Greetings In Jesus Name!
Can anyone praise God enough or too much for His marvelous grace? Obviously not! He is rich is His Grace (limitless love, enabling power) towards us in Christ Jesus. Paul tells us by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians that we have been “blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenlies in Christ.” These blessings have been “freely bestowed on us in the Beloved” and are “according to the RICHES of His Grace” and all to the “praise of HIS Glory.”
PRAISE THE LORD!
Since I last wrote you I have experienced His grace in a way I have never experienced before in my life. Ten days ago I fell off a ladder while working with one of Hope Builders Ministries thrift stores and damaged my right foot, left hand and elbow (with 10 stitches) and broke my left arm just below the shoulder! Jeff’s world came to a stand still! This was a completely new experience in my life. I have never been incapacitated like this! What was I to do now?
The answer is TRUST in God’s rich grace! The same as before I broke my arm. The same answer as when I was in good health and could do everything myself! YEP… Trust God. That is to be the story of our lives as believers. Without faith it is impossible to please God. All of our work and effort is fruitless without TOTAL dependency on the ONE “with whom we have to do.” Therefore I am and you are to “draw near with confidence to the throne of Grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
This is how we are to glorify God, by depending on His Grace.
Since the accident God’s work goes on! He is not hindered by our brokenness. In fact, I realize more now than ever He works best when we are broken. We have to trust HIM!
The specialist that is caring for me told Lou Ann and me he wanted to serve us by taking care of my therapy and he would cover the costs! I said “thank you!” We had not met this brother before and were hesitant to even go to the specialist because of the cost. It was a reminder to us that we must “live by faith” and the Lord is the one who takes care of us, even if we could afford to, it is HIS grace that provides whether through our hands or those of another. It is also a reminder that HE will take care of the rest as well. Thank you Lord!
So while I am “healing” would you join us and continue to trust HIM with us for the work in Zambia?
This October the work there will still need the resources I shared with you a few weeks ago. 10,000 Bibles, 100 Bicycles, the macro Christian book business project costing about $10,000 ($5000 for the books and $5000 to ship them to Zambia and organize the business), the seed/fertilizer project and the “Dignity Project” helping to care for 4 orphanages.
Pray with me as I am to go find partners for these opportunities to invest in ministry that is vital and effective. That is my biggest challenge. I have to find these partners. Pray with me for open doors into churches, small groups and Sunday School classes. Pray for those business people and individuals that God has blessed to give and invest in His Gospel work. Help me by introducing me to these people and the churches that you know. GOD will provide. I want to be a part of that provision for HIS work in Zambia. I know you want to be a part of that as well.
Besides this there is also the ongoing opportunity for believers to partner in the monthly support of the HUB ministry in Zambia. The GOAL is to reach $5000 per month so that we can effectively enable 100 HUBs to continue to train thousands of pastors and plant thousands of new churches while making disciples of the believers in these churches. At present we average about $1500 per month and work with 7 districts of HUBs throughout Zambia. I am asking the Lord for 6 churches each giving $300 per month, 2 businesses to each give $500 per month and 15 individuals to give $50 per month to the work in Zambia. This will enable us to effectively support the work of over 100 District and HUB leaders training thousands of pastors, planting hundreds of new churches and winning multiple thousands of souls to Christ and making them into disciples of Christ.
Lou Ann and I continue to thank you for your love towards us demonstrated in your prayers and gifts. God provides for us through you. God uses you to enable us to facilitate this ministry in Zambia. Thank you. By God’s provision and your faithfulness we have about 50% of our support. Thank you for your fellowship with us in the Gospel.
Serving Christ and YOU,
Jeff and Lou Ann Hawkins
Hope Builders Ministries
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