Wednesday, September 26, 2012

making disciples - God provides

On Saturday night (George's early morning) we Skyped and we didn't have long to do so because he was getting ready to go preach the Gospel in a place he'd never been before.  When he returned, he. was. ecstatic.  He shared with me the opportunity we had to be part of and invite others to come alongside us and take 30 pastors, who preach in places where the Witchcraft is so prevalent that some have NEVER heard the Gospel, to a praying and planning retreat.  Our ministry has been holding discipleship training for many months now.  They come from miles and miles away and we always feel burdened that we can only offer them water from our borehole but never have the funds for meals.  George was so moved by what he witnessed on Sunday and he knew that we had to do something special for them.  And the sooner the better.  So he prayed about taking them on the retreat and even told them about it, which is something we never do because we never know if the funds will come in.  I'm tellin' y'all, the guy has crazy faith.  Some people in the village have called this "stubborn faith" :)  

So we shared the need and just yesterday a family stepped up to not only match one or two pastors to the retreat, but EACH of the pastors.  We set a goal of 30 pastors and...
wait for it.......

20 pastors were sponsored!!!

This is crazy.  This is amazing.  This is the work of our Father.  This is BEYOND what we could have imagined.  WHY do we even set goals anymore?  He. Knows. Each. Pastor. He. Wants. There.

Per my trusty, rusty calculations, when the family matches the 15 pastors of the original 30, we will have enough funds to send 35 pastors for spiritual refreshing, faithful planning, and much-needed time to just fellowship with other people who are called to preach the Gospel.

George has been busy today and didn't have time to check the status of the fundraiser.  We got together on Skype and I was able to share the news with him.  Only I didn't share the EXTRA news.  I asked, "What happens if more than 30 pastors are sponsored?"  And people, this NEVER happens.  God is so faithful to literally supply our "daily bread".  We set a goal and we never "fluff" the numbers.  Shoot, we don't even add in ATM fees or gas money that it takes to get to the bank which is 45 mins away.  None of that.  So what came next blew my socks off.

George said, "Well, the hotel has room for 5 more but that's all.  So we need to hurry and tell everyone so they don't continue donating."  

He was a little REALLY blown away to see that we had exactly 5 more sponsored.  We can NOT wait to share pictures of the retreat with you and we are humbled by the hearts of the ones who not only donated but the ones who shared the links and prayed like crazy for Him to provide.  These 35 pastors have the passion it takes to change this world and they're crazy excited to proclaim the Gospel.  The Good News.  Think about it - what good is the Gospel if we keep it to ourselves.  We encourage you to share it with someone today.  And continue praying for the potential 60,000 people in the bush where these pastors have their make-shift churches set up.  They know what Coke is but they have never heard the Gospel?  This is heartbreaking.  How has a company started in the US reached these people but the Gospel hasn't yet?  Get excited, folks.  This. Is. About. To. Get. Crazy.  For Jesus.  Because He is ALL they need.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

making disciples - matching donor

Throughout the day, this blog post has been rolling around in my heart.  It's been my constant.  Praying.  Daydreaming about what an opportunity this is.  Praying some more.  Getting upset.  Getting mad.  Wondering WHY, when Jesus, Himself, COMMANDED us to make disciples, no one is stepping up knowing the deadline is tomorrow.  KNOWING that if it's His will, He'll provide.  Wondering how it can't be His will.  Praying some more.  Pouring my heart out to Him.  We just want what He wants.  We just want people to know Him.  Forget Christie.  Forget George.  Forget Ekubo Ministries.  If you get anything from His work through us, GET. HIM.  That's all.  Because He. Is. ALL. We. Need.  MORE than enough.

8:45pm.  Tuesday night.  Looking at the clock wondering what He's up to.  We HAVE to have this effort funded BY tomorrow to ensure the funds are transferred in time from Paypal so George can get to the bank on Friday and get the retreat paid for in time for the pastors to attend.  I see a sweet, familiar name pop up on chat.  I've never even chatted with him before but I spoke with his wife earlier.  He said, "Hello.  I know you spoke to my wife earlier but now it's my turn.  We talked it over and would like to match EACH sponsor you find for a pastor."  I think my heart hit the floor.  My silly, human response was:

wait!  EVERY pastor?

He cheerfully said, "Yes.  EVERY pastor."  Why, people, do we continue to doubt His power?  And I did it again.  I said:

so far we have 3 sponsored!!!  so we just need 27 more.  {as if I was "helping him out"}

And he cheerfully said, "Then you have 6 sponsored."  Gosh, and I did it again:

so you don't want to just match the remaining ones?

And, again, he cheerfully responded, "Let's make it each one."


We need YOUR help.  We have a family that will match the sponsorship of EACH pastor to the retreat.  Here's the story if you haven't already read it.  We have the opportunity to reach 60,000+ people.  Let's do what He commanded us to do.

If you can't donate toward this effort, could you PLEASE use your social media voice to share this link?


Monday, September 24, 2012

making disciples

Please soak in the following words from my sweet husband George and prayerfully consider getting involved with Ekubo Ministries and this humbling opportunity God has given us to advance His Kingdom.

"Yesterday I had a privilege to speak at a congregation of a new established ministry Church driven and orchestrated by God. I saw the Joy and celebration of the men and women worshipping the Lord in a community of about 30,000+ people. I saw the struggle, the pain, heart break and the sense of defeat in their eyes as they prayed with all their hearts. I was thanked a million times by the brethren in the Church because their Pastor is attending our Ekubo Ministries Discipleship and Training Program in our village. Friday and Saturday, 30 Pastors are going away for a retreat to pray and plan the future of this ministry. We have an audience we have to disciple of 60,000+ members of the different churches we are reaching now. The job is great, the work is overwhelming but we serve a big God. Please stand with us to bring salvation, deliverance and healing to the nations. Friends, God is working in lives of people because we chose to stand in the gap. Join us today to make this a reality."

Here's where YOU come in!!!  We need 30 people to step up and each sponsor a pastor for $50 to go to the retreat this weekend. PLEASE help us spread the word. $50 to pour into each man/woman which will in turn reach 60,000+ members??? That's DISCIPLE-MAKING, people. Jesus didn't suggest this. HE. COMMANDED. IT.

To sponsor a pastor, you can donate your $52 (to cover Paypal fees) by clicking "Donate Here" in the left hand column. 

PLEASE share this HUGE need!!!