So my wife and I were just talking about all the things that have happened in the last couple years to get us to where we are–the point of actually raising support to go to the mission field! Even typing that excites me! And while we were verbally listing what God has brought us to and through I realized that in my presence scripture was being fulfilled for us because…
At one time all the things that we were listing, were things that I saw as impossible mountains in front of us. There was a time when I truly had no idea how God was going to get Bianca excited with me about working on the mission field. I had no idea how God was going to help us sell our Pittsburgh house in 9 days at our highest asking price. I had no idea how God was going to sustain our family through seminary and I definitely had no idea how God was going to get me through such a rigorous 4 year masters program at a school like Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. All of those and more were huge mountains in front of us at one time but now…those mountains aren’t there anymore, they’re behind us today. My impossible mountains have moved and today I had to stop and be in awe of how God’s strength literally – moved my mountains.
Today new mountains have come and replaced the old ones. Some would say these ones are bigger. But the lesson still sticks for me. I have to remember how God has done this before. I think that is the reflex God wants in his children. He wants us to remember and not recoil. He wants us to focus not on what we have to do but on what he has already done before. So, when it comes to preparing as a family for cross cultural ministry in a foreign place, I believe God is going to do that because He has prepared us in the past. When it comes to forming a detailed ministry strategy for how we will best build up the church in Latin America, God is going to do that because He has helped with that in the past and When it comes to raising support so we can help plant churches and build up more leaders in Panama, God is going to do that. I have to trust and believe that those mountains are going to move just like the last ones did – by his power and strength. And we are already seeing that happen.
In the past 2 weeks while I was finishing my very last class at TEDS and attending training with Bianca in Minnesota for ReachGlobal, we saw our support quadruple! Now it only went from 1% of actual money to 4% but to us that is pretty big! Because that means there are real people standing behind us with their hands on our back saying that they believe in us, our mission and our God! So it is already beginning! More mountains are moving even as you read. What mountains are in front of you today? What mountains have been there before?
Matthew 17: 20
20 … Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Jesus Christ
God Bless! – Jon Fowler