Each year County Line Church selects an international ministry partner to receive funds through the Joy to the World Offering. This year’s recipient is Global Disciples. In short, Global Disciples partners with pastors in the areas of discipleship training, leadership development, and small business development. You can learn more about this ministry on their website at globaldisciples.org.
Below is an excerpt taken from the “What’s In Your Hand?” book, published by Global Disciples. In the coming weeks we will share the stories of people who have experienced the “What’s In Your Hand?” training and running a business to support their families and churches.
SPINACH! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?
Bao is a widow with a small son named Thanh. After God miraculously saved her from a life of gambling and prostitution, she worked hard to support her family by raising and selling fruit and vegetables. Jailed briefly for sharing her faith, she grew so much spiritually that her church chose her to lead a cell group and eventually sent her to Bible training. When she returned, her garden was overgrown and the vegetables ruined. Bao was trying to follow God, but now her livelihood was gone. How could she serve God and take care of her family? Was God really to be trusted?
Bao prayed and started working in her garden, with no clue how she could pay the bills until the garden began producing. As she cut the overgrown grass, she noticed spinach underneath—lots of spinach! She had no idea how it got there yet it grew so well, she could cut it every ten days and support her family.
When she had a need beyond what the spin- ach provided, Bao remained quiet, knowing that God would take care of her. A pastor saw her need, and soon friends from church found creative and discreet ways to give things for Thanh. A friend explained that God has no hands and feet; rather, we are to be His hands helping others. Bao understood the gifts were actually from God, not the people who gave them and it revolutionized her understanding of Christ’s Body. When God blesses our hard work, we share with those in need. With the produce from her garden and help from others, Bao was able to continue working and leading her fellowship.
Bao was even able to help her parents. They saw her hard work and how God provided for her needs. When her mother accepted Jesus as her Savior, bitterness and anger left her and her health improved. However Bao’s father responded by getting deeper into sin, flaunting his alcohol abuse and affairs. Her mother worked extra hard trying to please her husband but it resulted in a stroke that left her in the hospital only days before Bao was to attend the training. Bao prayed for healing, and her mom was released. Bao de- cided to come to the training even though, as a latecomer, she wouldn’t qualify for a grant.
Bao completed her homework and submitted a realistic business plan. When the trainers saw her plan and understood the reason for her tardiness, they approved her business plan. She received a full grant to enhance her vegetable and fruit business.
“God is very good to me, considering where I was,” reflects Bao, full of praise. “Now I can sustain my life and even help my sister in prison. It’s interesting that right after I became a Christian, I wanted a husband—but now, I just want to live like this…working and sharing Jesus with others.”
To give towards the Joy to the World offering, you can do so online at the link provided below. Or, you can pick up an offering envelope at each entrance into the worship center. Thank you in advance for helping to strengthen the church in Ethiopia.
Online Giving Instructions
1. Click on this link: countylinechurch.org
2. Select the “Give Online” link which will re-direct you to a “push pay” page.
3. Fill out your information and select “Joy to the World” in the “Giving Type” drop down menu.