Our God provides. And then He’ll provide again. And then when you’ve forgotten, He’ll provide again, and again, and again.
I freak out a lot, okay? I have how much to raise in literally four days?? How is that money going to happen at all?? God, are you there?? I need a meteor or something to remind me daily that He is literally constantly watching over me and cares about me and WILL provide the money for me to get there.
I recently helped out at a booth at a local fair here in PA. I was able to sit there and just be a presence, but also share with people about what I was doing on The World Race and ask for small donations because you know, literally every amount helps when you’re fundraising for something much, much bigger than yourself. I wasn’t expecting much, as I hadn’t broken into the three digit numbers on Tuesday, but inside my mind I kept thinking “But man, it would be great to get a $20 bill, more fives, and maybe a ten or two.” But I halfheartedly prayed it and sat earlier in the afternoon believing in no way, shape, or form that it would happen.
Well, boy, was I wrong in all respects. God literally blew me out of the water. I got two tens from some men walking by, and a guy who was head of the booth-club I was standing with gave me a $20. Somewhere along the way, someone slipped ANOTHER $20 bill inside without me realizing it. I literally have no clue where it came from, it was like one twenty turned into two, no joke. I made over $100 in ONE DAY at the fair. Nearly double what I had made on Tuesday afternoon.
LOOK, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE??
AND. With the money I have saved up from earlier this month / other fundraisers, etc… I have a LOT of money waiting to be deposited and placed inside my account once I am home and able to deposit the money,
God didn’t even stop there. I sent some checks in last week that I was not expecting to process until at least next week or the week after, but they processed way early AND someone else sent in a check for $100, which means I made nearly $200 in online donations alone today.
My current balance until I reach my $10,000 deadline is $1,132 WITHOUT all the stuff I got from the fair, a check I need to send home tomorrow, the extra stuff, coins, AND money from a fundraiser I have going on next week leading up to the final deadline. Not to mention online donations that have been placed after a certain time in the day because they don’t send me email notifications for late-night donations anymore.
There is no possible way that I am this close, unless it is God Himself coming down from the heavens and working through me and through all the people who see my posts on Facebook, who share, who pray, who donate, who authentically believe in me and this mission. Through the asking, the constant badgering online, the constant praise reports as more donations come in, through the constant “Thank You’s” that just DON’T DO THIS JUSTICE.
I am so CLOSE to my launch goal. This is un-freaking-real.
How is it possible? God. YOU. Prayer.
The night before graduation, I literally was sitting at around $3,000 in my World Race account. I had gone on a walk with a friend really late that night and as we walked down the middle of a street in Quincy lit by street lamps and talked, I expressed my excitement for what was to come, but also my concern for making it to the next big deadline after Training Camp (because $3,500 to $10,000 is QUITE the jump), but how I still held onto faith that God would provide (and in my heart of hearts I kept thinking “what the heck, there’s no freaking way.”)… The next day, God abundantly provided nearly $2,000 through family and friends because of graduation.
And I look back on that moment the night before graduation and think “holy moly, who the heck was that girl??” Seriously, who was she?? I even think back to one month ago after training camp when I saw $6,000 inside my account and thought “Crap, well, around $4,000 to go in a month and a half, better start thinking of ways I’ll scrape by from September to December in some odd place…”
I doubted the bigness of God in those moments. And he has rightfully thrown all those bad expectations I had out of the water and given me hope and light in the midst of a time where my faith has been shaken like a leaf. I know He is faithful and that He will provide every last penny, but I am really excited for the moment I finally get it, that moment where I actually live it out instead of always saying it and then having my faith be shaken the moment a doubt comes.
MAN. Give praise to God because He’s a really magnificent guy that abundantly provides and never fails to amaze even me, a leaf so easily shaken in a moment of doubt.
$1,132 to go until $10,000 and $7,132 to go until I am FULLY FUNDED for the World Race. It is by the love and awesome-ness of supporters that makes this possible. Please consider joining me in this Mission if you are financially able and want to be a part of something so much bigger. To donate, check out ashleycook.theworldrace.org
All my Love!!