The birth of Advent Herald's
Praise God for His miracle in the birth of "Advent Herald Ministry." Our Father has been so great, He has taken us in His hand to help us to crawl, to stand and walk along His side.
In sharing with you some of the miracles that have blessed our lives we want to encourage you to step out and work for the Lord because his blessings are there for you also.
The idea of starting a home based ministry began with the concept of starting a printing ministry. Kirk began remodeling and preparing for a print shop. He worked for over a year on evenings and Sundays, using all his spare time on the project. The process was slow and very trying. But the Lord was teaching us patience, endurance and testing us to see if we were really serious about working for Him.
I prayed for Kirk often because I saw how slow and trying the process was. Then Kirk came home one day and said He wanted to quit work, to finish the project quicker. I was surprised but pleased at his sacrifice and determination. I told him to pray about it and do what the Lord told him to do. He did and then went to his manager and told him he wanted to quit work. He also told them that he was not looking for another job but he had a very important project at home that he wanted time to finish. His manager told him there was no need to quit. That they would give him a leave of absence for 4 months and his job would still be there for him and his insurance would continue during the leave of absence. This was a great blessing and a big sacrifice to give up 4 months salary besides all the expenses of remodeling and buying equipment.
While that was a miracle, I see our next event as the miracle of our beginning.
It took about 2 years (6 months full time and 1 1/2 years part time) of reframing, insulating, sheet rocking, mud, taping, etc., then it was ready to paint. The walls were ready and Kirk was laying down the plastic but didnt have the paint yet. I was invited to go out with a friend and learned from her friend that DEQ had recycled paint that was free for non-profit. So I called as soon as I got home. Then I learned that there was a waiting list for non-profit organizations to get white paint, and there were about 150 names waiting on the list which would take about one year to get any paint. I was a bit disappointed and told the man on the phone that "I had just learned of this or I would have signed up a year ago." I asked many questions trying to find out if another type of paint or color was easier to get. I even called back with more questions, but although the man was kind and gracious nothing worked out. So I told him to just put our ministry on the list and in a year we will use it for something. So he did.
The next day I was gone and when I returned home I was surprised to see on the back of Kirk's truck two 55 gallon barrels. I asked Kirk where did those come from? He said that DEQ called and asked if we wanted paint. Kirk told the man, "yes". He immediately cleaned up and went to pick up the two barrels. He thanked the man who had given us the paint and the man told Kirk that he thought it sounded like we really needed the paint.
What a blessing! That man passed up over 150 names to call us and give us what we needed - on the very day we needed it. At that time I felt like I was living a Bible story when God gave a dream to someone to go see or give something to a certain person. God is so good. Those old Bible stories of God's miracles and blessing are still alive today.
To me this was the beginning of God saying to us "this is My work, My ministry. You are My flesh and bones My hands and arms, but I am your power and strength." Praise God that just like a Father he gives us love and encouragement as we step out and walk with Him.
Another miracle was the donation of a copier with a 20 bin collator. We were having Sunday dinner with some church friends and a lady's non-Adventist husband was also invited. Kirk, as always showed everyone the remodeling project and our future plans of printing literature. We didn't realize it at the time that the non-Adventist husband must have been very impressed with the project we were doing. Because a few weeks later he told his wife to ask us if we wanted a free copier, he had obtained from a job. She told us and of course we were glad for the donation. Later his wife told us what was surprising to her is that he didn't give it to his daughter, who is an active Jehovah Witness, and printed lots of literature to give out.
This has been a great blessing to us. I remember years ago when I would write studies and go to Kirk's work to use the copier. I used to wish (figuring it was only a dream) to own our own copier. I never dreamed it would be as nice as one with a 20 bin collator. Praise God for his blessings. Praise God that he wants to out-do our biggest dreams.
Many years ago, the Lord showed me to put use what I do have to spread the gospel, and that I can't wait and wish for something bigger or better. That was back when all we had was a dot-matrix printer.
In the last few years the struggle to keep up has been hard. When we first started printing the "Straight Testimony" paper we printed about 1500 without a collator. We would first print 100 pages of page one, then turn it over and print page 2. We did that 11 times for 11 sheets of paper. Then we collated, stapled and folded by hand - about 1500 over a 2 year period.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want to encourage you to work for the Lord. But I want you to know that it is hard work and takes allot of endurance and perseverance. But God's blessings will be with you, and His peace and joy in the salvation of others is your reward. And as your faith in Him grows His blessings will grow. I encourage you to start now to give your all to the Lord's work. Dont worry about what you can't do and don't have. Start now to use what you do have and then God will give you more. You will have what you need (after he tries your character first.)
God Bless you