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"Your rent is expected to rise by 200% next month. Prepare to pay double for your unit.”
The broker's grim words laid heavy on my husband and me as first-year missionaries in Singapore. We were strangers in a foreign land, and now we couldn’t afford rent. Fear gripped me and questions flooded my mind. Where would we go? How could we afford to move? What about my children? Oh, Lord, help!
Life was relatively stable when we had our own place in the Philippines. During this time, we committed to spreading the Gospel through radio and obeying God by moving wherever He led. My husband, young boys ages nine and six, and I left the comfort and security of our home to embark on a missionary adventure to the island nation of Singapore. After a year on the island, rental costs began to skyrocket and affordable housing was suddenly scarce. Other ministry colleagues were forced to move out in search of lower-cost units, but we couldn't even cover the moving costs.
At this point, I wanted to cry out, "Lord, why have you brought us here?" But that was just it: He called us to this place. He would provide.
Soon after, my husband and I were surprised our landlord wanted to speak with us. It turned out that he wasn't going to raise our rent for the following year! In fact, God made a way for us to remain there for our entire missionary journey. Despite the modest financial support we received and the overall high cost of living, God blessed us with more than enough. I am happy to share that our kindhearted landlord eventually came to faith in Jesus Christ. In fact, God created a vibrant spiritual community there that continues to this day.
The Lord asked His disciples this question:
"When I sent you out to preach the Good News and you did not have money, a traveler’s bag, or an extra pair of sandals, did you need anything?” "No," they replied. (NLT)
I, too, confirm that my family and I needed for nothing and received complete provision from the Lord.
The Lord's abundant faithfulness is evident in each divine provision, big or small. His faithfulness gives one courage to face the unknown. His grace is always sufficient, and His timing is always perfect.
My husband and I are now about to embark on a new chapter in our journey—retirement. Although we recognize the uncertainty of the future, we know through experience that God is our Provider.
Scripture is quoted from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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