Yesterday was April Fools Day. I don’t really participate in the day, but I do love to see what type of pranks and tricks people play. The advent of the internet has added a whole new level of prankdom.
This year it got me thinking about how foolish it might seem for us to load up our family and move them from a place we love to a place on the other side of the world. Don’t get me wrong, we love Perth, AU and can’t wait to get there and start. But I sometimes sit back and think I must be crazy.
As this was running through my mind, I was reminded of 1 Corinthians 1:25-31, “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
So I had another foolish idea. Our family will return to Indianapolis on April 16, that is 14 days from tomorrow. We have been traveling the West Coast visiting churches, friends and family and partner raising the whole way. We would love to be at 100% for our monthly support by the time we arrive home. That is $3950. That averages out to $283 dollars in pledges a day. That seems like a fool’s dream for sure. Impossible, but I am reminded that nothing is impossible on the journey with God.
So here is the April Fools Challenge,
- Maybe you have been thinking about joining our team but haven’t yet. Now is the time. Follow the link below and make your pledge today, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know you are joining the team
- Maybe this link just showed up in your Facebook or Twitter feed and you had no idea that the Hinkle family is moving to Perth as missionaries. We would love to have you join us. Follow the links and make a pledge, then email me at email@example.com to let me know you are joining the team. If you have questions you can email me or call me at 317-460-0849, I would love to answer them for you.
- If you are part of the team then spread the love by inviting others to join. Share this challenge with them and give them my contact info. I can’t wait to talk with them. Share it on your social network platforms and get the word out.
We will tweet out the new pledge total each morning (starting April 6th) from @hinkledownunder on twitter so if you don’t follow us there yet, you should start now. We will be also be sharing a brief devotional thought on the hinkldownunder site as we seek God in prayer to accomplish this April Fools Challenge. We can’t wait to see God be glorified as He provides ministry partners and finances for us to be fully funded by April 16th. I sent this out today to make sure no one thought this was an April Fools prank. This is a real idea and a way to see God provide.
Remember to E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are becoming a partner in the work in Perth.