Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blessings From The Grave


Doesn't this seem like a weird photo to put under the title of this article? How is Disney World a blessing...from....the...grave.... (read that in a spooky manner).

Well, this is whazzup. Last July my father passed away. He was a blue collar, hard working man his entire life, and when he passed away--well the truth be told his estate wasn't very large and it was divided into fourths for each of the kids, but it was more than we thought it would be. Now, here Denise and I are with some disposable income in our hands. What to do, what to do.


Should we save it for a rainy day?
Give it to the ministry?
Pay for 1/19 of the kids college?
Blow it on cool stuff we never are able to do?

The last time that we took a real vacation was in 2006. The next time we will be in the States as a family will be in 2015 (we think). When we are in Bolivia, it is almost impossible to leave due to visa nonsense and money, so we figured that we have one really good chance in a nine year period to take a killer vacation. I wholeheartedly chose BLOW THE MONEY NOW AND NO ONE WILL GET HURT!!!

Dad is paying for it. That is the blessing from the grave. When dad was alive, we always tried to get him to go on vacation with us, but he never would (which made us and makes us very sad). When we received the money, we thought...why not let dad pay for the vacation of a lifetime, and tell the kids over and over that this is a gift from Grandpa!

That is what we are going to do. We are going to Disney World! It is going to be a nine year blowout blast doing things that no missionary could ever do on a missionary salary!!!!

Dad, I know that you are in Heaven because you knew Jesus, so, "Thanks!!!" for the upcoming memories!!!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Totally Foreign Concept


I was with a friend the other day, and we were chatting about Bolivia on the way to pick something up out of a storage unit that he rents. When we got to the Storage facility, there were over 100 units and no vacancy. This got me to thinking, so I did about 2 minutes of on-line research and came up the the facts that there are around 55,000 self storage facilities in the USA, with a total average annual market income of $30,855,000,000. Look at that number again! Many of these facilities are even climate controlled, and to be honest, almost all of them are better than the average home in a developing country like Bolivia or most of Africa.

My friend asked me if, when we left Bolivia, we had placed our stuff in a storage unit. I told him that to 90% of the world, storage units are not only unheard of, they are an extremely weird concept. Lets think about it for a minute.

I have too much stuff for my large home and property to hold. I have more stuff than I have room for. So, what is my solution? Do I give it to someone else? Do I allow another to use it? Do I sell it and use the money for something else?

No. I rent a storage facility. Here I can put the stuff that I do not use or maybe not even want into a safe location where others cannot use it. I don't need it. I don't use it. However, I am going to keep it because this is what we do...we acquire and accumulate.

Can you imagine this happening in a third world country? Can you see a row of huts out in the countryside of Africa where people put unused items so that no one else can use them? Can you imagine a poverty stricken nation having storage facilities?

Don't read a bad attitude here...I am just saying that only in a place where wealth is so great and taken for granted would someone not only own things that they don't use, but pay someone else to protect them.

Unlike the first century church that sold their possessions and met the needs of others, we pay others to keep our possessions.

So...here is a challenge for you that could benefit the country of Bolivia.

How about you have a garage sale, then another one, then another one...until your home can hold all your possessions. You can give the proceeds of your garages sales to our ministry, and then also give to world missions the amount that you were paying for renting! If everyone did this...it would mean $30,855,000,000 each year going to the expansion of the gospel from the USA alone! Now, I know everyone isn't going to do this...but couldn't you? Go by our website to see info on how to give! :)

Until next time....how about you start using the Storage Unit of the Heavenly Depository.
Joe

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