I was conversing with one of our youth leaders about our upcoming youth leaders camp and was asking him if he had already talked to his Mother about it.
” I didn’t mention this to my mom yet, because I know she will be sad,” he said.
I asked, “Will she be sad because of the expense?” And he responded, “She may not know where to get the money.”
This is what I shared to him:
1. Involve your parents
This kid knows that the cost for the youth camp will be challenging for his mom, being a single parent and having to raise two more children in the family. Nevertheless, he can take this as an opportunity to boost her faith as well. I told him, “Maybe you can talk to your mom about the youth camp and the cost for it. You may not have the amount at this point, but you can ask your mom to be in faith for provision. Ask her to pray and believe with you that God can provide. As you step out in faith, your mom is stepping out in faith too.”
2. Go back to your provider
Times like this, we need to point people back to our Provider, our heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. We have to remind them of their identity. This kid’s dad may have left him, but he has a heavenly Father who is more than able to provide for his every need.
I shared to him Ephesians 3:20: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
The amount for this camp is nothing compared to what God is able to provide . Our heavenly Father is able to do immeasurably and abundantly more than what we ask or imagine.
I’m excited for this young leader as he and his mother believe for provision and wait expectantly for God’s surprises.