In the scriptures the Macedonians were the poorest of poor yet the Word says they gave beyond their ability. While in West Virginia I am reminded of this scripture. The joint income for two is $24,000 a year. Yet in this place of great need, God is working greatly. I am humbled by the unity of the pastors in prayer and the study of the Word. There are wonderful city servants that are seeking to give their resources to help bring much needed services of medical care and development. God has raised up some amazing business leaders who have a heart for God and the least.
Most of all I’m humbled by Jimmie, a 92 years old resident of Monticello, an area of the city that is in great need. Jimmie has given the ministry a house that will be a lighthouse for the Lord in this strategic community in Clarksburg. She serves her neighbor who is very ill, she helps serve food to the volunteers who serve her community but most of all she loves people. She welcomed us as her family.
I am also overwhelmed by Thelma’s dreams for her community. One of her children was murdered. When I asked her about her dreams for her life she said she wanted to have a home someday for troubled youth to have a safe haven. Thelma came to know the Lord through BridgeBuilders just this past year and already her heart is filled with a desire to give back.
Lord, help us to give with such joy and abandon. There is no limit to what God will give to those who will be a conduit of his resources and blessings. The Lord is doing an amazing work in Clarksburg, West Virginia and through the faith and faithfulness of the remnant who are praying, sharing the gospel, serving and giving with all their hearts.
A.W. Tozer says “God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity we plan to do only the things that we can do by ourselves.”