“FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS”
It’s as if God knew this worldwide pandemic was going to happen – and made provisions for His people before it hit! God knew when a terrible famine was going to devastate the Jews in Jerusalem so He developed a relationship between the Christians in Jerusalem and the ones in Antioch (Acts 11:19-30). Christians in Antioch were able to send food to the Jerusalem believers in their time of need. Again, that’s what happened when God sent Joseph to Egypt to provide food for his family back in Canaan (Genesis 47-50). God also placed Esther in King Xerxes’ court to prevent the Jews from being exterminated (Esther 1-4). Now God continues to do the same in providing food for our pastors in India.
Since 2006, I have developed a strong, trusting relationship with Pastor Moses who coordinates all we do in India. We have established a network of competent, faithful, responsible leader-pastors in the locations we have conferences. These partnerships have established a good reputation among the pastors that trust we genuinely care for them and want to help them.
Here in the USA we have been able to get money into India quickly and safely. We have a core group of about 65 individuals and families who pray and give regularly to the ministry. In total, God provided $30,000: $6,000 from Christians in mainland China, $6,000 from another ministry to India in the US and $20,000 from you who pray and give to CTO.
Clearly God knew this was coming and set the network up so all it took was one email from me to Pastor Moses to start the food distribution in a matter of days. For 18 weeks we have been giving 60 families 3 weeks’ worth of food. Most attend our conferences and have our books. God provided a way for us to feed them spiritually and physically. We didn’t know we would need it, but He did.
Yes, God knew this worldwide pandemic was going to happen and planned provision for His people!
Genesis 50:20 But Joseph said to them, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Esther 4:12-14 Mordecai said: “who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Where have you seen God’s provision for you during this time? Are you worried about the future? Remember God saw your need and prepared for it long ago. Trust for His provision in His time.