Prepare

As seen at the Hope for Haiti blog.

Bridge built for missionaries.

Pass through, pass through the gates!

Prepare the way for the people.
Build up, build up the highway!
Remove the stones.
Raise a banner for the nations.
Isaiah 62:10
This bridge was not here before they came. But when the people heard missionaries were going to come, they hauled rocks for miles, dropped them in the gully, and used concrete to pave the way for the travelers. Will you help them build up more roads so the gospel can reach Haitians?  Pray God raises a banner between nations by building more roads to remote places.
By Mollie Bond

A lot of work, a lot of rocks, a lot of love.

Traveling Between Blunders and Blessings

As seen at The Christian Pulse, Posted: 08 Nov 2012 05:26 AM PST. The page with this article has since been taken down, but I am still grateful for The Christian Pulse.

It was the best worst day. I traveled by myself to downtown Chicago for the first time for an interview. I sent out oh-so-many applications and resumes. This was one of two companies that called back. I put on my dry-clean only clothes, prepared my answers, and gave myself pep-talks. While on the elevated train, I got a phone call from the interviewer. They cancelled. I got off at the next stop, and started the train ride into despair.

After the train ride, I still had a 20-minute drive home. While sulking, I didn’t retrieve my paid ticket. I couldn’t get out of the garage. I didn’t have $40 for a new ticket. I kept putting my credit card into the machine, praying for the gate to let me out.

Eventually, a garage employee found me crying. I couldn’t catch my breath to tell my story. She said she’d pay my way out. A single working mom footed my bill. I couldn’t believe it, and instantly felt guilty as a single person. As that gate lifted, my spirits did too. I wanted to take a minute to thank God for this employee.

I pulled into the nearest gas station and prayed. The car jolted when a woman hit my parked car. She recently lost her job and didn’t have money to fix the “fat lip” from a previous accident on her front bumper. It bounced me off my recent rise in spirits. It was the worst of days.

After I quit wallowing, God repaired everything in one swipe. Later I got the job without the interview. I was let out of the gate without paying extra and I never again forgot to grab my paid ticket. The woman who hit me gave me job tips that I passed along to others. The car was not damaged.

Those plans and the pep-talk I gave myself that morning could not have prepared me for that day, yet God made it successful.

QUOTE: “When men have done their worst and finished, it is the time for God to begin. And when God begins He is likely, with one blow, to reverse all that has been done without Him.” F.B. Meyer

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” (Proverbs 21:30 NIV).

Photo by Sergi Kabrera on Unsplash

© 2012, Mollie Bond. All rights reserved. Published at www.molliebond.org.

Abilities

Painting a Gate is an Ability

“The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.”  Acts 11:29

What are you good at?  Maybe you can paint a gate.  Maybe it’s being a doctor, or a farmer, or an electrician, or a teacher.  Maybe it’s sewing.  Your ability can be used by God to directly effect another human in Haiti.  Even if you can’t visit, you can sew shoe bags and fill them with supplies for the new school year.  Or you can send funds to make sure people have a mule for transportation.  Make it a challenge:  can you give a goat to a Haitian family this Christmas?  Be sure to check out the projects page for more ideas on how God can use you according to your ability at the Projects Page at the Hope for Haiti website.