A couple of weeks ago we received a message from the church in Alaska that for over four years had been sponsoring Sodo House in Ethiopia, advising they could no longer send the $1,000 per month support of this project. It has always been our goal at Harmony to keep you, our Partners, informed of our struggles as we help the vulnerable and spread the knowledge of Jesus in the 10-40 window. We do this so that your faith will grow as you stand with us on the battlefield and experience with us God’s mighty deliverance. The news about this loss of support came at the precise moment when Harmony is launching two major new outreaches in Cambodia—Esther’s House for young victims of trafficking and sexual abuse and our Learn-2-Work outreach to University students in Phnom Penh. Together these two new outreaches increased our monthly budget by $2,000. And then two days ago our bookkeeper informed us that our bank account is empty.
Well, if we were following man’s ideas of doing business, it would suggest that we need to notify Hannah Orphan’s Home (HOH) in Ethiopia that we are unable to continue our support for the sweet kids at Sodo House because we lost our support for that project at the precise moment when our budget in Cambodia has significantly increased.
So we called a meeting of Harmony’s leadership team and staff to discuss the situation and to call out to God. The unanimous consensus was that at Harmony we do not want to walk by sight, but by faith. “Now faith is the assurance of what is hoped for, and the certainty of what is not yet seen. And by it, the ancients gained approval.” (Heb 11:1-2)
We believe that God wants us to continue to take care of these sweet children at Sodo House. We have been providing for these orphans for 4½ years and do not want to transfer that burden back to the shoulders of Hanna Teshome—the founder/director of HOH. As I often say, with God there is absolutely no difference in providing $3.00 or a trillion dollars. To Him those two figures are of equal weight—which is to say, no weight at all! The only question is, does God want us to support these kids and continue to help Hannah? If the answer is yes, then we move forward by faith, trusting in the promise of scripture!
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. (Isa 58:6-11)
And so to all of you—our team and partners in ministry—we pass along this development. We are launching two truly beautiful new outreaches in Cambodia, our bank account is empty, and we lost a major donor supporting Sodo House. This is awful… or is it?
You see, the beautiful promise of scripture is that when you spend yourself on behalf of the vulnerable, you can call and the Lord will answer, you can cry for help and He will say, ‘Here am I.’ The Lord will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen you. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters NEVER FAIL. Halleluiah!
And so if you are receiving this, then you are in this with us! Please join us in crying out to God in our time of need. I do not want to shrink back from any good thing we are doing based on budgetary concerns. Jesus promised that if we “seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, all that we need will be ADDED.” (Mat 6:33) God help us not to be like the Israelites leaving Egypt who, every time they faced a challenge, panicked. Rather let us do as they should have, looking back on all the mighty deliverance God provided in the past and facing the new challenge in faith.
We love you, Team Harmony. We love the kids at Sodo House. And most of all, we love You, God—we love you SO much!
If you want to step into the gap and help us in this time of need, we are trying to raise monthly sponsors in any amount—$20, $50, $100, etc. We need $1,000/month total for Sodo House orphans and $500/month for Esther’s House. Please call us at (951) 600-4474 to set up your monthly sponsorship.