Some of the greatest miracles in scripture are those that are collaborative in nature. Often, if asked to describe a miracle, we define it as a solitary, supernatural act of the divine. And it can be. But not always.
God could have eliminated Goliath singlehandedly. Yet, He chose to use a shepherd boy.
God could have healed the blinded eye instantly. Yet, the man had to go wash in the pool.
God asked Rahab to hang a scarlet chord out the window.
God asked Naaman to dip seven times in the Jordan.
Miracles we don’t participate in are often not appreciated as much.
It is human involvement that procures the appreciation for the supernatural element. Every servant involved with hauling the water sincerely appreciates the fact that the Master turned it to wine.
God could do it without man. And yes, man could never do it without God. However, I am grateful for the times God chooses to collaborate with us to accomplish the work. Some of our favorite stories emerge from settings such as that.
Let me share one...
A $96.00 Miracle
Earlier in the month of May, we sent our first appeal for support on behalf of the APCB. As you recall, we were in a desperate situation. With $58,000 worth of debt on our back, and monthly commitments of $4,000, we needed a miracle. God — AND HIS PEOPLE— began responding together in an incredible fashion. I want to share one particular example with you.
Rev. Toufic Azar, lead missionary to the country of Beirut, Lebanon, sent the following message to me:
“Wanted to let you to know that our little church in Beirut dedicated this past Sunday’s offering for the church in Belize. It was in the amount of LL143,000 equivalent to $96. I was very proud and thankful for our little church partnering with the mission work in Belize. We want our church in Beirut to be part of the work there!“
I have had the privilege of visiting the Apostolics of Beirut a couple of times. This congregation is comprised of many displaced refugees. What an example of sacrifical giving. One may ask: "In the grand scheme of things, what is $96.00 compared to the $58,000 need?" My answer: "Never before has $96.00 been worth so much."
In the economy of the Kingdom, this is MASSIVE. In the same way that Jesus noticed the widows mite, He is watching this sacrificial offering. Little is much when God collaborates with it.
It is my prayer that God blesses the AOB bountifully. Check their ministry website out here: www.apostolicsofbeirut.com
Financial Update for APCB
The response to our appeal for support last month has been overwhelming:
$27,100 for debt elimination. (Balance $30,900)
$980.00 towards June’s monthly support.
Because of your sacrificial giving, we will be able to service almost 50% of our debt! We have initiated the process of paying off a mortgage that was included in the $58,000.
Want to Get Involved?
If you feel God leading you to partner with us, you can do so by sending donations through the following venues:
“I AM Foundation” — Care of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Belize.
The WPF — Care of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Belize.
Or, by online donations @ www.belizemissions.com
All checks can be made payable to the Apostolic Pentecostal Church, PO Box 88, Presque Isle, Maine, 04769
As funds are donated, we will update our website. Visit www.belizemissions.com/get-involved for the latest.
THANK YOU for helping preserve the future of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Belize. We are eternally grateful for your willingness to collaborate WITH God in this endeavour.