Prodigal: I tried some of your muffins?
Me: What do you think?
Prodigal: That possum’s on the stump!
Me: Thank you!
This is from the book God’s Generals by Roberts Liardon
In January of 1908, Lake began to pray for the needed finances to take the Africa trip. Tom joined with him, and they determined the trip would cost $2,000. They had been praying for a while when Tom got up and slapped Lake on the back, saying, “Don’t pray anymore, John. Jesus told me just now that He will send us that $2,000, and that it will be here in four days.”
Exactly four days later, Tom returned from the post office and three four $500 drafts on the table. “John here is the answer!” Tom shouted. “Jesus has sent it. We are going to Africa!”
Just as the Lord proclaimed, in April of 1908, the group left for Africa. The team was made up of Lake, Jennie, their seven children, Tom and three of his companions. One of Tom’s companions had lived in Africa for five years, could speak Zulu, and would serve as interpreter. They bought their tickets, but had no extra money for the expenses of the trip. Now God’s one-time millionaire would learn how to fully trust Him. He had only $1.50 in his hand.
And as Lake obeyed, the Lord miraculously provided for the team. The immigration laws of South Africa required each family that arrived to have at least $125, or they wouldn’t be permitted to leave the ship. And as they pulled into the port, Lake had no money. So Jennie looked at him and said, “What are you going to do?”
Lake responded, “I am going to line up with the rest. We have obeyed God this far. It is now up to the Lord.”
As he stood in line, ready to explain his dilemma, a fellow passenger tapped him on the shoulder and called him to the side. He asked Lake a few questions, then handed him two money orders, totaling $200.
“I feel led to give you this to help your work.” the stranger said. If you’ve heard from God, then step out in bold aggressive faith. He’ll be there to meet you every time.
O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
Jennifer Van Allen