It is amazing to me how much God loves us. How he opens our eyes, when we need it most.
As all reading this blog know, fundraising is both the blessing and the curse of all non-profit organizations. It was July 27 and we had called an unscheduled Board meeting to discuss the looming economic crisis in front of us. We determined that in the midst of this crisis, we needed to raise $100,000 by the end of the year. We needed a well thought out plan and lots of prayer.
Prior to the Board meeting, my wife Theresa and I were having one of those “talks” that husbands and wives have. I shared with her how my faith was beginning to wane. That after five years, I was growing weary of the fundraising aspect of our ministry. She told me that I was becoming cynical. That I was allowing the Enemy to own me on this issue. It was one of those talks.
After about 45 minutes, Theresa prayed hard for me and for WorkMatters and for all of you who would invest in this awesome mission to bridge the gap between faith and work. Still, I walked out of the room frustrated.
I will never forget what happened next…
As I opened the door to my home office and walked out, I saw a small cardboard box sitting on the edge of the coffee table. It immediately caught my eye. I picked it up and on it was a post-it note that said:
“It’s a gift to you for WorkMatters. Love, Ty Ty”
I fell into my prayer chair as I cradled this little box in my hands and began to cry like a baby. I called to Theresa to come and see what our 9 year old son had done. It was 10 minutes before I could even open it. Expecting to see $4 or $5, I was blown away.
In that little box was $104. He had cleaned out his bank and given it ALL to God, WorkMatters and his Dad.
Oh, you of little faith…
I sit here today, five months later, on the last day of our “fundraising year”. We have prayed hard and worked hard, and you have given. And, regardless of where our fundraising finishes, I will always remember…
“the Incredible Gift” that God gives us all…his love. I pray that you are filled with hope as you enter this fresh, new year. May our faith grow deeper than it has ever been in 2009.
“He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”