Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
This verse directly relates to tithing and is an incredible promise from the Lord. When we tithe to Him we give of our talents, time and treasure. We give back to the Lord for all of the the things He has given to us.
I realized this morning that we are living in Malachi 3:10. We are busting at the seams here in Rio Viejo. Our dorm is full of people, our calendar is full of groups, our store houses are full of supplies and things to give away...we are feeling quite full.
The beauty of this is that we have never stopped giving things out. We continue to distribute baby clothes and medicines and diapers...everything that comes in...goes out!
In the next 3-4 weeks we are expecting to receive a 40ft ocean liner full of equipment, supplies and necessities to make the outpatient clinic fully functional. We will have everything from filing cabinets to an x-ray machine!
This is an incredible feat! So many organizations have worked together (including the Church of God, Bay Community Church and Healing Place Church, to name a few) to get the container packed and ready to ship. The rains have finally stopped and we are ready to try and get it up the mountain!
So now...we have to play musical store houses again! With the Williams family still living in the back of the hospital, because their house isn't finished yet, we have to find creative ways to get all of the stuff in here. The game goes like this...you take suff from one room and move it into another room...and then you take what was in that room and try to get it into another room...all in an organized fashion so you know where everything is. It is really very challenging.
I think this is probably the best "problem" you can have. I think one translation of Malachi 3:10 says that God will bless you so much that you will be embarrassed because you won't have enough space to take it in. Well I think we have reached the embarrassed level. Our cup is about to run over, and I am so grateful to God and all the people who have been obedient to Him and helped make this happen.
We are soooo close to being a fully functional facility...and you know...I am so glad I get to be here to see it happen!