I feel like paraphrasing Dickens. “It was the best of weeks; it was the worst of weeks.”
It was the best because of the continued growth in community spirit that we’re seeing at LifeSpring. Last weekend we had a pot luck, and our house was filled with laughter and converstion. A nice sound.
It was the best of weekends because we had visitors from Stadia. Our long distance from Rocklin, home of Stadia West, makes it difficult for such visits. It was good for LifeSpringers to meet the folks that have been praying for them and supplying resources for this plant.
It was the worst of weeks because we found out our support funds were gone. Actually they were gone back in April, but we were not aware of that. We lived off of the accumulated support we had been getting from outside sources, but time finally consumed that as well.
Stadia has resourced us again. The monies will be prorated over two years. We’re thankful for that, but again, best and worst. Best because of their generosity and care about this work. Worst because of the huge salary hit we’ve experienced.
It’s so hard to be full of faith at moments like this. The mind floods with “what ifs.” Experience so far has shown God’s influence and guidance in this church plant. I could write a book about that.
There are moments when I’m tempted to work out an internet scheme to raise money. Sorta like the guy that sold a $1 million worth of ads on his one page website.
But then, I’d be placing the trust in myself. “Lord, send us the resources we need to carry on with this. So that we can continue to do the things that we’ve been doing. Please don’t let this momentary crisis consume what we’ve worked hard to gain. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”