Because He works all things together for our good….

As I sit down to write and reflect on the past month for SOS, my heart rests completely humbled. In the course of just four short weeks, our ministry has been completely revitalized by the incredible generosity and shepherding of those investing in SOS. God has shown us over and over again that “your ways are not my ways…” {Isaiah 55:8} and we must trust that He works through the ‘mysteries’ of faith. We’re so excited to share our hearts and the continuation of our story….

In July of this summer, SOS was presented with the opportunity to share with Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. This opportunity was birthed out of a speaking opportunity that we received at the NC Baptist Evangelism conference from Dr. Alvin Reid. He graciously allowed us to share a snippet of our story, even though he could’ve easily used all of the speaking time for himself. Little did we know that this would multiply into two separate speaking opportunities with two different churches in our states. One of those opportunities came from Pleasant Garden.

Our team was so graciously given around 15 minutes to share in all 3 services that Sunday morning. We also spoke with the youth group as means of kicking off their VBS. We were greatly encouraged by our time with the gracious congregation, but honestly didn’t expect what God had in store. They planned SOS as their main VBS offering and I thought “Oh, that’s so sweet. But really, we will probably receive $150 in change.” That obviously was not the right attitude, but my hopes weren’t too lofty for a mid-size Southern Baptist Church in Summerfield, NC.

The following week, my sister and I hopped on an airplane to serve in Moldova. During our time in Moldova, we learned that a new mayor had been elected in the village where the home is located. He is a Christian and by God’s grace, He approved for the building of “pre-engineered” homes on the home site. This was such a significant decision, as it dropped the cost our project to around $30-35,000.00. With a much more attainable goal in mind, that alone encouraged us to keep going, running the race with perseverance only He provides.

Off the heels of such an incredible trip {please see our summer update for more details}– our time spent at Pleasant Garden had definitely not been pressing hard on my mind. We returned with great passion and vision for the home project, that the outcome of our time there didn’t seem super significant. Little did we know that our lives would be changed by a kind congregation and passionate Pastor that simply believed in God’s work in our ministry.

 

Meanwhile, during our time in Moldova, we realized the massive need to being the grading process. Without funds to proceed, the entire process stood at stalemate. Our immediate response was to call an SOS meeting to pray and follow God’s leading as to whether we should send $6,000.00 out of our savings for the funding of this grading. Each of our families gathered together one Saturday night for this time. Siblings, parents, and the SOS gals crowded into our living room to pray and discuss. We felt the Spirit prompting us to step out in faith and send the check. For our slender bank account, this definitely would shape the need for intensive fundraising over the fall to regain what we had sent. A large burden, but we trusted that the Lord would not forsake us. All of the girls huddled outside on the porch, nodding in agreement that God was calling us to action. No sooner did a rainbow of promise fill the entire sky. A miracle of a rainbow, as it had not rained once all afternoon. Oh how the Lord works in mysterious ways.

 

The next day in church we were approached by a sweet couple who has dedicated their lives to a similar mercy ministry. Unexpectedly, they handed us a check for $1,000.00. They shared that they had felt the Lord working in their hearts for some amount of time to give. Such heavenly timing of the donation. That one thousand dollars is now being used to fulfill the dream of planting trees all along the home property to provide vital shade and irrigation. Isaiah 61 parallels so poignantly. “…for they will be called Oaks of righteousness, for the display of His Splendor.” Truly, this was to display His Splendor.

 

After all of that excitement, I wasn’t sure that my heart could handle anything else. But the Lord fills to the overflowing and that next Monday morning my heart surged to the brim. I received a phone call from Pastor Barrett, the pastor from Pleasant Garden. In the midst of our flurry of decisions, that speaking opportunity has somewhat faded from my memory, but I was excited to hear how God had moved through their VBS. We chatted for a bit and then, so humbly and nonchalantly, Pastor Barrett broke the news…”Oh and by the way, we have a $10,000.00 check for you in the mail today.”

 

TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!?!?

 

My jaw and phone dropped in utter amazement. Tears came quickly and I attempted to formulate some sort of thank you to such astounding generosity. Oh me of little faith! The Lord is so faithful, how can we ever forget! 

 

That was the single-largest donation that we have ever received in the history of Save Our Sisters. The money was immediately put to use and the grading project is now underway! The thrill of breaking ground combined with enough funds to back it up; we are still beside ourselves. 

 

$11,000.00 in two days.

 

Sometimes His work through mystery might just be His way of leading us gently. Our shepherd, tending us to trust, calling us to Christ, leading us to love. What incredible joy we find in Him!

 

Over the course of the next few weeks, we shared this miracle with nearly everyone we talked too. The radio, college professors, grocery store donors- you name it. This is one story too great to hold within!

 

In part of the blessings of recounting such a miracle, we were given the opportunity to do so at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Thursday. Doctor Reid so graciously invited us to speak in one of his classes, re-telling of His mercy in our ministry. The five minutes that we shared on a stage in April led to one of the most unimaginable of gifts. How incredible it is to watch God weave circumstances together into such a beautiful tapestry only He could design. We loved our time sharing in the class, praying that this will  simply  be the first sharing on college campuses.

 

Thank you for taking the time to share in God’s goodness with us. Our prayer is that your hearts would be encouraged and you would continue to pray for our Moldovan brothers and sisters in Christ working so hard to make this dream a reality. Pray against the enemy’s attack within our ministry. Pray for the girls enslaved, and those to eventually live in our home someday.

 

We wait in great expectation for what’s to come. Grateful and full of Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    <html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><br><div><div><br></div><div>Girls, it is soooo exciting to hear how God is continuing to bless SOS and your heart for the victims of sexual slavery.</div><div><br></div>You know that we care deeply about this issue as well, and PRAISE GOD for His great blessings from our brothers and sisters in Christ!!</div><div><br></div><div>Well done, faithful servants.</div><div><br></div><div>lots of love,</div><div><br></div><div>Linda Burke<br><blockquote type="cite"><div> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="650" style="position: static; z-index: auto; "> <tbody><tr> <td bgcolor="#EAEAEA" class="h20" colspan="3" height="20" style="border-top-left-radius:5px; border-top-right-radius:5px"></td> </tr> <tr> <td bgcolor="#EAEAEA" class="w20" width="20"></td> <td> <table align="center" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; position: static; z-index: auto; " width="610"> <tbody><tr id="header"> <td height="60" style="font-family: ‘Helvetica Neue’,Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; font-size:24px" width="610"> <div id="logo_container"></div></td></tr><tr><td><table bgcolor="#FFFFFF" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="610" style="position: static; z-index: auto; "><tbody><tr><td width="16">Girls</td><td width="578"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" id="first_section" width="578" style="position: static; z-index: auto; "><tbody><tr><td><p>This post is scheduled to be posted in 3 minutes. Until then, it will remain private and hidden.</p> <div style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;"> <h1><a href="https://saveoursisterstoday.com/because-he-works-all-things-together-for-our&quot; style="color: #222; font-size: 20px; line-height: 20px; text-decoration: none;">Because He works all things together for our good….</a></h1> <div style="font-size: 11px; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 15px;"><p>Posted by all4hisglory</p></div> <div style="margin-bottom: 20px;"> As I sit down to write and reflect on the past month for SOS, my heart rests completely humbled. In the course of just four short weeks, our ministry has been completely revitalized by the incredible generosity and shepherding of those investing in SOS. God has shown us over and over again that "your ways are not my ways…" {Isaiah 55:8} and we must trust that He works through the ‘mysteries’ of faith. We’re so excited to share our hearts and the continuation of our story…. <div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>In July of this summer, SOS was presented with the opportunity to share with Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. This opportunity was birthed out of a speaking opportunity that we received at the NC Baptist Evangelism conference from Dr. Alvin Reid. He graciously allowed us to share a snippet of our story, even though he could’ve easily used all of the speaking time for himself. Little did we know that this would multiply into two separate speaking opportunities with two different churches in our states. One of those opportunities came from Pleasant Garden. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>Our team was so graciously given&nbsp;around 15 minutes to share in all 3 services that Sunday morning. We also spoke with the youth group as means of kicking off their VBS. We were greatly encouraged by our time with the gracious congregation, but honestly didn’t expect what God had in store. They planned SOS as their main VBS offering and I thought "Oh, that’s so sweet. But really, we will probably receive $150 in change." That obviously was not the right attitude, but my hopes weren’t too lofty for a mid-size Southern Baptist Church in Summerfield, NC. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>The following week, my sister and I hopped on an airplane to serve in Moldova. During our time in Moldova, we learned that a new mayor had been elected in the village where the home is located. He is a Christian and by God’s grace, He approved for the building of "pre-engineered" homes on the home site. This was such a significant decision, as it dropped the cost our project to around $30-35,000.00. With a much more attainable goal in mind, that alone encouraged us to keep going, running the race with perseverance only He provides. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>Off the&nbsp;heels of such an incredible trip {please see our summer update for more details}– our time spent at Pleasant Garden had definitely not been pressing hard on my mind.&nbsp;We returned with great passion and vision for the home project, that the outcome of our time there didn’t seem super significant<span class="095511901-23092012">. Little did we know that our lives would be changed by a kind congregation and passionate Pastor that&nbsp;simply&nbsp;believed in God’s work in&nbsp;our ministry. </span></p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>Meanwhile,&nbsp;during our time in Moldova, we realized the massive need to being the grading process. Without funds to proceed, the entire process stood at stalemate. Our immediate response was to call an SOS meeting to&nbsp;pray and follow God’s leading as to whether we should send $6,000.00&nbsp;out of our savings for the funding of this grading.&nbsp;Each of our families gathered together one Saturday night for this time. Siblings, parents, and&nbsp;the SOS gals&nbsp;crowded into our living room to pray and discuss. We felt the Spirit prompting us to step out in faith and send the check. For our slender bank account, this definitely would shape the need for intensive fundraising over the fall to regain what we had sent. A large burden, but we trusted that the Lord would not forsake us. All of the girls huddled outside on the porch, nodding in agreement that God was calling us to action. No sooner did a rainbow of promise fill the entire sky. A miracle of a rainbow,&nbsp;as it had not rained once all afternoon. Oh how the Lord works in mysterious ways. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>The next day in church we were approached by a sweet couple&nbsp;who has dedicated their lives to a similar mercy ministry. Unexpectedly, they handed us a check for $1,000.00. They shared that they had felt the Lord working in their hearts for some amount of time to give. Such heavenly timing of the donation. That one thousand dollars is now being used to fulfill the dream of planting trees all along the home property to provide vital shade and irrigation. Isaiah 61 parallels so poignantly. "…for they will be called Oaks of righteousness, for the display of His Splendor." Truly, this was to display His Splendor. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>After all of that excitement, I wasn’t sure that my heart could handle anything else. But the Lord fills to the overflowing and that next&nbsp;Monday morning my heart surged to the brim. I received a phone call from Pastor Barrett, the pastor&nbsp;from Pleasant Garden. In the midst of our flurry of decisions, that speaking opportunity has somewhat faded from my memory, but I was excited to hear how God had moved through their VBS. We chatted for a bit and then, so<strong><em> humbly and nonchalantly, Pastor Barrett broke the news…"Oh and by the way, we have a $10,000.00 check for you in the mail today." </em></strong> </p><p><strong><em></em></strong>&nbsp; </p><p>TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!?!? </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>My jaw and phone dropped in utter amazement.&nbsp;Tears came quickly and I attempted to formulate&nbsp;some sort of thank you to such astounding generosity. Oh me of little faith! The Lord&nbsp;is so faithful, how can we ever forget!&nbsp; </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>That&nbsp;was the single-largest donation that we have ever received&nbsp;in the history of Save Our Sisters.&nbsp;The money was immediately&nbsp;put to use and the grading project is now&nbsp;underway!&nbsp;The thrill of breaking ground combined with enough funds to back it up; we are still beside ourselves.&nbsp; </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>$11,000.00 in <em>two days</em>. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p><em>Sometimes&nbsp;His work through&nbsp;mystery might just be His way of leading us gently. Our shepherd, tending us to trust, calling us to Christ, leading us to love.</em> What incredible joy we find in Him! </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>Over the course of the next few weeks, we shared this miracle with nearly everyone we talked too. The radio, college professors, grocery store donors- you name it. This is one story <em>too great to hold within! </em> </p><p><em></em>&nbsp; </p><p>In part of the blessings of recounting such a miracle, we were given the opportunity to do so at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary on Thursday. Doctor Reid so graciously invited us to speak in one of his classes, re-telling of His mercy in our ministry. The five minutes that we shared on a stage in April led to&nbsp;<span class="516445600-24092012">one of&nbsp;</span>the most unimaginable of gifts. How incredible it is to watch God weave circumstances together into such a beautiful tapestry only He could design. We loved our time sharing in the class, praying that this will&nbsp;<span class="516445600-24092012">&nbsp;simply &nbsp;</span>be the first&nbsp;<span class="516445600-24092012">sharing&nbsp;</span>on college campuses. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>Thank you for taking the time to share in God’s goodness with us. Our prayer is that your hearts would be encouraged and you would continue to pray for our Moldovan brothers and sisters in Christ working so hard to make this dream a reality. Pray against the enemy’s attack within our ministry. Pray for the girls enslaved, and those to eventually live in our home someday. </p><div>&nbsp; <br class="webkit-block-placeholder"></div><p>We wait in great expectation for what’s to come. 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