Experiencing God’s Provision
Richard and Lois have had their share of challenges over the years but have witnessed God’s provision in amazing ways. In 2013, Lois had to stop working for four months after injuring her knee — ending their only flow of income at the time. She and Richard began collecting things from around their home during the week to sell on Saturdays at a garage sale. Each week, the amount they made in sales would somehow always cover the week’s expenses. Before long, Richard and Lois would receive an unexpected financial gift in the mail, and Lois was granted disability. Lois’ disposition about God’s provision is similar to her attitude about helping the poor — she’s pretty matter of fact. Just as she made a decision to obey Isaiah 58, she’s also decided to believe its promise too. After God’s call to care for the poor, verse 11 reveals a remarkable assurance:
“The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.”
“God really does bless you when you honor him,” says Lois with a shrug and a smile. “When God provided for us, he was providing for our sponsored children too,” she says.
Making An Impact
Lois holds a letter in her hands and reads aloud:
I am so grateful from my deep heart and my soul for everything you have done for me. Now I am at college to be a BA in psychology to be able to help my community and all young children. Always keep me in prayers. I will never forget your kindness.
— Your dear daughter, Elizabeth
Richard and Lois sponsored Elizabeth when she was just 7 years old and saw her through to graduation. And when they received a letter from Compassion asking if they would like to sponsor another child, Richard and Lois would reply “yes,” as they had done numerous times before, without hesitation. “We keep sponsoring because we see the good things that happen,” says Lois. “We see the children thrive!” Richard agrees and says, “Just knowing we are helping enriches our lives.”