“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
Our student mission team was in Nashville. We were headed to a church to provide music, puppets, skits, and help with a VBS and later present our ministry at an assisted living complex. We had completed several presentations along the way, and this would be our last stop. The plan was for our team to sleep in a church-owned home that had plenty of beds and couches to provide us with some rest. After we finished VBS, we discovered the house had been emptied and fumigated to prepare for a sale. We gathered the team together and prayed for God to provide. We completed our last ministry presentation and were packing up the bus when a patient at the home wheeled up to me and thanked us for presenting the Gospel. This several-story complex was huge, and a great crowd was there for the ministry. She asked if she could give us some money, and I politely said it was unnecessary; we were here to serve the Lord. She was quite insistent and told me to wait while she went to her room to get us an offering. When she left, I told a nurse what was happening and let her know that we were not soliciting funds. The nurse laughed and told me this individual had millions, and if she wanted to do something for us – let her – she’s in her right mind. Before we emptied the chapel space, she was back with an envelope.
We thanked her and prayed with her; the nurse standing behind this lady was giving us a unique smile. We finished loading the bus of equipment and hopped on board—all eyes on me. Word gets around. I opened the envelope, and there was enough cash to pay for our hotel rooms for the night. The group of students, and I, will never forget God’s provision for the mission!
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