By Victoria Riollano, Crosswalk.com
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” - Galatians 6:9
Only 3 months in, it was clear we had run out of money.
Years ago, my family and I decided to make a bold move and follow God’s call to be church planters. It was exciting to build a team of believers to win souls in our local community. With so few church options in our town, we were enthusiastic about how God could build His church from the ground up. Yet, we realized very quickly that none of this could be done without finances. From filing paperwork with the state to be a legitimate business to securing a location, to microphones, to supplies for children’s ministry, we would need to come up with the finances to launch the church. Fortunately, those on the team and a few ministries came together and we were able to have everything we needed. Although our set up was simple and inexpensive, it was exactly enough. However, with few members giving and no large organization providing monthly support, it was clear we couldn’t sustain the cost of rent, let alone the other supplies. Only three months in, it was clear the church was set to close.
My husband and I were heartbroken as we shared the news with our freshly started congregation and the facility we were renting from. Years of dreaming and planning had culminated into what felt like a failure. Yet, over and over again, I couldn’t help but remember my favorite verse that says, “do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap a harvest if you do not give up.” So, we continued to run the ministry as best we could knowing the end was in sight. But God, in true fashion showed up. Days before the church was set to close, the rental facility cut the price in half and we received a large unexpected donation that covered the rental fee for four months. In a matter of hours, we went from a closing church to one that had an excess of resources. Hallelujah!
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