When Adoniram Judson, America's first overseas missionary, was preparing to depart. there was a need for immediate funds to send the missionaries. Two leaders were discussing the financial support needed to send the missionaries:
"An opportunity unexpectedly offered for sending missionaries to India... There was a (short time) for preparation, and but five hundred dollars were in the treasury; while eight or ten thousand must be raised in this interval. Yet it was decided that they should go...
The first leader said... "I fear you are going too fast. I doubt if we shall have the means to pay the sum which we must borrow."
The second said: "There is money enough in the churches"...
First: "I know that very well but how will you get it?"
Second: "The Lord has the key!"
One member took these notes regarding the raising of the funds:
"The Lord made it to be remembered that the silver and gold are his. The hearts of the people are wonderfully opened; money flowed in from all quarters; and by the time the [ship] sailed, the committee were able to meet all expenses of fitting out the missionaries..."
Stories like this give us the courage to trust the Lord in raising money (as all money flows from the Lord) as well as in ministry to those to whom we are going.
Listen to David Platt tell the story here.
Reflect on: Isaiah 60
"Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you."
Expert Source: The earnest man: a memoir of Adoniram Judson, pg 42-44
Picture Source: AZ Quotes