This year marks our 20th anniversary of serving with World MAP. How is it possible that 20 years have gone by since this amazing journey began?!
As we pause to review the “heavenly track record” of God’s incredible faithfulness, we are humbled, amazed and overwhelmingly grateful. The Lord has met and sustained us through every hurdle, sprint, victory, stumble and “challenge of endurance” throughout this race – all of which served to only ignite our hearts with faith-filled anticipation for the miles still ahead!
But before we press on, we want to take a brief look at what our amazing God, by His amazing grace, has done – and share with you just a few of the important milestones.
The day is still clear in our minds when, shortly after coming to World MAP in 1998, we began to realize the monumental task we were being asked to fulfill in directing this ministry. We felt keenly our lack of qualifications and skill, as we asked each other whether we should even continue to try.
In that moment, we did the only thing we knew to do: we prayed. We opened our hands before the Lord and, through the tears, raised to Him the meager “five loaves and two fish” representing our lives. We prayed and asked the Lord that, if He had truly called us to this task, He would please take the little we had to offer and somehow use it for His sake and glory.
BROKEN AND MULTIPLIED
Thankfully, God does not measure us as man does. He does not always call the qualified, but He does qualify those He calls as they follow and obey Him, and yield to His ongoing transforming work.
In Matthew 14:13-21, Jesus reveals what He will do with our insufficient offerings. First, He says “bring them to Me.” Everything we have and are must be brought to Him, surrendered into His hands, and submitted to His will, power and life.
Then we see that Jesus “blessed,” “broke,” and “gave.” Somehow, what is given into the Lord’s hands for His use, once broken, becomes uniquely useful and fruitful – as also seen in the bread and the cup, symbolizing Jesus’ own body given for us at the Cross.
We have had numerous opportunities in the past 20 years to experience both God’s blessing, and His breaking – resulting in the multiplication of what God was able to do, beyond what we could have ever dreamed. We simply stand in humble gratitude and amazement.
Milestone #1: Give God what you have. Give Him everything you are. Give it without conditions, and in complete surrender. You will find that this is not a one-time offering, but likely a daily one. Then watch and be amazed at what God will do with what is fully offered to Him for His use!
Early on, World MAP’s vast programs and mounting expenses had put the ministry on the verge of shutting down; but was closing World MAP the Lord’s desire?