I didn’t intend to….
When I set up a table at that one craft fair in October, 2008, I didn’t intend that to be the first of over two hundred similar events.
When I ordered potholders from Laos and doilies from Kosovo, I didn’t intend to purchase thousands of other products during the next five years.
When I put that first $349.00 in the bank, I didn’t intend to keep making deposits, that would total over $50,000.00.
When I asked God what He wanted me to do about the poor and needy, I didn’t intend to start a small business.
I didn’t intend to turn a guest room into a stockroom, volunteer countless hours, learn about loss and profit, year- end inventories and the complexities of international business.
I didn’t intend to form a team, create a logo, develop guiding principles, establish an online presence.
I didn’t intend to partner with 27 organizations in 14 countries and travel halfway around the world to meet some of them.
I only intended to do one thing.
5 years ago I asked God the question: What do you want me to do about Your concern for the poor and needy? And the only thing I intended to do was: Say “Yes”.
For the past five years I have said “yes” to what I think God is calling me to do- use Mercy Market as the avenue for responding to His heart for the desperate and broken.
I don’t know where this will lead. I don’t have a plan for the next five years. I don’t have an agenda or a financial goal. I don’t intend to. I simply intend to do this one thing, say “Yes”.
I urge you to do the same.
Ask God what He wants YOU to do regarding the overwhelming call of Scripture to care for the poor and needy. I can’t wait to see what He intends to do with your “yes”.