Learn, Learn, Learn
I have been a bit hesitant to make this particular post, but it is part of who we are and what we are doing, so here goes.
Perhaps two years ago I felt the Lord speak to me and say “drink water from your own cistern and draw water from your own well“. Anyone who follows us, knows that we very, very rarely ask for funds and point blank refuse to preach when we are back in Australia to simply collect offerings. God has always been and will always be faithful with any economics connected to us fulfilling His call upon our lives.
I have said for a long time, “money does not grow on trees, it just falls from the sky when ever you need it”, and that has proven to be the case more often than not, but then God speaks and says “drink water from your own cistern and draw water from your own well”, which in many ways we have been doing, but none the less, the vast majority of our funds come from very generous and supportive donors, which we appreciate so much, but the word does put more responsibility upon “us accessing water that we can drink, from our own well“.
Around the same time I read Matthew 25, the parable of the talents (plus a number of other passages), where people are given amounts that they have to steward for another person. The stewarding was meant to cause “the increase” of that which was given.
A number of other things come into play, but basically that sent me on one of my many steep learning curves over the last 2-3 years, learning about economics and investing, which is just “so not me”, I have never had the slightest interest in those things, because God is just good all of the time, but now He has spoken a word to me, so it is time to work some stuff out in this area.
I have had to learn to “dig, a financial well so that we can draw water up by ourselves”. As I write this post I am very conscious to not be dis-respectful in anyway to donors, who have been and will no doubt continue to be, very generous and very faithful over the next few years, but I do want to let you know that we are looking at other ways to generate funds, so that we can “draw and drink from our own wells”.
I would also like to make it very clear that we are “only” using personal funds as we explore a few investment options, but if we can learn and be successful, then of course these are skills that we can pass onto the impoverished people that we work with.
Good stewarding causes increase.
Anyone who invests in any way at all, knows that it is never straightforward and always full of risks, but as with the parable of the talents, if you try to hold onto what you have, you are just as likely to loose it as if you had gone out and invested it. So the greater risk does seem to be in the “holding or the hiding” of what you currently have. Nothing comes from doing nothing, but something can come from doing something.
Whatever we do must be of faith and faith does give us an edge that we would not otherwise have had. So please pray for me specifically for ongoing wisdom as we walk in some very new areas for ourselves personally.