When God winks…. Last spring as I prepared to start camp I put out a list to some churches like I always do and asked for donations of canned goods to help offset the cost of camp for kids. What I received back from my entire request were five small cans with hand written expiration dates on them from a local church. As I prepared to fly to Denver to pick up The Purpose Driven Project students my pantry had but the five cans. A week before I was to board the plane, I received a note in the mail from a woman I had only met one time - two summers prior, who just happened to live in Denver. On the small note was written, “Audrey, I am wondering if you are in need of anything for camp this summer?” My response was, “if you only knew how big my need is.” My need felt bigger than anything you could have ever imagined. We had camps scheduled not only for the Purpose Driven Project but planned to serve a couple of hundred young people, Pastors, and volunteers over about six weeks time. Because I had only met the woman one time I felt uncomfortable and unable to explain how dire the situation was. I swallowed my pride and made the phone call just a couple of days prior to boarding my flight.
The woman’s husband answered the call and had no idea that his wife had sent me a note but remembered our meeting; informed me his wife was out of town on a trip. I explained what she had written and said that I did have a need for groceries and wondered if she would like to go to the store with me in Denver (I was picking up a van to transport students and thought there would be room for groceries). The husband offered to call his wife and verify what her intentions were and would let me know. I boarded the plane, not unlike Peter stepping out of the boat on the command of Christ.
Upon my arrival to Denver I received a voice mail back from the husband stating that his wife would not be home in time for us to meet, but that she asked him to go to the store with me. We arranged a meeting at a local Denver Wal-Mart. I could not remember what the man looked like, or he I. I planned to take my son, Benjamin with me. On the way I shared with Benjamin how hard this was for me to ask for help from someone that I did not know… I asked Ben, “How do I know what these people have in mind to do? I don’t want to offend them, yet I don’t want to limit the situation either.” Benjamin just encouraged me to explain what I needed and let God take it from there. So that is what I did. I explained that I was in need of large cans of vegetables that I would be able to use in as stretchers for meals. (Lessons learned from my Mom and Grandmas)
I did not share with him that I had only five cans of food in my pantry as to not put pressure on him. I just told him no donation is considered too small to be used by the kingdom. He informed Ben and I each to take a cart as he grabbed one and we would precede. He encouraged Ben and I as we filled each cart with the needed supplies to start camp. There was one item on my list that we were unable to find – it was a large can of Nacho Cheese. I use this instead of shredded cheese when I do tacos because it is so much cheaper. When we got to the check out counter the total of the canned goods was just over $600. I could not believe what I was witnessing God do. At the end of the purchase I tearfully thanked the man, who had absolutely no idea how God was using he and his wife in this moment. He preceded to hand me some folded money and said that he realized that we were not able to purchase any fresh vegetables and felt like I should have some cash for that and gas money to get the kids home. I am not sure how Peter felt when Christ reached down and pulled him up on top of the water, but I can tell you that Benjamin and I felt exhilaration.
The story does not stop there, because when God winks He puts his mark on the situation in ways only He can do. I did not find the Nacho cheese in Denver and I did not find it in the local stores in Cortez or Durango. In fact I went to 5 stores total looking for the large can of Nacho cheese. On Sunday of the following weekend as 35 campers and volunteers arrived, one of the Pastors from the churches that I sent my original needs list to came in with a box of donations. As he handed me the box he said, “I know, I know, it’s not vegetables, but a lady from our church said she thought you could use the Nacho cheese even though it was not on your list.
You see I never put Nacho cheese on my list to the churches because I thought it was the one thing I could handle providing it on my own.
But reality is that I can do nothing on my own without
God and God working through people like you!
What may have seemed like a small donation (5 cans) was used by God and multiplied by God through the obedience of many. This was our first year serving Navajo children’s at camp. At their previous camp, historically they have run out of food on day 3 of 5 days, but this year the food never ran out. It was the most incredible miracle I have witnessed during camp to date.
By the end of the six weeks the camp had served meals to over 4,400.
We saw God continue to multiply the food through others and never ran out, not even one time.
It is also obvious that God knows every detail of every need and utilizes people we know and those we don’t for his glory. It is Spring and the camp can use your help if you feel the prompting to give it. We are a non-profit and can be utilized as a tax deduction. You can learn more about what we do through our blog for The Purpose Driven Project and our website for Four Corners Christian Camp.
www.fcccamp.org & http://purposedrivenproject.com/blog/
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May God Bless You In Abundance