board. Others heard about it and gave money just because they thought it was a great thing to do. A friend from Oklahoma (who went on the trip with us) passed the plate in his Sunday School class and collected quite a bit too. Another friend from Louisiana came along, brought a friend, and also collected money to help. This is what John encouraged Gaius to do and to keep doing. He was holding the rope. Lots of people held the rope for Haiti. $6000 to build a duplex? Sure! All in all, money came in and there was enough to build the duplex.
With $5486 left over.
Sounds like the makings of another duplex. Only God...