Immeasurably More Than the Inconceivable
by Steve Davis, Founding Director at Justice & Mercy International
I love it when Paul talks about doing "immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." What makes the very idea of doing anything immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine so phenomenal, is to realize what immediately preceded those words in Ephesians: "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God!"
Who can grasp the dimensions of God’s love for them?…the height, the depth or the width? Who can know love that surpasses knowledge? Who can wrap his mind around being filled with all the fullness of God and not have his head explode?! And now Paul doubles down on all of it….he wants us to not only grasp the inconceivable, but immeasurably more than that!
When we started Justice and Mercy International, I never thought in terms of numbers. I had no aspirations to be another World Vision or Compassion and still don’t. Providing for the kids in even one orphanage at the time - Internat 2 in Chisinau, for example, with its 750 kids sleeping two to a cot - seemed like a herculean task for someone as ordinary and insignificant as Steve Davis. It simply wasn’t in my DNA to envision anything more than helping the faces in front of me; faces who came with names; names who represented stories of tragedy and hopelessness; stories with tentacles that reached into my soul and became friendships; friendships that began to transform my own life, even as I tried to transform theirs.
Jeff caught the vision immediately, along with that original “team” from a fledgling church called Rolling Hills. The vision took root. I was astounded that others could feel a passion for those Moldovan orphans that equalled or surpassed my own. Other than the inherent charm of these humble children, there was nothing much appealing about Moldova. But God was at work, drawing all of us unto Himself. We were finding Him behind each of those unwashed little faces, with eyes that begged to be noticed; hands and shoulders that longed to be held. Yes, Moldova would have been enough for me. As the rabbinical saying goes, “He who saves one life, saves the whole world!”
But God will not limit Himself to the smallness of one man’s dreams. God was working through others: Mary Katharine Hunt (JMI’s eventual Executive Director) and Kelly Minter (an eventual JMI Board member and “patron saint”). Through their unlikely relationships with a man on another continent - John Paculabo, president of Kingsway Records - we all became familiar with the forgotten people of the Amazon. Who could have imagined that on his deathbed, less than two years later, John would be entrusting us with the keys to the kingdom of his own God-given vision for reaching these beautiful people, including a million dollar facility and a large "hammock boat.” In one evening, JMI doubled in resources, vision and people under our watch-care!
He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine!
About Steve Davis:
Steve received a Bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist College, a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a M.A. from St. Mary’s in Counseling. His passion for disadvantaged children began in 1989 working with abused children on a children’s home campus in San Antonio. That position morphed into an international ministry that took him to Russia, Romania and Moldova. Serving now with JMI allows him to continue a history in Moldova that dates back to 1999 and have the privilege of implementing programming in some of the most destitute countries in the world.
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