This joke from Mikeysfunnies made me laugh this morning. I hope you like it. It also reminded me of a way ranchers can be involved in our ministry. Keep reading for more details.
A farmer had been swindled many times by the local car dealer. One day, the car dealer informed the farmer that he was coming over to purchase a cow.
The farmer priced the unit as follows:
- Basic Cow $999.95
- Shipping and Handling $35.75
- Extra Stomach $79.25
- Two-tone Exterior $142.10
- Produce Storage Compartment $128.50
- Heavy Duty Straw Chopper $189.60
- 4-Spigot/High Output Drain System $149.20
- Automatic Fly Swatter $88.50
- Genuine Cowhide Upholstery $170.80
- Deluxe Dual Horns $59.25
- Automatic Fertilizer Attachment $339.40
- 4 X 4 Traction Drive Assembly $884.16
- Pre-Delivery Wash and Comb $69.80
Farmer Suggested List Price $3336.26
Additional Dealer Adjustment $300.00
Total list price (including options) $3636.26
Tax and Ear Tags $418.00
TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE $4054.26
STEER, Inc., is an organization that partners with ranchers and farmers to help them invest in the Great Commission through their everyday activities. It’s a great way to partner with us and help support our family and ministry.
If you or someone you know are involved in ranching or farming, they could help train youth workers in Latin America by taking a cow for us. It’s a risk-free investment for the rancher. If you’d like to know more, please contact us.
Today I’m off to Mexico City for this weekend’s National Youth Leaders’ Summit. I’ll be there promoting the Seminary programs and teaching two break-out sessions. It is put on by Especialidades Juveniles, the Spanish language arm of Youth Specialties. It will be great to participate in the conference, see friends I haven’t seen in a while, and make new friends.
Please pray that we will make some great contacts and that there will be many interested in continuing their training in youth ministry in one of our formal youth ministry training programs in Mexico.
Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. (21) And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. - 2 Chronicles 31:20-21
I want to be like King Hezekiah. As I read this passage this morning I thought about what verse 21 meant and how it applies to my own life and work.
Hezekiah did his work with ALL HIS HEART. He sought God first, doing what was right in His eyes. Then he worked hard at it, toiling with all his heart, and he prospered.
I have to ask myself if I am working as hard as I possibly can. If I am doing everything I can to get the job done. If my whole heart is in it. There is no room for half-hearted work. I must be all in.
I read a quote the other day by Lowell Thomas, “Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.” I think that Hezekiah would agree with that quote. We must work with all our hearts. What we are doing is too important for anything less. There is no time for procrastination.
We need your help!!! We’ve entered a competition that will help our ministry with some extra finances in return for working 4 hours a week.
There is a website called Hopscout that offers one children’s item for sale per day, and they are looking for some editors to review their products and write for them.
They will pay us to review products, give us a new computer, help with our kids’ college fund, and give us money for groceries. That’s a lot of help, which means your participation is crucial.
The first round of the competition was to make a video and ask people to vote for it. So, we made a video. It is posted here: http://bit.ly/e15b50.
We need your vote as soon as possible!. You can only vote once. We need a ton of votes to get to the next round, so please tell everyone you know about it. It would be a huge help for our family and ministry.