This gospel ministry will be funded by cheerful believers as they purpose in their hearts to give (2 Cor 9:6-8). We are in all things instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. We believe godliness with contentment is great gain, and we must continue to learn, in whatsoever state we are, therewith to be content. Our confidence is in the Lord, who will supply all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Growing up in a missionary home, it was not uncommon to hear of some missionaries hiding their true convictions on various doctrines, in order to secure the financial support of churches holding to opposite views. This is a shamefully dishonest way to go about financing a gospel ministry. We will be honest in our approach to funding (Rom 12:17). The reason I have opened up about who we are and what we believe is because we want to partner with those who share our vision, or at the very least, are sympathetic with our teachings and/or aims. By no means do we expect all believers to financially support this type of gospel ministry. We respect that, and only ask that you join with us in prayer for the Lord’s blessings on gospel preaching. Henceforth, we do not have a hidden agenda. If you would like to partner with us in our vision, then together we will strive to honour Christ, to make His gospel known to sinners and to build up the saints of God in their most holy faith.

George Muller (1805-1898) was a man who walked by faith, caring for more than 10,000 orphans during his lifetime, establishing over one hundred schools which provided a Christian education to more than 120,000 children, and who became a missionary at the age of 70, traveling to more than 30 countries over a 17 year period.

I would like to close with some of the challenging and encouraging lessons he learned through a lifetime of depending on the Lord to give “daily bread”:

1. What it means to do the work of God in the right way:

“It is not enough to obtain means for the work of God, but that these means should be obtained in God’s way. To ask unbelievers for means is not God’s way; to press even believers to give, is not God’s way; but the duty and the privilege of being allowed to contribute to the work of God should be pointed out, and this should be followed up with earnest prayer, believing prayer, and will result in the desired end.”

2. What it means to become a partner in the gospel ministry:

“Believers should seek more and more to enter into the grace and love of God, in giving His only begotten Son, and into the grace and love of the Lord Jesus, in giving Himself in our room, in order that, constrained by love and gratitude, they may be increasingly led, to surrender their bodily and mental strength, their time, gifts, talents, property, position in life, rank, and all they have and are to the Lord. By this I do not mean, that they should give up their business, trade, or profession, and become preachers; nor do I mean that they should take all their money and give it to the first beggar who asks for it; but that they should hold all they have and are, for the Lord, not as owners, but as stewards, and be willing, at His bidding, to use for Him, part or all, they have. However short the believer may fall, nothing less than this should be his aim.”

3. What it means to be a steward of God’s riches:

“It is the Lord’s order, that, whatever way He is pleased to make us His stewards, whether as to temporal or spiritual things, if we are indeed acting as stewards and not as owners, He will make us stewards over more. Even in this life, and as to temporal things, the Lord is pleased to repay those, who act for Him as stewards, and who contribute to His work or to the poor, as He may be pleased to prosper them. But how much greater is the spiritual blessing we receive, both in this life and in the world to come, if constrained by the love of Christ, we act as God’s stewards, respecting that, with which He is pleased to intrust us! “There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty.” (Prov 11:24) Notice here the word “more than is meet;” it is not said, withholdeth all; but “more than is meet,” viz., while he gives, it is so little, in comparison with what it might be, and ought to be, that it tendeth to poverty.”

4. What it means to trust the Lord to supply all our our needs:

“When God orders something to be done for the glory of His name, He is both able and willing to find the needed individuals for the work and the means required. Thus, when the Tabernacle in the Wilderness was to be erected, He not only fitted men for the work, but He also touched the hearts of the Israelites to bring the necessary materials and gold, silver and precious stones; and all these things were not only brought, but in such abundance that a proclamation had to be made in the camp, that no more articles would be brought, because there were more than enough. And again, when God for the praise of His name would have the Temple to be built by Solomon, He provided such an amount of gold, silver, precious stones, brass, iron, etc, for it, that all the palaces or temples which have been built since, have been most insignificant in comparison.”

“The Lord, to show His continued care over us, raises up new helpers. They that trust in the Lord shall never be confounded! Some who helped for a while may fall asleep in Jesus; others may grow cold in the service of the Lord; others may be as desirous as ever to help, but have no longer the means; other may have both a willing heart to help, and have also the means, but may see it the Lord’s will to lay them out in another way;—and thus, from one cause or another, were we to lean upon man, we should surely be confounded; but, in leaning upon the living God alone, we are beyond disappointment, and beyond being forsaken because of death, or want of means, or want of love, or because of the claims of other work. How precious to have learned in any measured to stand with God alone in the world, and yet to be happy, and know that surely no good thing shall be withheld from us whilst we walk uprightly!”

5. What it means to serve our own generation:

“My business is, with all my might to serve my own generation; in doing so I shall best serve the next generation, should the Lord Jesus tarry…The longer I live, the more I am enabled to realize that I have but one life, for sowing, in comparison with eternity, for reaping.”


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