Every Friday I try to feature a giving story here at MH4C. We haven’t had any submissions lately, so things have been slow. However, if you’d like to submit a giving story, you can contact me. Learn more about my request for giving stories.
The following giving story was submitted by an MH4C reader, JJ.
God Will Provide
This is a story about how God himself provided many gifts to my wife and I through several sources.
On January 11th I went back to Paraguay to get married and bring my wife back to the US. She didn’t have her visa paperwork approved yet, but we had made the wedding plans long before and were going to proceed in faith. I took two weeks paid and two weeks unpaid leave from my job to make the trip. We had people in Paraguay and the US praying for her papers to go through in time for a January 31st return to the States.
Her papers were not approved when we needed them to be, but I was not leaving without her. We ran the risk of losing plane tickets, but I also ran the risk of damaging my credit. I had no vacation time to use, so I was staying in Paraguay with no pay. Bills were going to be due, and I didn’t know how they were going to be paid. We were close enough that it could have been a matter of days but unsure whether it could actually be a matter of weeks. If I went home until they were ready, I would have definitely lost several thousand dollars in plane tickets (because of the need to purchase a flight to go back when the papers were done). In faith I stayed, and God was faithful. We only ended up losing a $300 flight. Everything else was changeable without penalties, something that I considered a miracle in itself.
One of the things I had to do to get her papers approved – something I didn’t know going down there – was complete my taxes. So several months early, and in 4 hours, I filed my taxes and learned I was going to get $6,000 back. Even though I would have gotten that money anyway, I was amazed at God’s provision: the moment I thought I’d run out of money, I had quite a bit more than I would have had with a paycheck.
After I told my boss I wasn’t going to be able to be back at work at my scheduled time, I was told I could work from Paraguay until we were ready to come back to the US. That meant I didn’t lose any time and started getting my paycheck again.
Once we were back in the US, we checked the mail one day and found a check for $800 from church. We honestly didn’t know what to do with it. We had gone from being worried about not being able to pay my mortgage to having more money come in at once than we even needed. I emailed our secretary and told her we didn’t need the money and could give it back, but she said it had been donated to us specifically. Because of the extra funds, my wife and I decided to donate a large portion of it all to others in need. Most of the rest went to debt repayment (some of it we used for house wares and such).
God used these experiences to teach my wife and I a couple things. He specifically was teaching her that He will take care of her even in a foreign country. She wants to move back to Paraguay as soon as possible (I do too), but my debt is preventing that from being within the next couple of years. She has been praying for God to take away my debt, and He showed her that He can – and maybe He will, even if little by little. I had also specifically been praying for the ability to be more generous, and through the generosity of others we were able to.
I directly credit the Lord for the financial gifts my wife and I received during this time, and it surprises me the people He chose to use. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. It’s humbling to receive such blessings (and I’m usually hesitant to call money a blessing, but in this case it was), but it only reinforces the belief I have that God blesses us so that we can bless others.
Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:13-14 NIV)