Have you ever had one of those conversations with God that you know you are not going to win but you try anyway? Well, that is what just went through my mind. I have been asking God what do we need to do? We feel stagnant because there are no speaking engagements and sometimes I feel that if I don’t use my gifts, I will lose my gifts. God chose to put inside my head, the Philippines, and that is where the losing conversation began for me.
I was so bold as to tell God that there is no way we could go to the Philippines because it would be impossible to raise the money to go. He put on my heart that I was to trust him and not what I see around me. I knew that because I am always saying it, but this time is different. This time there have been so many disasters that people are putting their money in helping (us included). Did you catch the excuse? This time is different! This time is not different and that the God of this universe is still the same as he was last year when we were going and had to cancel.
Last year we raised the money to go and our trip ended up being canceled because of what was going there, so we just sent the monies we had raised and attempted to do the ministry long distance. The money went out but there was never a response because our good friend and my brother Pastor Ken Tagud passed away. We are sure they used part of the money for the Storehouse, but most of it probably went to Pastor Ken’s family to help with the expenses. It really doesn’t matter how it was used at this point, but now we will need to start over at square one.
I thought I would try one more time to convince God why we couldn’t go, but the answer had not changed. So, we are going to start another campaign to raise the money to return once again to the Philippines. We still have a solid connection with Faith Tabernacle Church in Cebu with Pastor Ben Tagud, the father of Pastor Ken. Pastor Ben started the church many years ago and is now overseeing it once again.
We will be planning to return sometime in July or August of 2018. We would appreciate your support with your contributions to help us return. God said he would supply and we know he will, but he also expects us to do our part as well which is reaching out and asking for your help. All contributions are tax deductible, but goes to helping those in the slums as well as those on the small islands. We are going to continue to stock the Storehouse, but this time we are going to take the funds with us and purchase the items ourselves. God has been so awesome to us and has blessed this ministry so many times and in so many ways.
Please take a few moments to pray and ask God what he would have you give and then follow that prayer. You will be blessed, and God will pour into your lives more than what you could ever expect. I have tried the trying to convince God otherwise but like always, I lose, and he wins. God 100,000, me 0.
You can give by mailing a check to us at 9506 Angeline Rd E, Bonney Lake, WA 98391, or if you are already in the 21st century, you can go to our web page and give via PayPal. Go to www.reamministries.com and click on the Donate button. Whatever way you choose, thank you in advance and my God bless you.
Ream Ministries International
Steve & Lorraine Ream