Friday, June 3, 2011

The price of obedience

This morning, Mr. Blandings and I were counting the cost of moving our family to the mission field full-time. No, we weren't talking about the lack of Netflix in SE Asia or the fact that Seven will probably be a preschooler by the time she "meets" most of her extended family in a way she can actually remember. We were talking about the actual cost.

The money.

We need to raise $5,000 per month to support our ministries (plural) and our family. So far, we have 10% of that committed. Some days the number seems so huge that I fear I'll be 40 before I put my feet on Nepali soil. Others, I know that my God is big enough to bring in twice that completely unsolicited.

We prayed this morning, as we do every day, for God to bring in the money. Then I kind of forgot about it. (It's Mani's birthday, after all!) But this afternoon, as I got a second to sit down and check in on the cyber world, I read this post and was inspired to calculate our needs.

We need 90 families to commit $50/month to reach our goal.

Or 225 families to commit $20/month.

Or God to sway an ultra-wealthy Christian with a heart for the 10/40 window to just write us a check for a million. 

Any of those will do.

I wonder which route He'll take? 

(And by the way, if you are one of the people who God has given a heart for the people of Nepal, please read this. Keep praying! Satan is working hard to shut the door on the Truth and keep folks in the dark. I guess He hasn't read the end of the Book, huh?)


TerriW said...

Have you considered putting up a "tip jar" on your site somewhere? After reading this post, I went looking for one.

Also, if you were to put up an Amazon Affiliate link, I would be happy to make all of my Amazon purchases through that link and you would get a small cut of each purchase. I'm not sure how much that would add up to, but I suspect as both a bookhound and a homeschooler, it wouldn't be insignificant!

The Beaver Bunch said...

Thanks for the shout out. I'm praying for your ministry to be fully funded soon as well. It's daunting and humbling all at the same time, isn't it?