TRUSTING GOD OR TWA

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Years ago, in 1985 we took a giant step of faith that would lead to more steps as we journeyed on with the Lord.

My husband had a great job with Trans World Airlines, TWA, remember them?  He had 20 years invested when God begin to work on his heart about being full time in ministry.  For those 20 years we trusted TWA to pay his wages when he put in his hours loading cargo and suitcase on planes.  So going into ministry and trusting the local church where we went on staff to supply our needs was different.    My fears were at their height during those early years. 

Learning to trust the Lord is a daily spiritual mental exercise of faith.      

After that big step God was not through offering us other ways to grow our faith.   One day we were getting our car worked on and as we waited,  my husband said, honey, I think God wants us to go into over seas mission.  I can’t say I was surprised, I knew a change was coming our way, God was preparing my heart as only the God of the universe can do.  

We had several years of trusting the Lord for our needs as we ministered at a local church in Kentucky   I know my first missionary I supported I  only gave her five dollars a month and God supplied it.  Sometimes it was from babysitting, sometimes a rebate in the mail, sometimes I would have money left over from my budget for grocery or a birthday gift.  It became exciting to wait and see how God would supply. 

Being on the receiving end is scary, humbling and exciting and a much wider step.  So our faith grew deep and wide.  

That song Deep and Wide just popped into my head as I type that,  there’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.  God’s fountain is the deepest and the widest, much more then TWA’s.  God never goes out of business, He is always on the throne and never says, don’t bring your prayers of need to me.  

Let me relay a story I just told someone today.  We ended our training with the mission school owing 8 hundred dollars.  After graduation we left the school for our home church in Ky. with a promise to stop by a friends church that Sunday. He wanted us to meet his pastor and maybe get a chance to share our hearts.  The pastor gave my husband 5 minutes from the pulpit to share.  Our friends  church put us up in a hotel and our friend pass on an envelope from the church when he dropped us off at the hotel.  It had 8 hundred dollars in it.  OUR FRIEND DID NOT KNOW WE OWE MONEY TO THE SCHOOL. We had  told no body except  our two children when we prayed for that debt before leaving the school.  

What a start to learning how deep and wide God wanted our trust to become.  We have served in two countries, Bolivia, South America and Papua New Guinea and not once have we done without our needs.  Food has always been on our table, shoes on our feet, clothes on our back. We have always had a car to drive, a bed to sleep in, money to fly home when needed.  And money to help others when needed.  After years of trusting Him, I think I can trust Him for the rest of our years.   

  • So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
  •  –Matthew 6:31-33
  • Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. –1 Timothy 6:17

WHAT ARE YOU TRUSTING GOD FOR TODAY?

9 thoughts on “TRUSTING GOD OR TWA

  1. Thank you for sharing this post, Betty. It just gave me so much peace. Our God has never failed us. He will always provide. It’s amazing how He always comes through.🙂🙌🏼

  2. I am glad it gave you peace. A few days ago I had a conversation with a friend and we discussed what I wrote about. The conversation shaped my post which I knew as soon as I walked away from this friend, I was going to write about it. I love it when my posts flow like that. Thanks for the encouragement Renee.

  3. Betty, I read the comment you left on my blog post just a bit ago, and before I was even finished typing my response, the Lord urged me to come directly to your website. I clicked on this first post and I cannot tell you how it touched my heart! God told me and my husband – over a YEAR ago – that He was going to move us to a specific location for ministry work. We’ve traveled, doing a sort of “in the states” missionary work, lending our worship music ministry where it was needed, as well as our prayer ministry, and have seen God do amazing things. But we still haven’t moved. Every single place we find, we “miss it by a hair” so to speak. Honestly, I’ve been seriously doubting the idea after all this time. Did I hear Him right? Were we only supposed to travel when we’re needed, and not actually be a part of that ministry? It compounds the situation that, here in Kentucky, we have no church home, no Christian friends or company, and really, no connections at all, especially among believers! So, reading about trusting…believing…and just going when He says go, well, that has really helped me tonight. I covet your prayers…long stories better left unsaid at the moment, but I am weary in heart at the stillness in the Kingdom. Thank you for posting this! Praying you are blessed beyond measure!

  4. An interesting elevation of serendipity. Your faith seems to be working quite well. I’m glad those around you see you as worthy and enable you to help others. It’s quite an honor and a blessing. Things were simpler in the days of TWA. People could travel in style and comfort and there was no pandemic of today’s magnitude. I like the title. Thanks for the post.

  5. Oh Stacey, your comment has stirred my heart to pray for you. I wonder where at in Kentucky for we lived in Louisville for years, was on staff at a church there till we went full time into missions. When the Lord begin to deal with my husband about missions my husband thought we were suppose south, so went south of Louisville a few miles and there were churches everywhere. So, we figure we misunderstood. We went into training with New Tribes Mission in eastern Ky where one of their training centers was. Then we went on to Language School in Mo., where they teach you how to learn an unwritten language. Our second semester we were visited by leadership from Bolivia, South America. They were recruiting for a dorm parent for the missionary boarding school. We accepted and found ourselves in a dorm with 16 house school guys our first year. We love that ministry and stayed there 7 years. I guess when God was directing my husband south we just did not look far enough south. Have you ever looked into overseas missions? If you have not been to bible school maybe that is a good place to start. Our mission has one in Wisconsin, very reasonable, but there are good one all over. We were in our 40’s when we went to mission, never regretted it for one minute. Sometimes our step of faith is not far enough or God wants us to take baby steps and sometimes He desires for us to get more direction and that is where bible school helps out. Is there a reason you do not have a home church? I am on facebook, are you? I would love to talk to you more about his but you seem reluctant to share much on this site. I can tell you are struggling with where you are now. I will certainly pray for you Stacey, for God to give you wisdom and insight into what to do. Thank you for opening your heart to me, I feel very humbled. My name is Betty Draper, look for me on facebook and lets connect again.

  6. Thank you so much for your prayers ❤ !! We are currently about 40 miles south of Louisville, but I am originally from Harlan County, in Eastern Ky 🙂 Loved it there and miss it so much, but I have been here since the mid 80's and so it really is home. Your adventures sound so amazing! We have never done anything like that… traveled for any kind of school, or anything. I was going to say we are in our late 40s and probably shouldn't undertake anything like that so late in life, lol, and then I read that that's when you STARTED!! So amazing!! We actually haven't ever considered overseas missions, but I know I wouldn't be opposed to it, and I'm sure my husband wouldn't either. But we have just never been in that "circle" if that makes any sense? We know no overseas missionaries, nor any ministries that connect with them, at least not personally, so that would be interesting if that's where God would want to send us. I did get an interesting idea of going to the Philippines not long ago, after reading about it on a homesteading site I'm on, on Facebook. I don't think I've EVER seen anything so beautiful, lol!

    I will definitely be looking you up on Facebook 🙂 If you see a request from Stacey Wells, that's me 🙂 And thank you again for the prayers! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate them!!

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