I still owed $750 on tuition, and the $1,000 due for the outreach plane ticket was due that day. The trip to Greece was in just three weeks, and I was going to need an additional $2,000 on top of the airline ticket. I had no idea where this money was going to come from. Basically, I was freaking out.I trudged into class that day. God had called me to do this YWAM school; why didn't He provide? The teacher was saying things, and I was taking notes, but I wasn't really taking it in. Then he said something that snagged my attention. "If you are trying to pay for outreach and you only have $20, pay the $20. When you do all that is possible, God will do the impossible."
Man, that was convicting! I didn't know how much I had in the bank, but I knew I could pay whatever small amount I had. As soon as class finished, I went to an ATM and checked my balance. I had just over $750!
I did not remember having that much. That was crazy! I withdrew it and paid off the tuition. My bank account had never been so empty, but I trusted God. Even if He did not provide for this mission trip to Greece, He was still good and had a perfect plan for me. I started to earnestly pray and seek God not only about my own finances, but also about my classmates' as well. For many of us were needing funds.
Just like that, finances started coming in. Bam! $1,000 for the plane ticket. Kapow! $50 gift from a friend. Swoosh! $750 from my home church. Every day I was so overwhelmed by the love and generosity of God and those who gave. I wanted to cry.
The weeks continued to zoom by. Before I knew it, there was only a week until outreach started, and the amount I needed was down to just $350! I still had no idea how this was going to get paid off, but I was hopeful.
I was mopping the floor as the sunset gleamed through the windows. I don't know why I did, but I remember saying something along the lines of "You know, God, I would be willing to do anything for you."
Let me warn you; those are dangerous words! You know what He said? "Alright. Help lead worship at the community group you have been going to on Saturdays."
I almost dropped my mop! Lead worship? I don't sing, I don't like being the center of attention, and I can barely stick to a rhythm. Why would God ask me to do such an embarrassing thing? But I had already said I would do anything for God.
Saturday arrived. My heart raced. I was throughly dreading the community group. I had only been able to practice for like an hour before the group started. I hid my shaking hands behind my back. My friend started playing the guitar. I closed my eyes and started singing.
Man alive, it was so hard. It took everything in me to steady my shaky voice. I kept reminding myself, "I am doing this for God, I am doing this for God, I am doing this for God." The end could not come faster.
We finally finished the set, and I sank into my chair. It took a solid 5 minutes for my breathing to return to normal. After the group, someone came up to me and said. "You know, when you were singing, I felt lead to give you $400 for your mission trip."
My eyes widened. I thanked him and thanked God and tried to contain myself from literally jumping. God had provided for me!
It took awhile for me to understand why it took leading worship for the rest of the money to come in. During the mission trip though, I ended up having to lead worship several times. Through it all, I learned to trust God so much.
Putting in your $750 before having a guarantee for the remaining $3,000 doesn't make sense. Leading worship as someone who doesn't sing certainly doesn't make sense. Sometimes following God doesn't make sense (at least from a human perspective), but it is so worth it!
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