April, 2017 Update
YOUR GIVING IS WHAT GOD USES TO KEEP US GOING
When God called me into ministry, I was an executive in a division of a major oil company. With what I had been able to save, my plan was to go through the Master of Divinity program at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee, as a full-time student without having to work. This also seemed very doable because Peggy decided to teach piano out of our home and at one time had 30 students. I will never forget the day when there was a knock on the door, and standing on the front porch was a guy who looked like Elvis Presley! Turned out he was an impersonator who played by ear, but wanted to learn how to read music.
Things went ok the first year, but early in the second we ran out of money in savings. I was thinking that I needed to drop out of seminary for a while and take care of my family. Things became especially demanding when Peggy informed me one day that our washing machine was no longer working. I thought, “This has to be a sign from God to go to work.” A few evenings later, we were returning from a trip to the Laundromat. As we turned into our driveway, we almost ran into a big box someone had put in the middle of the driveway. I tried to move it out of the way, but it wouldn’t budge. It had a new washing machine in it! To this day, I do not know where it came from. Maybe God sent an angel to drop it off.
God has used that experience and others like it throughout my 30+ years in ministry to remind me that when I am faithful to His calling, He is faithful to meet the needs.
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (1Th 5:24 NAS95)
“Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.” (Ps 37:5 NAS95)
When God calls us to do something, He will provide. However, He requires that we proceed by faith.
“For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” (Heb 10:36 NAS95)
It was not until I ran out of my resources in seminary that I became a candidate to receive His. I have been thinking about that a lot over the last month or so, because we have planned to do some major ministries in Kenya this summer which we have scheduled by faith. Yet, as of this date, we still do not have all of the resources we need to do them.
One of the missions that, no doubt, God opened the door for us to do is something we cannot do in the USA. That is to teach public school teachers in Kenya to use chronological Bible stories, not only to teach students about the Bible, but to use them to help teach math, science, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Will you look very carefully at this picture which is of students listening to the presentation of the Story Cloth? Now multiply the numbers of children you see in the picture until you get around 85,000. Imagine them learning about God who so loved them that He sent His Son to be their Savior! Imagine them learning what math and science reveal about our Creator!
This is the door God has opened and the door CRM is going through by faith. So far, we have trained over 300 teachers in Kenya and numerous others in Zambia to use the stories in their class rooms. This year, we are going to train 12 leading teachers in the Narok district of Kenya to continue the process of teaching the other teachers to use the stories in their classroom. Then, they are going to actually teach 24 teachers to do so with our team’s assistance. We need the funds to pay for this teaching, and the funds to supply them with Story Cloths.
We believe God has also opened another door to reach people with the Gospel through the stories. One of the hardest groups to reach over the years has been the men who have to follow the grass and the water in caring for their cattle. Seldom are they in places where we have been able to share the stories with them. So, the Lord gave us the idea of Cow Vaccination Missions, where we send a team into the bush to vaccinate cows. As a result, these men come to us! In just two clinics we have seen over 125 men come to Christ! When is that last time you have seen that happen? This ministry requires us to buy vaccinations. The more vaccinations we can buy, the more men we can reach. To date, only $300 has been given for this. We need 20 times this amount for this mission.
There is no doubt in my mind that God has assigned these opportunities to CRM. We have not waited for everything to be provided to schedule the mission trips. We have done so by faith in His promises that He who calls is faithful to provide.
I didn’t believe it was Elvis on our front porch that day, and I really don’t think God used an angel to give us the washing machine we needed while in school. God worked through someone who was sensitive to Him and to our need. Are you the “someone” God wishes to use to help provide for our teams going to Kenya in June? By faith, we scheduled the mission and our team has bought their tickets. Will you pray and ask the One who has called us to these ministries if He wishes you to help bring them to pass?
If you sense God leading you to give, you can send your tax-deductible contribution to
Calvary Road Ministries, 4100 Fulton Rd, Corryton, TN 37721
Designate to “Kenya Mission”
Or you can go to our website:
Click the “Donate” tab, then “Donate to CRM –giving for going”
Select the Special Needs designation and enter the amount you wish to donate.
Our prayer is that “you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
Your giving is what God uses to keep us going!
Seeking His Face, Sharing His Grace (Psalm 67:1-2), Alan McAlister, blessed to be President of CRM