Our hope was to be moving to Austin on September 1st, that’s the timeline that had been set. We won’t be making it to Austin on that timeline. Fundraising has been a hard journey, but it has been good. It has not seen success the way this world defines the word, but it has been sanctifying. You could say we have failed in one regard, but we do not view this as failure. It’s simply that the language of success and failure is the only language we have. Our desire in this has been so greatly that whether we “succeed” or not we do so to the glory of God, that if we “fail” we “fail” to the glory of God.
As of today we are at best 10% funded, we cannot move until funding eclipses 80% of our stated budget. I have seen God do big things in terms of funding calling, as has ASI. We are not counting him out but our timeline changes with every passing day now. That’s our new reality.
Fundraising is a process that is sanctifying and good for the soul; it exposes so much about the condition a person’s faith is truly in. It has exposed areas in my life where my faith in God is not big enough. It exposes the splinters of our broken idols. It’s an opportunity to grow in faith and it has been just that for us. It’s a refining time in the life of the believer. It has been good for us, and we have learned so much through it.
There are reasons this is not a failure:
- Growth: This year has been a hard journey, but God has grown us in faith, in our understanding of the gospel, and as followers. That has been invaluable.
- Clarifying the call: I’m more certain in what God has asked us to do, how he has asked us to serve, and what our ministry should like than I have ever been.
- The Gospel: At the end of the day, no matter what happens in our life, we are bought by the blood of Jesus Christ there is no greater reason to rejoice in present circumstance than that.
- Confirming the call: This season has seen more outside confirmation of calling than ever. The men who have confirmed they believe in our calling are ones I greatly respect and for God to affirm us through them is incredibly reassuring.
What it looks like to fail to the glory of God:
- Joy: (James 1:2-4) We count it all joy, trial produce endurance, and Jesus has secured our greatest good. Knowing the truth of the gospel leaves us no option but to have joy regardless of our various trials.
- Speech: (2 Cor. 4:13-14) The gospel compels us to continue to speak the greatness of Jesus’ atoning work on the cross even in the face of “failure.” The truth of Jesus is that he has secured our eternal success and there is a dead/dying world that needs to hear that. We must work toward the end (Matt 24:14) and the fulfillment of the great commission (Matt 28:19-20).
- Hope: (2 Cor. 4:17-18) Because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross our hope is secured. Our great good is eternal glorification with Jesus. We know that is secured in the propitiation of Jesus Christ on the cross, and because of this we have every cause for hope!
Barring a major swing in events over the next week, we won’t be making it to Austin. Regardless of what happens we hope God is glorified in some way. We may be delayed, but we are not defeated (2 Cor. 4:1-18). This is obviously a time where we may have to step back our efforts and reevaluate some things, but our calling is not among those. We know God has asked us to pursue ministry for the furthering of the gospel, through the building of the church, for the glory of God. We will continue to pursue that because #WeDoItForAnEternalPrize. (1 Cor. 9:25)
My hope and prayer is that our reality as it relates to support raising changes in these coming days. If it does not our prayer is that we “fail to the glory of God.” Either way our prayer is that God is glorified.