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I thought I should share a testimony of God’s faithfulness. Perhaps one of you needs to know it. It has to do with money, which is like, a taboo topic to people of the western world. I don’t believe in that and I won’t hide the way Papa God has been blessing me.

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About a month ago, God spoke to me about giving away some money to an individual. I gave away about $500 (3,000 kronor). That, for me—for most people, I think—is kind of a lot. It was a sacrifice. I knew it would hurt and wanted it to, honestly. Sacrifice implies cost; means loss. If you look it up, the definition of sacrifice is the slaughtering of something—a person, an animal. A death.  The people I told about this (which were very few) supported me, but let me know that they thought it was pretty risky—it’s no secret that I rely on supporters for my “paycheck” and Norway is the most expensive country in the world (and, in case you were wondering, the US dollar isn't doing so hot). Some weeks later, I had set aside some money—not as much, to be my nest egg for Norway…my budget for the month before I left for outreach, if you will. We had some visitors from a YWAM base in Romania come and speak with us and we took a monetary offering for them… long story short, I gave away all my money that I had set aside. Haha! I did not tell anyone this.

Two days after I had given away this second amount, I came into my room one night and someone had anonymously left double the amount in kronor of what I had given (the smaller amount that I had set aside for the rest of lecture phase).  Very early the next morning, I skype with my mama. Do you know what this woman tells me? That I am getting $500 (3,000 NOK) back in taxes. (From the time I was 16 and started working, I have never gotten money from taxes….ever.)  This was the exact amount that had hurt so much to give a few weeks before.  

Moral of the story:  God gets the glory. Here I am, a young American woman in Norway. I’ve put myself in a position many people would call unwise (not getting paid for what I do and completely out of reach of family and friends). But I’m sitting here telling you that that idea is wrong. The world’s thinking is wrong. Security is not in what you do, how much you earn or even where you are. Security is in trust. Trust in one person alone, Jesus. My trust in Him leads me to obedience because I KNOW that when He tells me to do and say and give more than I think that I can that He will not leave me disappointed. I just want to know this more than I do now. I want to grow in this. He knows before we sacrifice money, before we sacrifice our time, that we will be given it back in some way. But the question is, will we give up that control and just trust him? Let Him “slaughter” us a bit?    ….Hm.

I challenge you to put yourself in a position that people think is crazy. I dare you to get yourself to the place where you need God. He will not disappoint.

Prayer requests:

Tourist visa application for India!!

Tourist visa application for India!!

  • On Sunday, we begin teaching on Missions through something called Kairos Course. This is a really intense school with program all through the day and night and homework. Please pray for our rest and focus in this time. It is such a critical subject, especially as we approach the day we leave Norway and really “do” mission work in the world.
  • 21 visas are being processed at the Indian Embassy at Oslo now! Pray for quick approvals and no complications!
  • We leave for outreach in less than a month! For my team, we are still quite unsure about destinations, ministries and contacts in Tanzania & Kenya. Pray that we would have clarity and favor in these countries.
  • Wisdom for me on what to do with my summer after the DTS is finished!

Much love,

Melissa

Experimenting with ad/brochure options for an international church...and maybe Backpack DTS? :) Tonje, Norway and Wouter, Netherlands (that's my backpack and longboard, by the way). :):)

Experimenting with ad/brochure options for an international church...and maybe Backpack DTS? :)
Tonje, Norway and Wouter, Netherlands (that's my backpack and longboard, by the way). :):)

My dear Romanian friend, Ani and I in Stavanger.

My dear Romanian friend, Ani and I in Stavanger.

On the island of Bru.

On the island of Bru.

Sometimes, when you read the Bible all day, you need to loosen up.

Sometimes, when you read the Bible all day, you need to loosen up.

A small part of our school at Bru! On a mountain...thing. 

A small part of our school at Bru! On a mountain...thing. 

At Dorkas, the girls house, making pie for the first time in our lives! :) Such a precious lady. And mm, mm were they good!

At Dorkas, the girls house, making pie for the first time in our lives! :) Such a precious lady. And mm, mm were they good!