“I really don’t want to do this move Bart. It’s the middle of the semester and we’re already stressed out.” “I know Andi, but unless we can come up with $1,000 more in monthly support in the next week, this move is what we have to do.”
If it were up to us we would leave now, move back to Tennessee, or maybe even make a trail out west somewhere and give up this crazy “foolishness for the sake of Christ” (1 Corinthians 4:10). Yet we can’t. We have died to the easy way out of our calling. According to Paul, Christ gave some to be teachers, preachers, apostles, prophets…and so on (Ephesians 4), all so that the body of Christ might be built up. When Bart and I entered into this New Covenant with Christ we also entered into His calling, and became wholly His servants. What is truly amazing is that we became heirs to His kingdom, His blessings and His providence as well. In Matthew 5:45 we read that God lets His rain fall on the just and the unjust, but the radical difference for the believer is that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28) and that His blessings unfold to the thousandth generation for His followers.
Point blank? God is good, ALWAYS. He is constant. He will provide EXACTLY what we need even when we think we need more, or we have to work harder for it. God LOVES His children and because of that we are blessed to be refined by His hand so that He can mold us into His image. Praise Jesus.
These last few weeks I have gotten several emails reminding me that I have a balance on my student account and that I cannot register for my necessary spring classes until it is paid. I was supposed to have registered by the end of last week. Robbing Peter to pay Paul has become a regular thing for us, and reading one more bill made me sick. Then I checked my Face book messages. A short note from a close friend was in my inbox. She was asking me if I had received the check her family had sent yet. I was puzzled and began to mentally sort through the donor checks I had dropped off at the office to be processed the day before. The Bart came in and handed me a letter that he had just gathered from the mail box. The letter was from the same friend and with it was a check for a sizeable amount. The letter specified that this amount was for school exclusively. Now Bart and I could empty our savings to pay for rent and use the donation to begin the payment for schooling. What is amazing about this is that this check was a onetime gift that this person described as “God told me to give you this much.” This is one confirmation that we are supposed to be doing this. God answers our prayers through you.
We have reached 23% of our needed budget. That is enough to pay one tuition bill, rent and electricity, and some fuel with small groceries after. This doesn’t include health insurance, life insurance, phone bills, most groceries or all of school tuition. Obviously, this is not a healthy way to live. Our stress levels are high most of the time and so we have had to make a tough decision. We have decided to move out of our apartment into one of the trailers on campus. I am thanking God that our landlord has let us have this option. We would love to stay here and not move in the middle of writing papers. The above quote is from an earlier conversation Bart and I had. This move seems overwhelming to me. We will need to get at least one week ahead in our class. Our kids have just gotten adjusted to this house and Lucas is sleeping through the night again. Please pray about this financial need. If you feel God has led you to it, please see the end of this blog for how to support us financially.
ICOM, the International Conference on Missions is only two weeks away. It could provide an awesome opportunity for Partnership Development (fundraising). We have been given a gift to help us get there, and we are borrowing a much smaller car than what we own to help us not use so much gas. We are thrilled to be able to touch base with other missionary friends and maybe connect with some churches. This year, ICOM is being held in Indianapolis, Indiana. We will be spending 3 days in Indy, a few days in Converse, Indiana with Bart’s family, and some in Richmond with my family. On our way back to Texas we will be stopping in Knoxville again to make some more connections. If in any of these places you would be interested in touching base with us about a support opportunity, or a church connection please contact us!
Friends and family, thank you for sticking with us. It has been far too long between blogs (hence the length). For all who are already on board as our prayer team or supporting us financially, we give you a big ol’ Texan YEEHAW! And thank you!! If you would like more information about what we are doing with Pioneer Bible Translators contact us below!
Make checks payable to Pioneer Bible Translators without our names on them and mail them to:Bart & Andi Cameron 3510 N. 1000 W. 27 Converse, Indiana 46919
If you would like to give a personal gift without a tax deduction, send a care package (she likes Oreos), or to be in touch with us here in Dallas, here is our info:Bart & Andi Cameron 7500 W Camp Wisdom Rd Box 64 Dallas, Texas 75236