Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Little Is A Lot


What if you could save a life by sleeping in a nice bed and taking a hot shower?

Living on the mission field has opened our eyes up to one incredible fact, a fact that is ignored or often spurned by those who have never seen it with their own eyes.

A small amount of money can accomplish a large amount of ministry.  

Let me say that again.  A small amount of money can accomplish a large amount of ministry.

It doesn’t take much to save lives.  It doesn’t take a lot to provide medical attention.  It is a pittance to purchase food.  Clean water for life only cost $50.

A small amount of money can accomplish a large amount of ministry.


There is a second, indisputable fact.  We don’t have the small amount of money needed for this particular project—even if it is proclaiming Christ and saving lives.  You see, the money has been already given to other projects…so that even though my pastor’s child will die without a $300 surgery (true story), we don’t have the $300.  Read that again.  Saving a life of a baby only cost $300…so the baby dies.  (We actually did have the money—but you see my point).  

We don’t have the small amount of money that it takes to carry the gospel to this jungle village. 
We don’t have the small amount of money that it takes to provide clean water.
We don’t have the small amount of money that it takes to purchase seeds for a starving community. 
We don’t have the small amount of money that it takes to buy over the counter medicine for these children…so every injury becomes infected and lifespans are shortened. 

Why don’t we have this money?  Two reasons:

1.  We missionaries have tapped out our donors.  As my momma used to say, “Too many trips to the well dries it up.”  We have limited access to a limited number of faithful donors.  And, most of our donors also support other ministries—so they have an unlimited number of needs asking them for their money.  The people that want to give have given.

2.  People do not give, no matter how great the need is, because we are selfish and greedy. (being honest here)

So, what do you do?

We have decided to start small businesses that donate all of their profit to these needs.  It is called Business on Purpose. Remember my first question: What if you could save a life by sleeping in a nice bed and taking a hot shower? The answer is that you can.

The Harvest Guesthouse (see our Facebook Page—Like it.) is our first Business on Purpose.  It is a place where short term teams and missionaries can stay while they are in Cochabamba.  It is NICE.  The cool thing is that all of the profit, every penny, goes to the Kingdom of God.  

In our first year of operations, we have purchased and distributed over $1,000 worth of food, $1,500 worth of medicine, 11 water filters, and given dental care to over 2,000 people.  We have help pay for school for some poor kids, and provided surgery to a baby.  Yesterday we purchased two outboard motors that will enable our friend Tony Murrin to carry the gospel and aid to river villages along the Amazon River Basin.  Our first year and we used a small amount of money to honestly—no exaggeration—save the lives of children, provide seedlings and plants to five starving communities, and preach the gospel to over 3,000 people.   All of this from giving people a nice bed to sleep in.

We want to start more businesses with the same purpose.  We want them to be wealth generating organizations that provide small amounts of money to change eternity. 

The next two that we want to begin are a language school teaching English to wealthier Bolivians and a hamburger restaurant.  

The only problem is that we need people. We should be able to get our business license in the latter part of 2014.  After that, we need people.  We want to organize and manage our businesses with a North American efficiency.  We need people to come join the team.  How about you come to Bolivia to teach English for a year…or two?  Why not come live here and help run a restaurant that does way more than provide food?  Or….who knows what opportunities there are?

We need people to come join in the fun…and hard work…or reaching the poor for Christ.

So, what are you doing? 




(PS we are still receiving donations for start up expenses.  Holman Account 340 at Ripe For The Harvest)




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