Why should I be amazed when God answers prayers of faith? Yet, the Lord’s response always astonishes me. On the morning of September 24, I received an email from a person who I did not know. Never heard of her.
The email reads, “Through friends of friends of friends on Facebook, I became aware of Pastor Stanley in Bugoma, Kenya. A Google search brought me to your church and the blessing of a bicycle being provided by one of your members. As I look to the Lord in ways I can be a blessing to His church in third world countries, are you able to share how you become acquainted with Pastor Stanley? Thanks so much.
Grace is from Rochester, New York. We chit-chatted back and forth through email. I explained in detail how I met and have corresponded with Pastor Stanley. I couldn’t believe it (O Lord, help my unbelief!) when she sent me this email later in the evening.
As a result of a brief review by my pastor, Pastor Jay Parkman of Browncroft Baptist Church, last night at prayer and Bible study, I was led to give $1,000 to my pastor to send via Western Union to Pastor Stanley. He called Pastor Stanley to tell him that the money was being wired, however the connection was very poor and their contact is better via Facebook/email. Pastor Jay met Pastor Stanley on Facebook as well several months ago. He and his ministry was immediately placed on our prayer list. He was so impressed with Pastor Stanley's heart for Jesus that he personally sent some support.
Last night, Pastor Jay said that Celeste (Pastor Stanley’s wife) was ill and requesting prayer. It wasn't until your note just now that I realized that she contracted malaria six weeks ago. Pastor Stanley sent a picture of their new church building under construction displaying the studs on the church to which the iron sheeting will be attached. He also sent several pictures of the orphan children that they minister to. I have attached them to this note.
God is so good, Thanks for forwarding your information. I am looking to the Lord to see how He would have me assist Pastor Stanley in this work.
From Pastor White: The seed sown in Pastor Stan-ley’s ministry by John and Debbie Lane to fund the Pastor a bicycle has grown and grown. Connie Saxon from Birmingham sent $100 to be sent to the Pastor through North Columbia. And, Pastor Mark Taylor, Friendship United Methodist Church, Augusta, GA, sends monthly support after learning about Pastor Stanley and Celeste through our ministry.
Pastor Stanley sends all of you a message of gratitude.
Dear Pastor Dan, I am so happy to hear from you again. May the Lord bless you so much. I have looked at the link you sent me and learned many things about Sister Terri Gibbs. I am encouraged by her, and I hope that her book will bless my heart. I thank God for your friend, Sister Connie from Birmingham, Alabama, and for her support to my mission work. May the Lord bless her so much. May the Lord be a blessing to you, your church, and your newsletter readers. Again, we are all fine here, and God is doing a great work in our lives God bless you dear brother in Christ. Say hello to your dear wife. Thank you very much. May the Lord bless you so much. God is doing great things here. I thank Him so much for bringing you in my life. With the gift from Rochester, NY, of $900 we will purchase the iron sheets for our Church to cover the studs. We now are putting on the roof. Oh God is good! May the Lord bless you so much.
Please take a moment to prayer for Pastor Stanley, his wife, daughter, the little children, and his ministry. Pray for them regularly. If the Holy Spirit should impress upon you to help fund Pastor Stanley and his work in Kenya, we will be happy to wire the funds on through to him. Make your check out to North Columbia Church and designate “missions.”
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