Speak the Truth:
Matthew 15:28 (ESV) 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.
Talk the Talk:
Oh to be told by Jesus that my faith is great! That’s what we all want in the end…or at least we should. So, in the past 2 weeks I had a front row seat to a young lady whose faith was like the faith described in the above scripture.
Here’s a bit of the backstory. I am heading to Uganda for the 4th time. I didn’t think it was in the plan anytime soon; nevertheless, God made a way and made it clear that I was to join the team. Our plane tickets had been purchased and we already had our planning conference call. However, I felt an overwhelming persistence to pray for a friend’s niece, Morgan. When I couldn’t get Morgan out of my mind the next day I reached out through text. I asked if she would have any interest in going to Uganda to serve with me. I didn’t even know if the organization would allow her to join the team at this late date, but I had to at least put the idea out there. And then God started to work.
She said she would pray and let me know but she quickly shared goals she had written out a week ago. One of them was to go on a mission trip to Africa. I instantly knew the Holy Spirit was definitely behind the prodding I felt to reach out to her. She was told that she would have to have all the money turned in by the following Friday in order to join the team. What Lord!? $3500 is a lot to raise in a few months, let alone 1 week!!!
However, through Facebook, letters, her church, and auctioning off her paintings, Morgan’s money was raised in 1 week, with some extra to spare. Talk about amazing! I know that we all had some doubts that she would raise the money. However, Morgan took a giant leap of faith living out Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” God delivered in a big way.
Walk the Walk
Seeing this experience play out, I was reminded why we are to live our lives according to 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV) which says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” God has used Morgan’s journey to Uganda to strengthen many people’s faith. So, I look forward to the promise in Matthew 17:20 (ESV) playing out during our time there. It says, “He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Painting by: Morgan Maxwell