About a year ago I was listening to the radio and they were trying to get sponsors through the organization World Concern for a small, impoverished village named Lietnhom. World Concern has a 3 year strategy to revitalizing a village. They help them by:
1. Educating children and training adults in job skills
2.Improving farming to increase food security
3. Establishing a local economy through microfinance and village banking
Lietnhom has been a struggling village for a long time due to Civil War. Most recently, in 2008, Lietnhom was attacked by a neighboring tribe. Many homes were burned and many people temporarily displaced. Some were also killed.
As I listened in on the radio, the Lord challenged me to get involved. The truth is, I don't normally get pulled in to sponsorships like this. I faithfully give to particular missionaries and ministries every month. Nothing against these kind of sponsorships, but I have never really felt the Lord leading me to commit to this kind of support, but this time was different, so I called and made the commitment to see the village of Lietnhom transformed. I give every month, but I don't see the changes. I get the updates from World Concern, but it just seems so far away.
surreal moment of realization for me that brought tears to my eyes. You see I had questioned if I made that challenge from the Lord up to support Lietnhom through World Concern. I think we all question whether we hear from the Lord from time to time. I figured, "Well even if I made it up it is still a great cause to support, it definitely isn't a bad thing to get involved with." But there is just something about knowing you are doing exactly what God asked you to do. God knew over a year ago that I would be traveling to Bonga, he sent me even then, and he will go with me now.
I am so excited for what God is going to do at the end of this month. We can send villages all the money we have, but there is nothing more valuable we can give them than the message of Jesus Christ.
Because I owe Him my all, I give them my all.
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