A pretty amazing set of things happened on Wednesday night.
I was coming home from a soccer practice and checked the mail Among lots of catalogs, advertisements, and bills there were two envelopes that looked more significant. The first of the ones that I read was a letter from a student in our youth ministry. Stefanie just graduated and is headed off to college. For whatever reason she felt compelled to write me a note to share her feelings about the ministry that I've done at Grace. It was amazing! She basically 'received' and felt all the things I hope that students will feel from me and our ministry. She spoke of her "never feeling guilty for her questions", "experiencing an open and inviting atmosphere", and "always knowing she could return even if her life was a mess." That's exactly what I've hoped to build and be for students. It was so amazing to receive and I'm so thankful that she took the time to do it.
Then, I opened another small envelope from a family that I didn't recognize their name. Inside was a kind note and a very generous check to help with Ubuntu Sports Outreach. Apparently these people are friends of Sarah's parents and they just wanted to be a part of what we are doing. It was so incredible to get a gift from people we have never met. They obviously believe in the vision of the ministry.
Both of these things really humbled me. They both showed me how faithful God is. Every time that I am temped to get discouraged about this journey God does something to inspire me and keep me motivated and trusting Him. He is continually reminding me that he is in control and will provide what we need.
After I got myself up off the floor I was able to walk forward believing and trusting that God will not leave us or forsake God. Thanks be to God that when he calls us he joins us on the journey and provides what we need.