Monday, August 11, 2008

"Too Wonderful for Words!" 2 Cor. 9:15

We had our 1st Footprints in the Fairways golf tournament this weekend. It was absolutely amazing! Just as this title says, it was too wonderful for words! There is no way I could ever put into words how incredible this event was. It was indescribable! When we started to plan this event we were hoping to have enough golfers for one team per hole. Well God out did our expectations. Also we set a goal of making $5000 on this tournament. And of course he exceeded those expectations as well allowing us to raise over $10,000! I was reading through my Bible trying to find a story that represented this golf tournament and this ministry. Below is the story I came across. Paul is writing in 2 Corinthians 9 about a ministry of giving for the believers in Jerusalem.

"Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.”
"For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you."

"Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. So two good things will result from this ministry of giving—the needs of the believers in Jerusalem will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.
As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you. Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!" 1 Corinthians 9:6-15

As I read this, I thought this is what the Footprints ministry is all about. Each of you planted(gave) generously to the tournament and now we have a generous crop. You also each gave so cheerfully of your time, money and talent. I know the Lord will provide each of you everything that you need. He will not only provide all that we need, he will provide in abundance so that we have plenty to share with others. What a Gracious God we serve! It also goes on to say that when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. Wow, that's exactly what we long for in this ministry is for these families to give thanks to God. We don't do this ministry for any recognition ourselves. We just want all thanks and glory to be given to God. And my favorite part of this chapter-"Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!"

This golf tournament was truly a gift for God that is too wonderful for words. I could never sufficiently thank everyone for this amazing gift! We could not have had a more perfect day! The weather was gorgeous and I believe that God's glory shined through this whole day!

Over the next several posts I am going to attempt to thank all of our sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers. So please stay tuned. Also to see more pictures the tournament please click here. Again thank you to everyone who made this event so successful! And thanks to our Gracious God!


The Reeds said...

Great job Kim!! I love all of the pictures! It was too wonderful for words!