Psalm 16:11You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
This is the way of life we should see in the garden friendship that Adam, Eve and God once shared. We should see it in the incarnation of Jesus with his Capernaum friendships and beyond. We expect this in the season of Revelation and in eternity. BUT. BUT. BUT. But, do you expect it today.
Have we shifted the norm away from the richness of disciplemaking friendships as our way of life?
I am praying for God to show you his way of life, granting you the joy of His presence and joy of living with him and his friends, now. And forever.
1 John 4:17And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.
Here are some of the passages I’ve been collecting that help us understand the nature of God’s inflow and overflow with and through us and each other. It’s a list in progress and I’d love to have you add to it as God shows you fullness and overflow with his Kavanah presence and power linked to our life with him and each other.
Please note the section titles are simply a wrestling at organizing the passages into collections to prompt the joy we have in our life with God together. AS HE IS WHO HE IS, he transforms us reflecting who he is…
Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing. …So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Everyone liked this idea, and they chose the following: Stephen (a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit), Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas of Antioch (an earlier convert to the Jewish faith).
They will come home and sing songs of joy on the heights of Jerusalem. They will be radiant because of the Lord’s good gifts— the abundant crops of grain, new wine, and olive oil, and the healthy flocks and herds. Their life will be like a watered garden, and all their sorrows will be gone.
The nature of a generous God result is an overflow of generous followers…
When the people of Israel heard these requirements, they responded generously by bringing the first share of their grain, new wine, olive oil, honey, and all the produce of their fields. They brought a large quantity—a tithe of all they produced.
If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those slaves should work all the harder because their efforts are helping other believers who are well loved. Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them.
FILLED with… (inflow to fullness. What you are filled with is what overflows)
[ Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving ] At that same time Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit, and he said, “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way.
John 15:11I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!
John 16:24You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.
John 17:13“Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy.
[ Jesus Again Predicts His Death ] They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him.
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence!
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity.
Do you ever picture God as stingy? When we filter God through our own temperament, experiences or frustrations we can easily act like a three-year old. I want my way (more ice cream mommy) so quickly I dismiss the possibility that loves often says no. How can I accept that what I have is the right amount for this moment. I often switch roles with God and filter him through my three-year olds view-point. To counter this tendency I often read extensive sweeps through Scripture to step back and get the “mommy” eyed view that a three-year old needs. God thanks for not giving me what I want, but what I need right now…
Here is a sweep through the Old Testament passages that the NLT translates with the concept of overflow. They help me to regain a long-view perspective and let God define himself without me re-interpreting him through my filters. Below are the Scriptures and in the [brackets] are my rough out-loud thoughts to help prompt our havering and wrestling together…
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. [note: enemies are active and present and the Psalmist still views God as blessing him…]
Psalm 65:11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance. [Easy, hard, difficult, places exist and God still transforms them, but he doesn’t remove the “hard pathways.”]
Psalm 130:7 O Israel, hope in the Lord; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. [Hope meets to God’s unfailing love. The need for redemption remains and his redemption comes through his sharing with us his love in a time where hope and redemption meet in me… Got it.]
Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealthand with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. [It’s all his. And it’s all within his eb and flow of ups and downs. I find it funny that it says Honor the Lord with my wealth… when I know that it’s his not mine, he’s having me check my attitude and grasp on what I claim rights to that’s not actually mine.]
Proverbs 15:28 The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words. [I guess the advice goes two ways… be slow to speak because it quickly shows what’s inside of me…]
Jeremiah 13:17 And if you still refuse to listen, I will weep alone because of your pride. My eyes will overflow with tears, because the Lord’s flock will be led away into exile. [I love the turning, twisting of the alone and together in this passage. I weep alone, but the shower of tears are for God and his children. I love that it is emotion linked with truth that are causing the tears.]
Hosea 11:8 “Oh, how can I give you up, Israel? How can I let you go? How can I destroy you like Admah or demolish you like Zeboiim? My heart tears and my compassion overflows. [Ok, when is the last time compassion overflowed me. God please tear my heart so compassion is visible in my choices and actions.]
Joel 2:24[Full Chapter]The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil. [How often do I claim the fruit and curse the times of shortage. Why do I take credit for one and not the other?]
Joel 3:13 Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.” [Ouch. We can have plenty of fruit and not be drawn to God, rather it simply fuels more rebellion, wickedness and selfishness. God please give me what I need in a way that causes me to see you as provider, companion and redeemer.]
Zechariah 1:17 “Say this also: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’” [Seasons of much come and go, but the real purpose of life together remains… why do we see God in good light in one season and not the other… Oh, NO… the three-year old in me is finding his way to the floor in a fresh tantrum…]
In the newest edition of Disciplemaking is Relationships and the Disciplemaker’s Living Guide we share the importance of Together, Inflow, Overflow and Multiplying with our Disciplemaking Friendships. A Biblical richness is unearthed in the understanding of the word and role of PLEROMA—God’s SUPER ABUNDANCE where inflow never stops till their is overflow—a full fullness!
pléróma: play’-ro-mah from pléroó = fullness, a filling up, fulfillment, completion
Original Word: πλήρωμα, ατος, τό : Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
IMPORTANT: The root of ple- expresses a full fulness or maximum fullness.
VERY IMPORTANT: Most of the N.T. uses are passive indicating the inflow of the filling comes from other than our own effort but results from another source. It’s a fullness that comes from God’s work and filling and not our own efforts. Also See Strongs number 4130 (plēthō) fill to the max.
Below is a sampling of the 18 New Testament [play-ro’-o] occurrences where this maximum fullness is evidenced in God’s relationship WITH Us and WITH Friends (Inflow becomes Overflow).
Mark 6:43, Mark 8:20: “many baskets [the] fillings of fragments” – “twelve hand-baskets full of” – full from overflow … The extra baskets indicate that overflow happened. If there would have been no extra’s we wouldn’t know for sure that everyone had all they could consume as the miracle from a boys lunch provided more than was needed.NLT-Mark 8:20 “‘And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?’ ‘Seven,’ they said.” Mark 6:43 “and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover (beyond what could be eaten by those present) bread and fish.“
John 1:16 “For of His fullness we have all” – God’s Fullness in us…NLT From his abundance (full fullness) we have all received one gracious blessing after another. Greek: Grace upon grace.
Ro 13:10 “love is the fulfillment of [the] law” – Love inflows, obedience overflows…
NLT “Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills (overflows to make itself visibly evident by others) the requirements of God’s law.”
Romans 15:29 “you in fullness of the blessing of Christ” – Me, you and Christ (H.S.) inflow together produces great overflow.NLT “And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless (overflow in/through) our time together.”
Eph. 1:23, 3:19, 4:13 “is His body, the fullness of Him who fills” – “up to all (max) the fullness of God.” – “of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ,” – God’s/Christ’s fullness fills us with ALL of God’s fullness. God isn’t stingy or restrictive with his presence WITH us.
NLT “1:23 And the church is his body; it is made full (full fullness) and complete by Christ, who fills (full fullness) all things everywhere with himself. 3:19. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness (full fullness, kavanah, visible overflow) of life and power that comes from God. 4:13 This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full (full fullness, kavanah, visible overflow) and complete standard of Christ.”
Colossians 1:19-20, 2:9 “all the fulness of the Godhead” — for all the fullness indwells, so that he can reconcile everything back to himself…”NLT ” 1:19-20 For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ,and through him God reconciledeverything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earthby means of Christ’s blood on the cross. 2:9For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. Or in him dwells all the completeness of the Godhead bodily.
Here is an index to translator meanings and passages that are suggested for the nature of this PLEROMA where the inflow, overflow and multiplying nature of God’s fullness in and through us is visibly evident…
Make full – Fill up completely (NLT Acts 2:2 Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting.)
Fills up (NLT Romans 13:10 “Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills (evident overflow) the requirements of God’s law.”)
Become full – crammed full, be fully filled with (NLT Matthew 13:48 When the net was full (translation = cram full, more than the net could pull in), they dragged it up onto the shore, sat down, and sorted the good fish into crates, but threw the bad ones away.)
Filling something (NLT Matthew 23:32 Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started. and Acts 5:28 “We gave you strict orders never again to teach in this man’s name!” he said. “Instead, you have filled all Jerusalem with your teaching about him, and you want to make us responsible for his death!”)
What does it look like for us to fill our community, town, neighborhood—i.e. Jerusalem—with our teaching about Jesus?
Be full of, become filled with — NLT Acts 13:52 And the believers [greek: the disciples] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
NLT Luke 2:40 There the child grew up healthy and strong. He was filled with wisdom, and God’s favor was on him.
NLT Phillipians 1:11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ [the fruit/overflow of right living, righteousness]—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Absolutely well supplied (Phillipians 4:18 At the moment I have all I need—and more! (full, fullness, overflow)I am generously supplied(Full, fullness, overflow) with the gifts you sent me with Epaphroditus. They are a sweet-smelling sacrifice that is acceptable and pleasing to God.)
Fullfill (fully obey and act upon – live out) a commandment, duty or N.T. demand (full of truth becomes and overflow of active living) Matthew 1:22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
Fullfill carry out the will of God (Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, “Be sure to carry out the ministry the Lord gave you.”)
Completing an activity – bring to an end (Luke 7:1 When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people, he returned to Capernaum.
Acts 12:25 When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission to Jerusalem, they returned, taking John Mark with them.
Something or Someone external fills up (i.e. a patch fills the void, it fills the torn area… (Mark 2:21 Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.) + Matthew 9:16
Ephesians 3:19 (May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete (full) with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.)
Beyond measure – overflowing amount – super abundance (Romans 15:29 And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.)
As a condition of fullness – satisfaction/gratification or the opposite as in the indulge (filling it’s desires) of the flesh (only used in Colosians 2.23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.)
A fullness that leads to obedience = right living = righteousness) Matthew 3:15 But Jesus said, “It should be done, for we must carry out all that God requires.[a]” So John agreed to baptize him. [Footnotes: a Or for we must fulfill all righteousness—right living—overflow].
Overflow – more than could be consumed… – Mark 6:43 (NLT) “and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish.”
Mark 8:20 (NLT)“And when I fed the 4,000 with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
Abundance leads to continual overflow (God-flow)… John 1:16 (NLT) From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. [a Footnotes: Or received the grace of Christ rather than the grace of the law; Greek reads received grace upon grace.]
Fullness leads to greater, more – Romans 11:12 (NLT) Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it.
When we are full of God’s love we overflow complete (full) obedience – full fullness Romans 13:10 (NLT) Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.
You, Me and Christ (Holy Spirit) time leads to overflow from our time together. Romans 15:29 (NLT) And I am sure that when I come, Christ will richly bless our time together.
Full of God’s ownership, presence—The entire contents are his… 1 Cor 10:26 (NLT) For “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.”[a Ps 24:1.]
In the full, fulness of time God WILL… Ephesians 1:10 (NLT) And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.
What are we full of? Christ! What is the result overflow which leads to even more fullness Ephesians 1:23 (NLT) And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Full, Full, Full to all the fullness of life that comes from God… Ephesians 3:19 (NLT) May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Full to rim leads to mature (complete and active fullness) – Ephesians 4:13 (NLT) This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT) For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
Be fulfilled (i.e. a prophecy comes to fulness and happens as predicted). When a prophecy is fulfilled it “overflows” as it moves from a promise for the future into a visible, evident event.
In a future study blog I’ll share additional passages and related words that’ll add to the richness and convictions of inflow being what God and others bring to us until it’s visibly lived out in overflow.
—Dave Garda, Cadre Missionary for Disciplemaking Friendships and Family
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Are you ready for all God wants to do in and thru and with you today? Maybe this glimpse from Job will help you understand the range of God’s active presence and power so that we will each up-scale our faith walk today…
Note the reference to “Minor things,” whispers of God’s power…
“He created the horizon when he separated the waters; he set the boundary between day and night. The foundations of heaven tremble; they shudder at his rebuke. By his power the sea grew calm. By his skill he crushed the great sea monster. His Spirit made the heavens beautiful, and his power pierced the gliding serpent. These are just the beginning of all that he does, merely a whisper of his power. Who, then, can comprehend the thunder of his power?””
Throughout the Bible God has been pursuing us, and inviting us into a disciplemaking lifestyle with Him. Matthew 28: 18-20 isn’t the first time in scripture that we experience this lifestyle, no, if we look we will see that this lifestyle is a normal way of walking with God.
I want to encourage you to explore this for yourselves.
Take a moment to look up these passages with a friend, and together, with Jesus, wrestle them and see God’s disciplemaking heart throughout the pages of the Bible.
Psalm 78: 1-8
Mark 3: 13-15
Luke 6: 40
Matthew 28: 18-20
Acts 14: 19-23
1 Corinthians 4:16-17
2 Timothy 2:2
Mark 12: 30-31
John 17: 20
Where do you see evidence in the Bible of God’s disciplemaking ways?
May God bless the reading and wrestling of His word together with Him.
[I want to thank Dave and Rennie Garda of Cadre Minisitries for their insight and help in this conversation. They love Jesus deeply, live as disciplemakers, and I have had the privilege of having them in my life as my friends and disciplers for 15 years. Check out their ministry at www.cadreministries.com
When things change do you grow forward or dig your heels in or play ostrich? Leaders change no matter what age they are at because the know that it’s not about what’s best for us, but rather what’s best for the next generation… If you’re not into growing personally at an increasing pace… step aside… And follow, but don’t pretend to lead if you’re not growing the most of anyone around you…
See ps 78… John 17… DEUT 6… 2 th 1:3,11-12
Here is a cultural example that only looks at one slice of change in tech… One small area where we must grow or step aside… Is a bible on a smart phone a real bible? Absolutely… Why would we say otherwise if not for our own preference… The bible was oral first… Then shared from memory or read from no -portable scrolls, then single version published books… Now we fight to say God designed the bible to be on printed paper… Careful… He might not agree with you?
Apple Killed the PC: Smartphones are now the King of Smart Connected Devices Hands Down
A new IDC report finds that the combined total market of smartphones, tablets plus 2-in-1s, and PCs is set to grow from 1.8 billion units in 2014 to 2.5 billion units in 2019. During that time, smartphones will grow to represent the overwhelming majority of total smart connected device (SCD) shipments, dwarfing both tablets and PCs in terms of shipment volumes.
As recently as 2010, PCs still made up the lion’s share of the total smart connected device market, with the combined desktop and notebook categories accounting for about 52.5% of shipments versus 44.7% for smartphones and 2.8% for tablets. In 2007 the iPhone revolutionized the smartphone for consumers followed by the iPad that changed everything.
By 2014, smartphones had grown to represent 73.4% of total shipment, while PCs had slipped to 16.8% and tablets had increased to 12.5%. By 2019, IDC expects the distribution to be 77.8% smartphones, 11.6% PCs, and 10.7% tablets.
Tom Mainelli, Program Vice President for Devices at IDC stated that “Smartphone growth continues at an astounding pace, while growth in the PC and tablet markets is proving to be more challenging. There are clearly some bright spots in both markets” For instance, detachable 2-in-1s show strong growth potential in tablets, and convertible notebooks are beginning to gain traction in PCs.
Though ultimately, for more people in more places, the smartphone is the clear choice in terms of owning one connected device. Even as we expect slowing smartphone growth later in the forecast, it’s hard to overlook the dominant position smartphones play in the greater device ecosystem. And it’s not likely that anything—including wearables—will unseat it from this dominant position anytime soon.”
“Not all smartphone growth will be equal. Going forward, the future of smartphones lies in emerging markets, sub-US$100 price points, and phablets,” said Melissa Chau, Senior Research Manager for Mobile Devices. “In 2014, 73% of smartphones were shipped to emerging markets, 21% were priced below US$100, and 12% had screen sizes between 5.5 and <7 inches.
By 2019, these categories will all increase – 80% of smartphones will be shipped to emerging markets, 35% will be priced below US$100, and 32% will have a 5.5 to 7 inch display or under. So far the market has very much focused on premium models and brands, but emerging market consumers are looking for greater value from a single device.”
Even Apple can’t deny the trend towards emerging markets. And while Apple will never seek to market to the low end of the market, Apple is reportedly working on a special kind of smartphone for emerging markets.
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22
I was moved today by my daily “with” God time… Immanuel “God with us” pursues us… And he pursues us to take garden walks with us on one end of the Bible and then to sit down and have a meal with us on the other end… how amazing that with our rejection of God he continues to reach to us and love us and even provide a way to restore our relationship with Him! There’s nothing we can do to fix our sin problem but God as Immanuel “God with us” came at Christmas and died at Easter to restore our friendship with him. I am sitting at the table with my bible open and with a heart embraced by Immanuel!
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 NLT
Christmas is a season of Immanuel—God with us—which is at the heart of why God created us. The life of Jesus is a glimpse into how to live the gospel of Immanuel as he invited friends to “be with him” so that he could send them to help others share life with him. As God lives with us our relationships at home, work, school become friendships that he empowers to reveal what life together with God looks like! Heaven will be our ultimate realization of this rich life of Immanuel—the God with us life that he pursues as his Holy Spirit indwells us and prompts us to life as he envisioned it. Rather than celebrating Christmas why not live Christmas through owning the way of life Immanuel restored us to… a life with friends and Jesus that is contagious, intentional and filled with the joy of the gospel—Immanuel!
For all of 2015 we invite you to join us in our “God with us life” by aligning your life with friends and family through the Disciplemaker’s prayer. We invite you to open the Scriptures below with a few friends and ask God to prompt you in discovering the life God created us to live together.
As Cadre missionaries this is our life and calling. We give 100% of everyday as missionaries who model, train, teach, preach, write, coach, walk-alongside, mentor, love and encourage this God powered way of life. Jesus called us to “make disciples” as the response to what a life of Immanuel looks like, then and now. Looking back 2014 has been a year of prayerfulness, sharing and living the gospel as we multiply disciplemaking friendships. We call Jesus followers back to Biblical clarity and living while we walk alongside and encourage church leadership teams, missional communities, transformational friendships and God dependent marriages & families.
“Do not fear, for I am you” Isaiah 41:10 See also Joshua 1:9, Matt. 28:20; Ro. 8:38-39
Garda Missionaries… Year-end update…
Life as missionaries is demanding and rewarding so we need the encouragement and support of friends and family walking with us. For Rennie and I we continue to grow in following God’s prompting (1 Th. 1:11-12). We’re learning better ways of investing our life in the multiplying of Disciplemaking Learning Communities across diverse cultures, communities and churches of all varieties. Please pray for God’s power, presence and favor as we stretch, grow, obey and depend.
During 2014 God led us to say yes to leadership refocusing and disciplemaking renewal in Canada and the USA. We’ve followed God’s leading to invest deeply in local youth ministries, church renewal, new churches and in the lives of business, technology & ethnic leaders, television and media professionals, denominational teams, Chicago’s China Town and our Cadre team of disciplemaking missionaries, family and friends. Whew!
Your prayer and financial support release us into the obedience, faithfulness and fruitfulness of our Cadre missionary calling. It’s been a hard year financially and we need more friends like you to step up with us in prayer and generous financial partnerships. If you’d like to explore how to help please contact us and we’ll share the need and constraints we are facing. We’ll also catch up & pray together which will make our day!