Thursday, October 20, 2011

GOD'S PROVISION

God can and will use anything to meet our needs.  If He can use ravens to feed one of His prophets in Bible times, then He can even use a Muslim to meet the needs of His children.

Paul's "tricycle"

Anyone who has visited us in Uganda will remember Bro. Paul.  He became crippled when he contracted polio at a young age, but this has not stopped him from being faithful.  He got saved and started coming to our church when we didn't even have our own church building and were renting a store front in Masaka town.  About 1 1/2 years ago God gave us a burden for the people on the Kalangala Islands in Lake Victoria, and our church began praying for a man to minister there.  Bro. Paul stepped forward and volunteered.  To get there, he has to take a taxi van to the ferry, take a ferry across the waters, and get on another taxi or piki-piki (public motorcycle transport) that will take him to the preaching point.  This involves crawling from transport to transport, but he is a willing servant of God.  Between the support from the Masaka church and our family, he is able to make this trip twice a month. 

Last week while Bro. Paul was in Kalangala, he was praying for the opportunity to return the following week as many of the people he has been ministering to were returning to the mainland the end of October for one reason or another.  On the way to Masaka, he sat beside a Muslim man and tried witnessing to him.  The Muslim man said, "I know you want me to get saved, but I don't want to get saved, so you are going to have to change the topic of conversation."  Paul did, but still managed to insert the Gospel a little bit here and there.  Upon arriving back in Masaka, as he was leaving the taxi van, the Muslim man asked Paul to wait.  The Muslim handed him 50,000/= ($17) and told him to go back to Kalangala like he wanted to and preach the Gospel.  One of our village pastors has pledged 30,000/= ($10) to help with the purchase of a life jacket for him to wear when on the ferry, as the waters sometimes get rough.

A church in Rhode Island helped outfit this "motor-tricycle" for Paul.
When a ministry is opened up before you, step up to the task and let God provide your needs.

"But my God SHALL supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Phil. 4:19

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