Just Passin' Through

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Widow's Mite

Mark 12:41-44 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums.A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on."

Luke 21:1-4
And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. And He said, "Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on."

The Jews were instructed to give to the Temple and to the poor as part of their service to God. (So are we). One day Jesus sat at the Temple and watched people putting money into the offering boxes. Some people were rich and gave lots of money. Some gave money, but were unhappy about it. Then an poor woman, a widow, came up to the boxes.

The poor woman put two of the smallest coins there were in the offering box. The disciples with Jesus weren't very impressed, but Jesus said this woman has given more than any other today. How could that be? Jesus said it was because it was all she had.

How did the woman think she would buy dinner that night? She trusted in God to provide for her. She obeyed God's command, knowing that He would fulfill His promise to care for her in return. We must trust God the same way. Matt 6:33 says: "Seek first the kingdom of God and Hid righteousness and all these things (food, clothes, etc) will be added unto you."

WOW This story hit home for me tonight. As in the previous post I am leaving for Honduras in one week!! At church we have been collecting t-shirts to take to the people in Honduras. For them to get a "new" (our used ones) shirt is a HUGE deal!!! (Just yet another thing we take for grant it...clothes on our back- I'll save that for another post) So we have received TONS of shirts, unfortunately we can not take all of them but we taking some. Not only have we received shirt donations but also money to help pay for the cost of an extra bag (Yep it cost $200!!!!!) and for the cost of the trip in general. So an older lady came up to me tonight and handed me a one dollar bill...she said it's not much but I hope it helps! I was speechless because the Widow's mite story came to my mind. I thanked her knowing she did all that she could. Just tonight at church we received almost $300 BUT that one dollar means more to me than the other $299!! I am so thankful for all of the people who are generous enough to help especially the lady who gave "all she had!!"
Again I ask for your prayers more than anything!!

Romans 8:28-And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Monday, June 21, 2010

9 days until... HONDURAS!!!!!

9 SHORT DAYS!!! WOW I can't believe the time has come for me to be back in Honduras! I haven't been able to in a few years because I have been in weddings that have conflicted...not this year!!! I am so excited I can't stand it!! Tonight mom and I booked out hotel by the airport!! Lucky us we are flying out at like 6 am on July 1 SO that means have to be at the airport bright and early!! But I'm ok with that!! We're flying out of Nashville our first stop is in ATL and then Tegucigalpa HONDURAS!!!! This year will be extra special...this is not only going to be great time to serve our Lord but its going to be a reunion with all of my "brothers"!! Matthew and all of his soccer buddies from FHU and their wives are getting to go. They are all like my brothers!! I really miss all of these guys and can't wait for all of us to be back together!! Not only is my mom going with us but also my second mom, Margaret will be there as well!! Lots of hard work and prayers have gone into the work of TORCH Missions and I ask that you please continue to pray for us.
There are several groups flying in from different places and different times- please pray for safe travels to and from Honduras!!
I know this is going to be the best 11 days of my summer!! I'm very thankful for everyone that has made this trip possible!!
This is the TORCH Missions blog if you would like to follow- it will be updated while we are over there working; http://childrenoftheking.blogspot.com/
PLEASE PLEASE pray for safe travels, our work while we are there, and also for our families that we are leaving behind in the states!!

Matthew 25:34-40"Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink;I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'