Risk Everything: Stories

04.03.18 | Stories | by Village Church

    Edwin & Maria

    One night, after finishing his Freedom Session homework Edwin looked at his wife Maria and told her, “we need to stop being afraid and trust God because he is in control.” Up until that point, they didn’t think they had an issue with money, but they quickly realized that they lacked faith in trusting God with their finances. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    Over the last month, letting go of their finances has been much harder than they expected, but they feel that it has taught them so much about what sacrifice looks like and what it feels like. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
    They made the leap and gave to the Village 2021 land purchase campaign and now feel free from living in the “comfortable zone.” “God is teaching us a lot right now about sacrifice in other areas of our life as a couple and family and we are excited, and a little scared, to keep growing in this area.”

    Justine

    Before moving to France to do full-time global mission work, Justine was working with a local non-profit women’s organization. She was passionate about helping women understand their worth, and was even planning to expand her involvement to reach more marginalized people throughout the Vancouver area until she felt God interrupt her life and her plans.
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    “God asked me to go to France and serve with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). In this time, God made it clear that this was my new home and I needed to move in the new year.” So Justine went home, packed up everything, and started looking for financial support. “It’s in my obedience that I can see the fullness of who God is, and that is enough for me to want to say yes, and not be worried about what I am giving up.”
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    Justine is now one of Village Church’s long-term global missionaries, working with young adults, fighting against human trafficking, and helping refugees. “The move was the best decision I have ever made! I am living in the will of God and am thriving in all that he wants to accomplish through me.”

    Jordan

    "As a carpenter, I’ve been blessed with the ability to use my hands. I couldn’t imagine living my life without using my talents to help others know Jesus.”
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    Jordan decided to scale back his work life and only work one job because he says, “I felt convicted working 24/7 and not spending any time serving, doing what Jesus has called me to do.” This past year, Jordan took on the Site Operations position as a volunteer at Langley North. Between Sunday and weekday duties, he sacrifices 10-12 hrs each week in a role for which he is uniquely suited—setting up and tearing down our Langley North cinema site.
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    “Financially, we’ve been trusting the Lord every week that he will provide, even though we’ve been unsure at times if we will make our bills, but he’s more than taken care of us. As a family, we are closer to Jesus than ever and as a married couple, we are also growing stronger. My personal walk with Jesus is closer than it has been in almost a decade.”

    Tara

    Tara was not looking to get involved with Local Mission at Langley South, but after Pastor Cliff introduced the idea of helping to provide lunches for HD Stafford school twice a week, she decided to check it out. She says, “it wasn’t until a week later that I felt God was telling me to do it and he wasn’t letting up on me.” ⠀⠀⠀
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    When she arrived the second week, after questioning whether she was really needed, she understood why God wanted her to be there. The practical need was taken care of, but “how could we show these kids the love of Jesus? Having a constant face week after week to see them, talk to them, that was what God was showing me I needed to be.”
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    The problem was that Tara is a busy mom and she wasn’t sure if she could make the commitment. “I was definitely nervous about what God was telling me to do, but every time I went in those worries would disappear.”
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    Now, Tara is the connecting point for the school to Village Church and for the Langley South Community Groups to the school. Every Monday and Wednesday, Community Groups provide lunches to the kids at HD Stafford and Tara ensures that everything is prepared and covered. She has provided consistency as different Community Groups cycle through, a consistency that has developed into relationship and trust. Many of the kids at HD Stafford face challenges in their lives at home, so this opportunity to have a meal and feel connected like a family is a huge need for them. “This might be the only meal of their day, so we really want it to feel like a home where they are loved and accepted, where it is safe to talk about their day and even have a few laughs."
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    As a result, Tara is learning to trust God more in her life. “I just have to say yes, and trust him with the details.”

    Jordan & Sarah

    Last year, when Jordan and Sarah heard about the Global Mission Impact trip to Greece, they felt prompted to go to the refugee camp to help and better understand how to care for refugees here at home. ⠀
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    “We were met with fear. We were saving to buy a second car and it seemed crazy to spend that money, which took over a year to save, on a Global Mission Trip.” ⠀
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    But staying at home and sticking to their plan was finding safety in self-reliance, something God was revealing to them that they needed to wrestle with. “Going to Greece was about surrendering to God and completely trusting his plan for our lives.”⠀
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    Since signing up, their need for a second car has suddenly lessened and God has provided unexpected financial help. All of this has created opportunities for Jordan and Sarah to share their story with their coworkers. But most importantly, through this experience, “God has strengthened our trust in him and the ways he will use this trip to glorify his kingdom.”⠀