The blessing is in giving

Posted by Mark Labuschagne on Saturday, November 15, 2014
Andi and I sold everything we owned, left everything behind us so that we could do what we believe God has told us to do and this with very little or no support from anyone. God is gracious and we thank the Lord for the ten people who faithfully give on a regularly basis into our ministry, and what we are able to accomplish with what we receive, is incredible on its own, however, we could only imagine what could be done if we received the financial support of everyone who said they are our friends.

We never asked to go into the mission field, in fact, although our heart has always been about people, Andi and I never thought that God would send us to a foreign land like Botswana, a desert in its own right, to minister and share His word in the way in which we now do. I have been called all sorts of names because I asked for money for money in the past, even from those I considered my closest friends and we have suffered financially for it. However, we have ceased from asking and continue to learn to live with what I have. So, my mentioning this has nothing really to do with what I have or do not receive, but simply with the fact that the church misses out because we do not give... There is no shame in asking people to get behind the vision. There is no shame in asking the church to give of their money so that we can reach the lost. There is no shame in asking to give our tithes and or offerings to the local church and we do not see or hear people say that they "will first pray" about doing so either, yet we have excuse after excuse when we are asked to do something out of love to reach the world for Christ. Friends, we know that God told us to go, but He uses people to get the job done and there are kings who have the resources that will enable to prophet to do exactly that. We need to reach the lost for Christ, we need people to fund the Gospel, we need people to give.

My frustration is we desire to do so much, but simply do not have the means to do... even though things get done over a time, it is because of a lack of obedience that our support is lacking.

When I hear people giving millions of dollars to keep a ministry on the air, we can only imagine how many peoples lives we could actually touch, if we had the same means to reach them where they are at. This week, we were on the streets, praying for people, we gave with the little we have and we know that God will get the means to us, but the fact of the matter is, God uses people to do so and if the people are not giving the work is not being done.

I am not making a direct appeal to you to please help Andi and I to get the work done. Help us by sowing generously into our lives and ministry. We need to feed, to cloth and help those around us and without your generosity, the process because so much harder. We need fuel for our vehicles, funds to be able to employ more staff, and your giving will hep us reach the lost as we spread the word of God to a dying people.

Let me leave you with this; while standing, ministering to an elderly lady in Moshupa, I could see her hardened heart and the hardness on her face as she rejected the Good News and my heart went out to her, because right there, by rejecting Christ, she made her eternal decision. Let us reach out to the lost, no matter what the cost so that they can be reached with the Gospel of Christ and know about His eternal love.

You can help make a difference in the lives of those around us by visiting our gifts page on this site and giving the best you have. Together, we can do it...

Our love for our Father

Mark Labuschagne We are a vessel set apart, cleansed, emptied, consecrated; just standing, waiting every moment for God, in Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to work out in us as much of the holiness and the life of His Son as pleases Him We worship Him only!

Ministry Bio

Mark Labuschagne At the age of 12, God called Mark to ministry and for the last 44-years his desire to stay true to this calling remains his passion. It was in the desert place, the road less traveled that God gave Mark a prophetic voice and sent him to the nations. In his 30 years of ministry, Mark has traveled to 60 countries and has seen the hand of God move in amazing ways in the hearts and lives of those he was sent to. He has a special love for the USA, a nation that he has visited and traveled extensively for over some 20 years. He currently lives between South Africa and Botswana and is an accomplished pianist, a sort after speaker, a respected preacher and seasoned prophet who desires to see the Kingdom of God established in the hearts of people across the earth. Married to Andi, they have two children, Carey 30, now married to Matthew and Ryan 28, engaged to Chantal, with Arabella their first grand baby and a cat named Tiga...