The Invitation Part 5

Written by Tina

August 21, 2012

2 Timothy 3: 14 & 15 tells us, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” Now this was Paul writing to Timothy, but I have felt a strong pull toward Paul’s writings and words as well as the way he lived his life.

Welcome to another installment of God’s invitation to Dan and myself to join him in Gembu, Nigeria at GECHAAN, a HIV/AIDS Ministry.

In 2008 with losing our Construction-based business we were faced with the reality that we had more than a million dollars in debt that we were not able to pay due to not having our business anymore.  Within weeks after losing the business Dan was working 5 jobs and we gradually started chipping away at our bills, but really didn’t see how we could ever pay off our business debt.  We decided we had no other option but to file for bankruptcy.  We did, slogged through it, worked like crazy, and spent as little as possible for 3 years.  God was so good to bring Financial Peace University into our lives and we began to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

At this time, with financial pressures subsiding a bit, we both just got a sense that God may be calling us to a new area of ministry.  We looked into many opportunities and openings.  We really didn’t know if it was where we were serving, Edinbrook Church, or elsewhere.  We definitely felt God wanted us to be doing SOMETHING, we just didn’t have a clue!

In August of 2011 we attended the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit and there it was confirmed to us that God WAS leading us somewhere, and that we were willing to go or do whatever He was asking us to.  In one of the sessions, we were given broken pottery shards and told to write on them what we felt God was saying to us in our brokenness.  I wrote, “I am willing to stay or go”.  Dan wrote, “I am willing”.  Now we knew God definitely was going to do something to change our course, and we were willing to pursue any options put before us – together.

My point for today is this.  How can we know where God is leading us?  We won’t find out until we are broken and willing.  Then we can be used to do His work.


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