Is it possible for something to begin at the end? Is it true that something small, is really huge? Can good times be bad? Can bad times be good? Can poverty be riches? Can an uneducated person become an entrepreneur? The answer to all these questions is, yes.
For me, the ending of a long journey is probably only just the beginning. It has been a journey of inspiration and frustration, vision and blank stares, physical weakness and supernatural strength; scary episodes followed by sweet relief, spiritual mountain tops and deep valleys, and through it all, God’s guidance and assurance.
What is all this “crazy talk” about? It describes my three-year writing project which is finally being published. My book, Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! has finally gone to production. For many years since the beginning of my husband’s and my life on the mission field, there were two questions that jumped out at us over and over. They were: “How do I plant (start) a New Testament church?” and “How do I find the best way to finance church planting?”
Before I go any further, let me explain. Although I have finished writing the book, I am finding an almost overwhelming need to respond in writing to so many church planters who have the same two questions. My writing continues in blogs and on social media, but in a different, more personal and individual focus. My book is relatively small in size (a little over 200 pages); but it contains a unique, practical way to finance church planting, that is already having an impact, physically and spiritually. Although unique, it is absolutely compatible with scripture. If you find it useful, then a small thing has become huge.
Can bad times be good, or the reverse? We can easily find examples of seemingly good times being truly bad or sinful; but what happens in the bad times? In my experience, every time I start a project or ministry that has the potential for great outreach, I suffer frightening medical events that seem to be demonic efforts to stop and discourage me. I don’t want to go into a long list of complaints, so let me briefly share that I have lived with constant severe pain for more than 25 years. In the last three years, I have been writing without being able to see clearly. Now, after six surgeries on my eyes (I know, I only have two eyes!), and a unique kind of contact lens, I can see much better. Then, as I was putting the finishing touches on the book, I was diagnosed with a serious heart condition. Praise God, that heart condition “disappeared” a few weeks later.
I am not asking for sympathy—a little compassion is good, though—but I share all this so you will know that God can give a person a vision, and then the devil responds by slinging his poison arrows. With God’s help and the Christian’s determination and commitment to follow Him, anything is possible. Since childhood, whenever I faced a problem that demanded a solution, I was known to say, “There’s always a way.” In a way, it became my life’s motto. It was some time later that I realized I was just restating the biblical concept of Philippians 4:13 which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
God has put me in unusual circumstances throughout my life to prepare me for a unique approach to sharing the Gospel. My husband and I live simply, on a limited budget, but we count our riches in the people we have helped, and in our service to God. It is not for fame or riches that I write. I wrote Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! because I saw a need. The book will be accessible to anyone in soft cover or eBook format.
Church Planters Have All the Fun(ding)! is divided into two parts. Part One of this book seeks to address two aspects of church planting: the fun(damentals) of establishing a new church from the beginning based on New Testament principles, and the fun(ding) the church will experience as it finds ways to combine evangelism with possibilities for personal income. The fun(ding) for the church planter, as well as the church plant, comes from an outreach method called SHARE Evangelism.