Encouraged by the Hand of God

There is no better place to be than in the hands of our heavenly Father doing the work He has called us to do. But if we are honest with ourselves, even the best of God’s servants get discouraged and we are no different. We have been laboring intensely this summer on the Anniversary House along with work teams and other volunteers, but we had reached a point where we needed contractors to do some of the specialty work we were not equipped to do. We’ve spent several hours making phone calls and scheduling contractors to complete some of that work and then last Thursday we realized we had spent all of the allocated money for the project. It was like a wet blanket had been thrown over a tiny flame and we wondered what we should do. In thinking about our human reaction to this situation, my mind was called back to the stories shared by George Muller regarding his work with orphans. At one point in time he had a great need and he recorded this in his journal:

“I was rather cast down last evening and this morning about the matter, questioning whether I ought to be engaged in this way, and was led to ask the Lord to give me some further encouragement.”

That is exactly where we were at as a staff. But George Muller’s next words describe the next few days for us as well, “Soon after we were sent…” We had one of those “soon after” moments ourselves. Here’s the whole story.

The Lord has blessed us with several vehicle donations in the last several months and just last week we were able to meet the needs of one of the missionaries here at Siloam by giving him one of the donated cars. That was on Wednesday. On Thursday we realized we needed to move forward on the house but had exhausted the current funds. But, the Lord had already burdened the heart of a dear saint who mailed a check at the end of last week and it arrived on Monday. Not only was it a check, it was a significant check, one that will allow us to get several of the specialty projects completed and get us very close to finishing the house. Needless to say, we greatly rejoiced as a staff for God’s miraculous provision. Less than 24 hours later the next contractor on the list called and said his schedule opened up and he could start the next stage that day rather than waiting nearly two more weeks to begin.

Was any of this a coincidence? Not to our God! He was preparing all of these circumstances for just the right time so that we might experience His faithfulness and increase our faith in Him. George Muller wrote this about his motive for prayer:

“I desire that all the children of God, who may read these details, may thereby be led to increased and more simple confidence in God for everything which they may need under any circumstances, and that these many answers to prayer may encourage them to pray.”

And this is our prayer as well. As God’s children are moved to be a part of our ministry, we want to share with you what God has done so that you, too, may increase in your faith and trust Him to meet your needs. To God be the glory!

In His Service,

Michael

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – April Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project from March 9th to April 26th:

 

  • Apple’s Chapel Christian Church

  • Sean & Sharon Debnam

  • Graham Animal Hospital

  • Ronald & Patricia Somers

  • Michael & Kathy Watson

  • Gail & Kenny Workman

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $49,638.49!

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – March Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project from January to March 9th:

 

  • Apple’s Chapel Christian Church

  • Braxton Sawmill (sale of lumber from clearing property) – $ 2,438.10

  • Dr. Wayne Moore

  • Workers For Christ SS Class, Apple’s Chapel Church

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $49,263.49!

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date – January Update

We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project in the month of January:

 

  • Calvary Faith Baptist Church

  • Floyd and Anna Barb Miller

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $43,800.39.

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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We would like to thank the following donors that have recently contributed to the Anniversary Project:

 

  • David and Carol Lilly

  • Jeffrey & Cynthia Smith

  • Daniel and Constance Snyder

  • Dan & Jan Thompson

  • Milton & Betty Wilder

  • Woodard Eye Care

  • Troy Woodard, Jr.

 

With these latest contributions, the current total of financial donations to date is $42,870.39.

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Latest Donors and Total Financial Contributions to Date

We would like to thank the following two donors that recently contributed to the Anniversary Project:

  • Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

  • Wake Chapel Christian Church

With their contributions, the total income to date is $39,420.39.

Please keep in mind that this amount does not include all of the contributions of resources and supplies for the construction of the home that have been donated.

Thank you to all those who have already given, and for those who continue to give!

 

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Thank You To The Latest Donors!

The following individuals are the latest to donate to the 25th Anniversary Project:

 

  • Freedom Baptist Church

  • Agatha Johnson

  • Paul Jones

  • Rodney and Texie Wilson

  • Dwight & Shirley Johnson

  • Jack Miller, Sr.

  • Grady Workman III

  • Richard & Ruth Englund

 

Thank you for believing in what God is doing at Siloam and through this project!

 

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The Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation Has Pledged $25,000!

 

The Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation, which normally focuses on providing grants to improve the lives of at-risk children, have pledged to give $25,000 for the 25th Anniversary Project!

This $25,000 donation from the Larry and Karen Mulder Foundation will be released once $225,000, of the $250,000 needed for the project, has been raised.

Their foundation normally does not give grants for projects like this, but they would like to honor Larry and Joyce.

We would like to sincerely thank them for their generosity and for desiring to honor two individuals who are most deserving of such a blessing.

To God be the glory!

 

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Thank You to This Week’s Donors!

 

The following people have made financial contributions and we would like to recognize them for their support and belief in what God is doing at Siloam:

 

Dennis & Polly Riddell

Ken & Laura Byrd

Joe Cammarata

Lauryn Davenport

Timothy & Lysa Davis

Freedom Baptist Church

Long’s Chapel Church Young at Heart

Jack Miller, Sr.

 

With their financial contributions added in, the Total Received to Date is $35,700.39 in monetary gifts alone!

 

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Special Thanks to Dan and Jan Thompson!

 

We would like to thank Dan and Jan Thompson for a couple of reasons.

First, they made a $1,250 contribution to the project! Dan is an extremely gifted architect who created the custom house plan for the new 25th Anniversary home from scratch and gifted all of his professional services at no cost to Siloam.

Dan spent time with Larry and Joyce to ensure the house would be customized to their needs and desires. Dan then took all of this information, and along with ADA compliances, created a customized blueprint from nothing but a collection of ideas and regulations.

We cannot recommend Dan more highly for any and all architectural needs you may have. Not only is he extremely talented, but he loves God and enjoys serving Him supremely.

Second, Dan and Jan have both been instrumental in the planning and fundraising for the home from the very beginning. Jan has utilized her experience in helping Burlington Christian Academy raise a massive amount of money thus far towards their new high school facility.

They both have worked tirelessly for months now, most of the time behind-the-scene, to make sure the 25th Anniversary project is a very successful one.

Without their labor of love in the marketing, promotion, and fundraising aspects of the project, we would not be where we are today.

They both have freely given more hours of their time, the most valuable resource of all, than anyone will ever know.

 

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