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"My God will meet all your needs according
to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  
Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
Does GIAL seem financially impossible?  Three students tell how God provided for them.     
(All names are pseudonyms.)


 
 
 
 
ANGIE BECKY CATHY 
      
On a bike ride, Angie was stung by a wasp resulting in an allergic reaction and an unexpected hospital expense which wiped out her savings! On her next bike ride, she had a conversation with God. Why had He taken away what little she had saved to attend Wycliffe training camp and then study at GIAL? She had done her part—been frugal—avoided debt—and was saving dollars to prepare for ministry. God’s reply—“Those things are right and good, but what happens to your money is mine to decide. If you do not trust me now, you have never trusted me.”

At church an elderly lady pressed something into Angie’s hand saying God told her to give it. That gift made training camp possible. Searching for ways to save, Angie noticed 75 cents was part of her monthly Wycliffe expense—for life insurance. She remembered a life insurance policy from her father…and discovered its cash value was enough to cover one semester at GIAL including living expenses.

Angie completed her GIAL certificate, and after a year of language-learning in France, spent the next three years as a linguist translator with SIL Cameroon. She is now on furlough, back at GIAL, doing course work for a master’s degree before returning to do linguistic analysis in Cameroon. Where God guides, He provides. Trust Him!

 
 Becky arrived at GIAL with enough money to last six months—enough to complete a certificate program.  That plan was sufficient, Becky reasoned, since she already had two master’s degrees.  She didn’t need a third one.  But that reasoning was based mostly on concern about finances.  God convicted Becky that her thinking was wrong and convinced her to pursue a Master’s Degree in World Arts so she could serve in that field. She abandoned her need to know where money would come from and trusted God to provide. Two years later, she is still at GIAL and on target to graduate June 2013. God’s provision came through work-study options, God-prompted gifts from people, and scholarships.

Work-study—Each time Becky consulted the finance office, she learned there was ‘just enough’ in her account to cover that semester, because of her work as a teaching assistant.

Gifts—Sometimes Becky received small amounts of cash; sometimes larger; and sometimes food. She remembers a neighbor with a variety of vegetables sharing half of them with her.

Scholarships—During one scholarship application process, Becky was ill and away from campus. GIAL is blessed with caring faculty who came to her rescue, helping her to meet the deadline. This scholarship now provides the dollars needed to complete her master’s degree.
 Cathy wanted to study at GIAL but finances were tight. She spent a year studying at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (which has a cooperative program with GIAL) and then did a missions internship in Southeast Asia. Eighteen credits transferred from SWBTS for Cathy to begin classes at GIAL in the spring of 2012. She investigated student loans but did not qualify. God provided in other ways—just enough; just when needed.

Cathy applied for and received three scholarships: Kings, Harvesters, and the Hurley Foundation Scholarship. Together these are financing the tuition expense for her Masters in Applied Linguistics with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Service which she anticipates completing in December 2013. Off-campus employment at a neighboring university funds her living expenses.

What does God have planned for Cathy? She is not sure where God will use her gifts and training, but she trusts Him to provide that direction—just when needed. As she said, "God is always on time, but rarely early!"
 
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”
 
Psalm 50:10 (NIV) “Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.”
 
Matthew 6:33-34a (NIV) “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Do not worry about tomorrow…”
 
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