Planting Seeds

2 Corinthians 9:10
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Soon after we were married, we received an advertisement for sponsoring a needy child. We received a picture of little Mario from Guatemala and agreed to sponsor him for $8 a month.

Soon we took another child in Guatemala and then another and another.  We purposely took them all in Guatemala in case we ever had a chance to travel there and see them. 

Several years later, a team was forming in our church to travel for 10 days to Guatemala to do work in a school.  We inquired about the trip and the leader quickly signed us up.  Before long Laurie and our 6 year old daughter Becca were on our way to Guatemala to see our 4 sponsored children.  It was an amazing experience that led to many more visits.

Over the past 20 years we have made numerous trips to Guatemala building life long friendships.  But that’s not all.  That seed money of $8 a month eventually inspired us to adopt a child from Guatemala in 1995.  The baby we adopted was also Mario! (We renamed him Joshua).   It also led to our children learning Spanish, living in Guatemala, and serving in other countries with YWAM.

While living in Guatemala, our daughter Becca worked in an orphanage and encouraged us to adopt 8 year old Isaiah.  Isaiah has been with us for 4 years and hopes to help his native people someday.  It is our hope to live there some day and run an orphanage full time.  Our seed money has definitely gone a long way!


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