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Little Is Much

Rachel Hannah YatesWhen I read a story like the one about Nurpu Lama (Transmissions, summer 2011), my heart is touched and burns with compassion to do something to help the people in their trying circumstances. I ask myself, "What can I do with my limited resources? I have so ‘little.'" Then God reminds me that when I give, He multiplies. Consequently, I don't need to be anxious about giving of my means for the salvation of others, because God always supplies all my needs and so much more. He blesses me with money, food and clothes, and most of all, spiritual gifts.

When I read the letters from AWR that tell how the combined gifts from other donors and me have made life-changing differences in other people's lives, I praise God for what He is doing. The more I give, the more I receive; then I share my resources again, which God uses to reach souls, then He blesses me again so that I can continue to give. The circle of giving and receiving keeps going around and around, and the end results are so spectacular!

I enjoy giving a donation to AWR because when I give, I am actually sharing Jesus. The money is used to buy airtime, build radio stations, produce programs in native languages, train workers, and so forth.

God has unlimited resources to supply all my needs, and sometimes I have experienced some rather unusual answers to my prayers. I remember the time I was having some financial difficulties, and God performed a miracle and supplied me with some much-needed money. I had two cars break down while I was out doing missionary work for Jesus. The enemy was trying to discourage me, and he was putting thoughts in my mind that God had forsaken me.

It was Sabbath, and some of my friends and I had stayed after church to have some Christian fellowship. I was trying hard not to let my mind drift to my money worries. We were sitting around a table, just talking about spiritual things and sharing. I slipped my shoes off to relax a bit. Someone said they were cold, so I volunteered to adjust the air conditioner. When I returned to my seat, I put my foot in my shoe. I felt something stiff, like paper. I was puzzled. I looked around to see if anyone was watching, but no one seemed to be paying attention.

I waited until our gathering was over and I was alone to investigate what was in my shoe. To my delight, I found a generous amount of money. God had impressed one of my friends to share with me. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). We should not worry that we will become destitute when we give of our income to God. He may allow us to get down to our last dollar, but that is when God will perform one of those marvelous miracles for which only He gets the praise.

Perhaps one of the most wonderful joys that we will experience after receiving our crown from Jesus will be to know that we had a part in leading some of the redeemed ones to Christ. The privations, the frustrations, the sweat, the tears, and the hard work that at times tried our very souls will seem so little then.

by Rachel Hannah Yates

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