Thursday, February 16, 2012

6-Year Old Gives $3 Gift

The kids bury Elaina in corn at a local corn maze.

We are rejoicing in God’s goodness in how he moved our friend Elaina to freely give $3 of her own money to help us get to Suriname. It may seem like a small gift, but it is very large considering who gave it, and that she freely chose to give it.

This reminds me of the simple gift of a child many years ago. Jesus used the five barley loaves & two little fish of a boy (John 6) to do the impossible. He multiplied the modest meal so that it fed 5,000 men & their families--perhaps a total of 20,000 or more people--and still, they gathered up 12 baskets full of bread fragments. We see a small measure of God’s abundant grace in how everyone had his fill, and still there was so much left over. Likewise, God is able to multiply small gifts, such as Elaina’s, to accomplish his purposes. Our hope is in the all-gracious, all-rich God! And we are delighted to receive such small gifts.


  1. Hi, I am Bethany Woods. You met my husband Paul at the Founder's Conference last week. We look forward to meeting you in May when you come to our home. If you have any free time between now and then we would love to have you come sooner just to visit (and share more with our family). My 9 year old daughter is certain that she will be a missionary. We want her to learn all she can about the REAL life of missions. If you are curious about our family you can learn a lot about us through our blog (which is mostly written by me...).


    1. Thanks,
      Yeah, I had a great time talking with Paul. We are still filling our schedule. I'm sure we will be headed that way, perhaps before May. Whenever we do, we will check your availability, even if for a short visit.
      Christ's Joy to you,