Jarren’s dresser is now sitting in the livingroom awaiting transport to the garage where the rocking chair has been for the last two weeks. We bought these along with other “essentials” before he was born. The crib and baby items have long since left the house, but they were ment to, these were ment to stay, to be passed along.
One of my earliest memories of children’s church was hearing the story of Amy Carmichael, a missionary to india. As a young girl she was convicted on evening walking home from a church service when she saw a poor elderly woman and the Holy Spirit spoke to her reminding of her of the passage in 1 Corinthians 3 where Paul urges the Corinthians to build on the foundation of Christ with gold, silver and precious stones, so the work would last. It was then that she dedicated her life to ministry.
We are so surrounded by the temporary, by wood, hay and straw, things that will burn, rot and fade away. (I think if Paul were writing this today he would have included plastic in that list) So while I am sad that the dresser and rocking chair are moving out of our lives I am thankful that I have this opportunity to pass on the Lasting Things to my children.
Sometimes to take a big leap you have to back up to give yourself some space to get a good running start. We had to back up a little lately. What does that mean? It means that we are looking at a departure date at the end of February instead of the middle of January, it also means having a tighter rein on our schedule so we don’t overdo things and get cranky kids and sick parents. We are also trying hard to listen to what God is saying to us and concentrating on those things instead of being overwhelmed by the thousands of things that need to be done.
Now we are ready to reveal our first (of several) big leaps. Our goal for this December is to have our upfront expenses (plane tickets, Spanish school, setting up a house in Peru etc.) in our ministry account by the end of the month. This is approximately $19,000.
Here is our “running start”. The beginning of this month we have concentrated on preparing the house for renters, downsizing our possessions (we have felt lead to keep only that which cannot be replaced) and preparing for a December garage sale. We are hoping that this garage sale will give us a running start toward our goal of having 19,000 in our ministry account by the end of the month. How can you help? Tell others about our sale (details below), come to our sale and buy something or make a donation, and if you have been planing on becoming part of our support team either through a monthly pledge or one time gift take the time to do so today ( www.extremenazarene.org/dewhitt ). All donations made to support our work with Extreme Nazarene Ministries are tax deductible. A new page is coming soon that will track our progress so you can see how close we are to reaching our goal.
DeWhitt Holiday Garage Sale and Fundraiser
Friday, December 16 9am to 3pm
Saturday, December 17 9am to 3pm