This past week God has demonstrated to me once again his faithfulness and how he provides for those who wait on him and how he always has a purpose even if we don't see it right away. A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend from school who I haven't had many opportunities to talk with since graduation. Through our conversation, I shared with him what I was doing in Peru. He had just recently had doors shut for what he was going to do with his future and was sort of down and confused about what to do next. This wasn't the first time he had heard about Extreme because another friend had shared with him and so had I last year, but this time was different. I just encouraged him to listen to God's voice and that he would open some doors soon and I jokingly told him he should just come down to Peru for a few years. God's timing and plans are totally unexpected and mysterious because this talked was the cataylst of God's prompting on my friend and opened the door for him to be obedient to God. I found out last week that my friend applied, interviewed, and was accepted to come to Peru in May! We had known each other since freshman year of college and God knew all along that we would both be serving here in Peru. I'm so excited and humbled that God used me, even in such a small way, to help someone else hear their call!
Another unexpected answer to prayer happened last week. I have been in a lot of pain recently from a previous car accident and have had to return to the chiropractor in order to get some relief. Even though the visits are half the price of those in the states, it would take my entire allowance in addition to help from my family in order to afford the continued visits that are required. One of my new brothers, Stephen, has been faithfully praying with me each night for healing and that God would provide through this situation. The rest of the group has also been surrounding me in prayer and it's been such an encouragement! One night last week I was having dinner with the lovely Wilkin's family and was sharing with them my dilemma. They asked me how much it would cost to continue going to the chiropractor for the rest of my time in Peru. I did some quick math (which if you know me, math is not my strong point) and said it would be about $100 a month for 24 months. Jen and Cal proceeded to tell me of a new church plant who had graciously given them some money to go towards their trip even though they had raised over the amount they needed. The church told them they would know what to do with the money when the time came. The amount was exactly $2400! Tears were forming in my eyes as they told me that it was evident that the money was suppose to go to me to help with my expenses! I was humbled by their generosity and that of this new church! God is so faithful to those who wait and trust in him! We are still praying for healing, but for now God has provided in abundance!