Dear Nav Family and Friends,
The Philippine Navigators is facing yet again another challenging task of raising an “insurmountable amount” (in human terms, but not for God) to finance various needs for the organization. It is a real challenge but we need to go forward in order for our desires and dreams as an organization reach reality. I am thanking God for the Vision and Mission and Goals He lay in our hearts. It keeps us advancing and thinking, and at the same time constantly trusting God as we look through the future – the day the Lord would display before us what we are dreaming of.
2 Chronicles 31:3-19 is a great encouragement to me as we trust God for this project. I know that it is a privilege to do such a job, but more than that, my heart is captivated by the Word of God particularly the scenario in Verse 10 which says:
“Since the people began to bring their contributions to the temple of the LORD, we have had enough to eat and plenty to spare, because the LORD has blessed his people, and this great amount is left over.” 2 Chronicles 31: 10
How did that happened? How come the Lord blesses them that much? In the earlier portion of the passage, a few unselfish things were done that all the more moved the Lord to touch others to contribute:
- The King sets the example in giving from his own possessions.
- He ordered the people living in Jerusalem to give.
- The Israelites responded in giving the first fruits from their produce and give some tithes.
Can we do that? Of course the answer is a resounding NO!
No man can accomplish a job that only God can do. God can raise the P 27.5M. Our job is to trust in Him and be ready at how He answers our prayers. We trust Him wholeheartedly. It means that we acknowledge that all that we have comes from God, and that we have not been given that which is ours but His. We trust Him that as we participate in this project He will not fail to supply us. We trust Him too that we can become good stewards of what He would give us.
I am persuaded by this passage that before we jump off our fence to challenge others, we need as Navigators, to rise to the occasion to contribute and to give. Our task of challenging others will only be authentic if we had challenged ourselves to give. Give generously, give indiscriminately, give without thinking and accounting, and give with a bleeding heart. There are many kinds and forms of giving that we can do.
All these years, I learned to give with a bleeding heart. That is, when my heart starts to hoard something of good amount from giving it to others, I give it away because my wife and I don’t want our hearts to be ensnared with temporary things. Money belongs to God. We are just stewards.
The Fundraising challenge of the Philippine Navigators is formidable indeed, but as long as we keep our focus on Jesus, we will always come out victorious!
God Bless you,
Bobot & Jean Migraso
Project 54 Team
Posted on February 19, 2014