But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:19 KJV)
Lord,… your Word says you will supply all my need..@
A Miracle as told by Amyrae Lucuis.
(Part of a letter from Amyrae to me, received April 26, 1997)
Amyrae was in her seventies. She and her husband, Reverend James Lucuis, lived in Houston Mississippi and cared for my Aunt who was ninety-eight at the time, I believe.
James once told me that Aevery time I started a church and got it big enough it could start paying a salary, I was called to start a new one somewhere else.@
While visiting them James told me a remarkable story about God’s provision. Later I asked his wife, Amyrae to write it down and send it to me. I still have the letter.
AI think I can tell it like it was. It=s almost as plain now as it was then.
We moved to Portland, Tennessee, (to the) Church of the Nazarene in 1952. The church building was just a basement and when it rained we had to dip water before having church. Two men and four or five women and children (attended) the first week or so.
We visited every Sunday afternoon and knocked on doors. After about six months we were running 35 – 50 (members) so we decided to build (a new church).
James was still driving to Nashville to school two days a week and working at a service station until closing time at night. We moved chairs into our living room and also the piano and pulpit, and had Church.
One Sunday morning God was so real even while James was bringing women and children in for Church I knew something was about to happen.
After he preached, seven of the young people knelt by their chair and gave their hearts to Jesus. Back then we had shouting and that morning I think everyone knew God and His Holy Spirit had visited. People began to give anything God lay on their hearts.
After we had just the frame work up and it was the first of the month, we had no money to pay bills.
This Saturday night he was so burdened he couldn=t sleep, so at midnight he went out to the corner of the hull of the church, he calls it, and fell on his knees before God and prayed.
This is his prayer: He said, ALord I know you sent me here and your word says you will supply all my need,@ and he trusted Him to do it.
About 5 O=clock that same Sunday morning (there was) a knock on the door and we both answered. A man friend from Nashville came in. We ate breakfast and visited a while.
When he started to leave he gave James a check for $40. Just enough to pay Monday morning bills.
James saw him at school one day the next week and asked him why he did it. Malcolm North said, AGod woke me up and told me to do it and that’s all I knew to do.@
I could tell you a lot of ways God has helped us.
We visited Portland Church last summer. We had 202 (attending in a) nice larger church. The seven young people who prayed through that Sunday in the parsonage are still true to God and workers in the Church.
Next time I write I=d like to tell you why I think God moved us in two years to Mississippi.@
God heard James= prayer and thought enough about it to wake up someone thirty miles away and tell him to get up and take some money to him.
Malcolm had to leave before four AM to get there by five, but he heard the message clear enough that he obeyed immediately and without question. That is all God wants any of us to do.
I never did get the story of why God moved them to Mississippi. They are all gone to the Lord now.