• Jeff & Julie Sanders

When God's ways work in great ways

If we had to choose one verse for 2020, Isaiah 55:8-9 would be a contender. As the first of a new decade, it's been filled with unexpected events. We have a fresh sense of how small we are compared to the global power of a pandemic, the force of collective grief, the energy of anger, or the connections of economies in crisis. It's beyond us.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, declares theLord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

COVID-19 restrictions took little time to seep down into our national economy and ripples across the globe. News of needs filtered through our email inbox from partners daily. We had worked with a partner in India to gather information for development of a ministry center with a long-term vision for far-reaching needs, needs growing with the pandemic. Already in process, creation of tools to help our partner with the project seemed destined to be added to the list of losses for 2020. But God's ways work in great ways.

Acting with a lot of hope and prayer, we made the need for graphic design volunteers known. Would the request be lost in the noise of world-wide trauma? Was it insensitive to even ask? Many businesses were scrambling to stay afloat, with stimulus loans dribbling out slowly. One Christian company owner saw our request and responded the next day, letting us know their staff was available and eager for meaningful work in the economic stillness. Our project would help keep their team engaged and employed. Their team would help our partner's long-term vision move forward. God made it a gift to the open-handed owners, to our partner in need, and to us.

Our partner shared this:

"Greetings from Kolkata. I could not stop thanking GOD for the ways in which He continues to bless & guide HIS work even in the most perilous times. Your testimony of GOD’S special provision through a design team of a Christian company ... made my day! This has been a season where we have been very intentional in not asking for any support & simply taking our every need to the LORD in prayer. Your email is a tremendous encouragement to us. I had just spoken to the Leadership Team on Friday & had told them that we will not ask Live Global about the building extension program in this season because of the challenges of Covid- 19. When I received your email, I could not stop thanking GOD for HIS faithfulness & your extravagant love for us. We are overwhelmed."

With hearts always seeking how they can use their resources for God's glory, business owners took their burden and turned it into a blessing.

God's ways are higher than our ways. Praise Him that His ways work in great ways!

If you would like to receive a folder of materials to learn about what God is doing in Kolkata, let us know. We would love to share about His great ways!

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