Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. ~Martin Luther
My name is Lannie Abernathy and I’m the director of a Royal Family KIDS (RFK) camp in Cordova, Tennessee. We have been a part of the RFK camp for 16 years, although we had to go on hiatus for a couple of those years while a new director was found … me.
My first year as director was to say the least, hard in the fact that fundraising was not my strongest quality. Our church expects us to raise all of the funds required to hold the camp so we worked and worked and fell short the first year. We had to be bailed out by the church with the expectation that we would do much better next year.
In our 15th year—my second, our team was determined to raise every dime we needed for camp. As we planned for the upcoming year, we didn’t cut corners and instead, started planning a bigger, better camp. I began to pray strictly for the Lord’s provision and uncommon favor for our camp, always reminding Him that this was His work, His ministry, and these were His kids. “Lord give us wisdom and the right words to share the story of RFK and the tragedy of abused and abandoned children with those around us.” As I repeatedly prayed this I also repeatedly told our team that “This is God’s work, not ours. This is His business, not ours and we are going to believe that He will be faithful to meet each and every need. Not just a little but above and beyond anything that we can imagine.” This planted the seed of faith and expectation we needed. Our first fundraiser brought in over $7,000. The sky didn’t open up and rain money, but every idea worked and continued to build our bank account.
One Sunday morning last February, a church member came up to me and said, “if you will pray that I can sell my business this next week I’ll write you a check for your camp.” We began to pray and believe that God was not only going to help and bless this church member, but ‘us’ as well. I didn’t know the details of their business or what it would take to sell it. All we knew was that they needed out from under the burden of the business and we needed the promised donation. The next Sunday morning, someone walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and there was this couple who stood all smiles and began thanking us for praying for them. Yep, they had made a deal to sell their business that week. A couple weeks later I was handed the promised check.
After 15 years of serving children in the Memphis area, we finished our 2017 summer camp in the black for the first time. Not because of us, but because of the faithfulness of God. Do we fall short by leaning on our own understanding and not giving our petitions directly to the Lord? Do we fail to ask big and dream bigger? Money is nothing to God. When we put our trust in Him, then He will be faithful to provide.