Final Land Payment Made

February 19, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Brothers and sisters,

            It is with overwhelming emotions that I write this letter to you.  Many, many things have occurred in just the last few weeks.  As many of you have been following by email updates, we have been on our knees begging the Lord for the rest of the money needed to secure the base for the Luzeiro Project here in Manaus, Brazil, in the heart of the Amazon.  We daily see the overwhelming need for Jesus’ love to reach the dark corners of the rivers.  We daily pray and plead with the Lord for His financial provisions to make this program move forward as quickly as possible to reach the souls dying on the rivers.

 Story in Review

             We purchased a piece of property by faith on October 31, 2008 after the Lord miraculously provided the downpayment.  We moved forward in fear and trembling, never having promised to pay such a large amount of money before and having nothing in our hands.  Though we had empty hands, we had full hearts: God had given us EVERY indication of His will to move forward and purchase this property.  We read so many encouraging writings in the Bible and Sister White, encouraging us to step out in faith, grasp the hand of God, and move forward in aggressive warfare to win souls for Christ.  The very day I signed the contract of purchase with the seller, the money came in to make the next promised downpayment.  THE VERY DAY I signed, God sent $93,000 USD to pay for the next installment!  We were so thrilled and overjoyed.  We wept together and were so thrilled to see God leading.

            The final payment of $93,000 was due on December 17.  The day came and went and we received nothing.  We spent the whole day reflecting and praying to God, trying to nudge Him to remember the promise to pay the land.  Nothing.  Doubt tried to creep into our minds, friends called questioning and doubting God’s guidance. We had to cling hard to the promises of God.  We searched the scriptures and only found words of encouragement.  We read from Sister White again and again words to encourage us to move forward for God and cling to His promises, even if delay occurred.  We trusted, and prayed, and prayed, and trusted.  And waited.

            During this time the seller was very calm, patient, and understanding.  We talked often and I always prayed with him, reminded him of what God had done, and then told him I had no more money.  Each time he would smile and say that is okay, I know God is leading in this, I will be patient and trust in Him.  Towards the end of December he contacted me with an immediate need for $50,000 Brazilian reais, around $22,000 USD.  A friend loaned us the money to make the payment and that very month our donations were much more abundant then ever before, giving just short of that amount to repay the loan.  Again we rejoiced in God.  He had once again met the need.  With financial help from our ministry, Gospel Ministries International, we were able to pay back the whole loan. 

            We now owed the final $150,000 Brazilian reais, about $65,000. (The exchange rate is extremely volatile and changing daily.)  We continued praying and begging the Lord.  We received so many emails of encouragement, you all, our brothers in Christ, praying all around the world.       

God Comes Through

Yesterday, February 18, two months and one day late on the payment, the seller came to talk to me again.  He finally gave me an ultimatum.  He told me how badly he needed the money.  He told me how he had taken a loan out to build his next project and he already owed nearly $9,000 USD of interest.  Daily the interest was accruing and he was feeling quite stressed.  He told me he would do everything in his power to not pass the interest on to me, even though I was the cause of it, because he was convinced this was God’s work.  He told me that if I could pay within one week the rest of the money, he would pay the interest himself as a donation to the program.  If not, he would begin passing the interest to me, along with an addition 10% per month.

            We went to the Lord again.  In prayer we told the Lord that this was His land, His project, and His ability to be praised.  The very day that I met with the seller I received an email, in the morning.  A donation of $100,000 Brazilian reais was coming our way!!!  Overwhelmed with joy we all met together here in Brazil and thanked the Lord for His provisions.  I then reminded the Lord, there is still $50,000 Brazilian reais more to come.  With total confidence in His provisions, we thanked Him for what He was going to do this week.  Yesterday evening the next email came.  Two more donors combined were donating to form exactly the $50,000 reais left to pay!!!!! 

            Words can not express the joy we have in our hearts.  God, in His ultimate wisdom, waited to the very last day to provide the full amount!  We are so thrilled to have lived this experience of seeing God work, first hand.  We are so thrilled to be able to share with you all a living testimony of what God can do and wants to do so that we, His children, can finish the work.  Please join us in praising His name for His wonderful works among the children of men.  Please read the beautiful following excerpt from Sister White:

            “God in His providence brought the Hebrews into the mountain fastnesses before the sea, that He might manifest His power in their deliverance and signally humble the pride of their oppressors. He might have saved them in any other way, but He chose this method in order to test their faith and strengthen their trust in Him. The people were weary and terrified, yet if they had held back when Moses bade them advance, God would never have opened the path for them. It was “by faith” that “they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land.” Hebrews 11:29. In marching down to the very water, they showed that they believed the word of God as spoken by Moses. They did all that was in their power to do, and then the Mighty One of Israel divided the sea to make a path for their feet

     The great lesson here taught is for all time. Often the Christian life is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before and bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, “Go forward.” We should obey this command, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness, and we feel the cold waves about our feet. The obstacles that hinder our progress will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Those who defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty disappears and there remains no risk of failure or defeat, will never obey at all. Unbelief whispers, “Let us wait till the obstructions are removed, and we can see our way clearly;” but faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things. 

     The cloud that was a wall of darkness to the Egyptians was to the Hebrews a great flood of light, illuminating the whole camp, and shedding brightness upon the path before them. So the dealings of Providence bring to the unbelieving, darkness and despair, while to the trusting soul they are full of light and peace. The path where God leads the way may lie through the desert or the sea, but it is a safe path.”  Patriarchs and Prophets pg 290

            Dear brothers, we must learn to trust God now.  We must learn to step forward in faith and take hold of the everlasting hand of Christ.

 

God Bless,

Brad Mills – Program Director

 

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