God’s Mysterious Economy

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Dan meeting with visitors after the service.

Christianity doesn’t make much sense in the eyes of the world. Love your enemies? Do good to those who persecute you? Take care of those who can never help you back? Lose your life to find it? You’ve got to be kidding!

Recently a new family has begun attending the Águas Claras church. They have invited many friends to our services and we’ve been encouraged by their loving, generous, faithful hearts. When nobody else shows up to prayer meeting, Mr. A is there. When nobody else comes to the women’s Bible study, Mrs. A. is there. But here’s the problem. They have four darling little boys and our church plant has nothing for children at this time. In my heart I have grieved over the sacrifice they are making to be a part of our congregation. Silly me!

Last week Mrs. A. shared with me that since her husband began coming to our church and attending our seminary module, he has fallen in love with the Scriptures again. With tears of joy, she told me he reads the Bible way into the night and can’t seem to get enough of it.

God’s ways are not ours. I could only see the things they were giving up, but God gave me a glimpse into what they are gaining. Truly, His ways are perfect.

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7 thoughts on “God’s Mysterious Economy

  1. May I use this story in our new feature “Resonate” that tells how God is working in the church and in FM missions? We’re putting stories as bulletin inserts each week – with a local feature on one side, and missions story on the other. After it’s shared in the bulletin, it will be added to our Resonate blog, and shared on Facebook. I’m really excited about having a consistent way to share stories in the church!

    *Ginny Hannen* Director of Communications Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church 120 E Main, PO Box 399 Spring Arbor, MI 49283 517-750-2400

    On Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 10:08 AM, Owsleys In Brazil wrote:

    > hopeinbrazil posted: ” Christianity doesn’t make much sense in the eyes of > the world. Love your enemies? Do good to those who persecute you? Take care > of those who can never help you back? Lose your life to find it? You’ve got > to be kidding! Recently a new family has begun a” >

  2. Maybe the Lord will open a door sometime soon for ministry to those children too. Before we moved to Spring Arbor, I led children’s church in our tiny congregation every Sunday, all ages together, during the sermon. The message was recorded for me to hear later. I hope the Lord will raise up someone to do something similar for you–even once a month would be good. And perhaps help for parents to plan family worship at home. Good things are surely ahead for those children.

  3. This insight is beautiful. What mutual goodness of the Lord-encouragement to church planters and joy only experienced in Jesus. I’m praying for the boys to also grow deep!

  4. We love our Church. To be near you is a gift of the Lord! Our children feel loved and there is no better place we would like to be. We are every day more involved in the word of the Lord and it has been our support of each day. Joy and the love of the Lord are seen in your lives through the dedication and fellowship with the Church of the Lord. Thank you for your love and hospitality without limit. In Christ, Mrs. A +5 (excuse my mistakes in English)

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