Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Please Read This: Can You Help?

Peter said to Jesus in Mark 10:28, “We have left everything to follow you.” When Peter made that statement, it came on the heels of Jesus telling the rich young ruler to “sell all that you have and give to the poor and come follow me.” Peter and the Apostles clearly understood what it meant to “leave everything” to go and follow (or obey) Jesus. Most in the Church today (especially those in ministry or leadership) would shudder to think that they would have to lay everything on the line to go and do that which Christ had commanded.

Jesus said to Peter afterwards, Mark 10:29-30 “I tell you the truth," Jesus replied, "no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields-- and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.”

The way I like to put it is, “You take care of God’s business and He will take care of yours!”

I know people that have been put in the place of the “Rich young Ruler” before and instead of walking away “sorrowful”, they did exactly that---they laid it all on the line to go and do what they Holy Spirit had commanded---even if it cost them everything! There are a few people that I know who have done it over and over again and have never wavered in just believing and doing what God called them to. Two such people are Pastor Alex and Holly Hill.

These guys have time and time again “sold everything” to go and follow Jesus. I have seen them load up themselves with three young children in tow and simply trust the Lord to do what He said he would do. They have “sold houses” and devoted the proceeds to ministering to the hungry and needy. These guys have traded “comfort and stability” for “faith and obedience” more times than you could imagine.

I say all of that to say this. This family, along with their in-laws Pastor Graham and Sue Scott (who are in their 60’s) have made the commitment once again to obey the voice of the Lord and move ½ across the country to assist us in further advancing the work of reaching people for Jesus.

They have spent the past year working with a local church in Austin, Texas to raise up a great team of devoted and anointed people to preach Jesus to that city. They did that will the full knowledge that it would cost them everything that they had to settle there temporarily when they knew that God would be directing them here to help in Florida (and the world) eventually.

Now they sit with a tremendous deadline to meet. They are in need of a bona-fide miracle to take place in the next 24 hours. They have a moving truck set to load them up this week to bring them from Austin to Daytona Beach. They are in need of $3,000 by tomorrow morning. THAT seems like and enormous amount in the natural---but I can’t help but stand upon the promise that Jesus made to His disciples that if we are willing to “leave everything” to follow Him—then he will supply a hundred times back in this life!

I received an email from Sue Scott a little while ago that described how they were “once again” selling everything off to make the move and something inside of me said, “THAT is just not the way that it should be.” (I have place here email at the bottom of this for you to read yourself)

The last time that I saw a moving truck in front of their house was following Hurricane Katrina—the things was that there was hardly anything life to put in it. 90% of their belonging had all been destroyed by the flood waters. It has taken 18 months to refurnish a house for their family---now they are looking to once again “selling everything” to raise the resources to make this move.

I want to ask YOU to stand with ME on this. I know that TOGETHER we can do SOMETHING to minister to this families need. These are guys that have laid their lives down and I believe that WE can be Jesus’ hands in meeting this need.

Will you help me? Melanie and I felt led to split our tax refund with them to help pay the deposit on the house that they are moving into here. It wasn’t a huge amount, but that $400 was a sacrifice that went a long way to helping them. I am asking and believing that WE can raise the additional $3000 TODAY. Someone may be saying, “WOW—you have got to be kidding me!” But I am saying that if we all do SOMETHING, then we will see God do EVERYTHING.

Maybe you can give $20 or $50 or some of you may be where you can give $100, $500 or more---or someone $5----but we can all do something. You can give through our PayPal account by credit/debit card, or electronic check by clicking the link at the bottom or email me what you feel led to do and you can send it via the post office or even Western Union.

I will be giving an update tonight on our Live RAVEN NATION webcast at 9:00 PM (EST) and I am believing that I will be announcing that ALL OF IT HAS BEEN GIVEN!

Please pray and give! God will certainly honor your sacrifice.


Pastor Troy D. Bohn
P.O. Box 1897
Daytona Beach, FL 32115

(from Sue Scott—Pastor Alex’s mother-in-law)

These days we are all like a woman in travail that is having a baby. When the last days are here, and the baby is getting ready to pop out! There is a quiet silence, a hope to bring forth a healthy baby, a dread of laying in a hospital with people poking around on you, a husband that is trying to be nice and helpful saying” push” ---who is not helping the situation!

It’s the same here, as we wander around the house; quietly in prayer,
each one of us wanting so much for the miracle to come through. It is excruciating, sometimes to have only the Lord to depend on. We have put much of our furniture on “Craig’s List” to sell it to raise money for the move.

We cannot depend on Craigsters from Craig’s List to come through for us.
The emails from the ads are coming in like bullets, how long is the couch, how old is the couch, what kind of a pattern does it have? But nobody has yet come for the things.

Anyway, as I walk through the house and look at all the things that need to be
packed, I wonder who will buy something that will provide the next trickle of money--when we need a boatload. We went to Wal-Mart and picked out the cheapest food we could find for the day. Later, at home, I was in the bathroom, and walked out and mentioned “Hey, we are out of bathroom tissue”—a voice shot back “tell Jesus!”

Okay, I get it. Now we are praying for enough money for tissue, when we have
just committed to praying about a big truck, 18 wheeler. Plan was to take the U-haul all the way to Florida, get there 25 hours later, turn around and come right back in a daze of sorts, pick up all the other stuff and drive straight back! (We figured out by the time you add in gas & mileage for there & back twice in the U-haul it would cost us the same as the semi.) Not to mention that the hospital bill for Pastor Alex would be enormous to get his eyes back in his head!

Well, with this plan from you know where, we were all glad to abandon it and
grab the one with the 18 wheels and stay put once we got there. The kids have really been in on the praying and getting their faith involved too. This was the plan; the only catch was that this 18 wheeler plan was going to cost $3500.

When we devised this plan of faith, we were so encouraged because we serve the King of Kings who owns everything! He’s richer than Donald Trump. If Donald Trump had a kid ask him for money to move, he wouldn’t deny them, so how much more would our Heavenly Father.

I’m looking through my husband’s wallet for a little money to go get toilet paper. He asked what I’m doing. I tell him “toilet paper”. Then I grab a $20 and head out the door. Wow, I thought we were broke. I happily went to the store to get toilet paper and bought hot pockets for the kids, because we are going to fast until the rest of the money comes in for the moving truck.

How funny! We were thinking we didn’t have money, turns out my husband has
cash stashed away in his wallet. (enough for toilet paper and then some!)
Now that will preach! We think we have nothing, and all along, God says
“its right there, if you seek you will find!”

Remember the woman that was getting ready to have her children taken away
from the bonds man in the bible? Well, do you remember what the Lord told her through the prophet? WHAT IS IN YOUR HOUSE? “Only a pot of oil!” she answered. Then, he said: “Go out and borrow the POTS” Note he didn’t say:

Remember he said: Borrow not a few!!!! In other words, set your sights high, borrow as many as you can, he told her! She set up the pots, she shut the door upon her and her sons, who brought the vessels to her, and she poured out. She filled up the pots over and over. I love the fact that the children were involved and watching. That’s what we have done, involved the kids in this miracle we are in the middle of.

God multiplied what she had; she sold the oil and paid the debt. Her children weren’t taken away.

At least we don’t have someone threatening to take away our kids! Hope, Judah and Josiah, are always such a blessing. Pastor Alex and Holly are wonderful to take in me, when I had the cancer, and of course, my husband Pastor Graham. That makes us 7 in the home. Our home in Florida, has a little home in the back for us grandparents.

We are not paralyzed with fear about how to get the money, in fact we just keep
laughing and joking about the whole situation. We have faced this before, over and over, money problems, but that is the way of a soldier for the war we are in. We are in a battle, we are running a race, we do get battle worn sometimes, but the Lord gives us a rest and then here we go again.

It occurred to someone that maybe the reason that the Lord hasn’t sent the money to us, is that the neighbor named Pat, across the street, is not saved yet.
We are working on her, telling her about being born again. Maybe that is the reason the Lord is having us wait. One soul! Think of how important one soul is to the Lord. One soul is so vital, so precious to the Lord, he will have you move to an entire city for one soul. It’s amazing, how much he cares about each one of us. One soul. She’s an old woman, tiny, frail, on oxygen, her husband gone, she is left alone. One soul. Can you join with us on this one soul?

Please pray for this one soul to be saved. We’ll keep you posted on her and also the finances and the moving truck. God is faithful

Changing the world for Jesus,

Sue Scott

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