When I left the office on January 27th, the area finances looked grim. We had a deficit of $34,000 and upcoming monthly expenses somewhere around $21,000, and we had only raised $5,000. This put us close to $50,000 in deficit, 50% pay for staff, and talks of shutting the area down. Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep that night. I had done everything I could think of: I had prayed, called, emailed, met with, and even written handwritten letters to as many people as I could, and still we sat at $5,000 raised.
Just then I was reminded of how God shows up in big ways in moments like this throughout the Bible. Whether it's Daniel in the lions’ den, or David vs. Goliath, or the winds and the crashing waves over a small boat on the Sea of Galilee; God always shows up at just the right time. I woke up Sunday like a kid on Christmas morning, anxiously waiting for my God to show up. Then it happened! A donor called and said he wanted to give a matching gift of $30,000! Wow! That helped a ton, but wouldn't get us out of the hole completely. Then I met with a guy who said he would give $15,000!
What happened next is simply incredible. Emails went out and people responded left and right...email after email, phone call after phone call, money started pouring in to the tune of $20,000! In just over 24 hours, a grand total of $65,000 came into our area. That’s amazing! I have never seen anything like it. God is clearly moving in our area and I want to thank each of you for your prayers, support, and efforts to make this possible.
Let’s not stop here. Let’s keep pushing! How awesome and crazy would it be if we went from being in the hole almost $50,000 to being in the black $50,000?! I believe God is just that kind of God, so let’s keep going and see where this crazy God ride takes us!
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-Jawaan Ballard (Area Director)
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