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Give Chad Your Problems

Chad Dupper

 Since I got back from Honduras, whenever I’ve encountered a problem, no matter how insignificant or impossible to solve, Luke 1:37 reminds me that “with God nothing will be impossible” (NKJV).* All I need to do is have faith, ask God for help, and leave the rest to Him.

The message I hope you’ll take away from my story is that if God can do something as unlikely as help a group of people find a camera in the vast ocean, God will find a way to solve your problem, big or small.
 
*Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Picture of a Miracle




by Chad Dupper

Find a lost camera in the ocean? There’s no chance, I thought.

 As I walked down the path through town, the brisk ocean breeze hit my face. After riding for four hours on a bus with the Honduran humidity engulfing me, nothing could have felt better than that ocean breeze!

It was my senior year, and I was on a mission trip with a group from my school. We had come to  help build a church for an orphanage located in Honduras. At the end of a long workweek, we were on our way to the beach to have some fun.
“When we get there, make a general meeting area. Then you’re free to do as you please,” Pastor Pete announced.
His words held as much meaning as an invitation to dig into a vegetable tray at a 6-year-old’s birthday party. Our minds were already on the beach!
When we reached the beach, we all scattered to do our own thing. After about an hour of cooling off in the water, all the guys got together to start a tackle football game on the beach. As my team drove down the shore, we heard Bianca’s shout.
“Hey, guys!” she interrupted the football game. “Mr. Eickmann lost his camera. Would all of you mind helping us look for it?”
“Yeah, no problem,” Brandon answered. We all left the shore, a little disappointed to leave the game, and followed her 20 yards into the sea to where they last remembered having the waterproof camera.
After about five minutes of careless searching, I walked over to my friend Alex. “We’re never going to find the camera out here. We’re just wasting time,” I stated.
“I know,” he agreed. “I can’t even see the bottom. Plus, there are so many shells hitting my feet, I’d never be able to tell the difference between shells or a camera.”
We went back to searching, hoping we could soon give up and return to the football game. A few minutes later, as we were about to head back to shore, Pastor Pete came up to the group and suggested that we pray about finding the camera. So we joined hands in a large circle and bowed our heads.
“Dear Lord,” Pastor Pete said, “we come to You with a little problem . . .”
Little problem? We’re looking for a needle in a haystack! my mind drifted.
“Please help us to find the camera, but whatever happens, let it be Your will that’s done. Amen,” finished Pastor Pete.
Moments after the prayer, Jen exclaimed, “I found it! I think it just hit my leg!”
Yeah, probably another shell, I thought.
Jen sank into the water and emerged with the camera in her hand. Shocked, I walked over to her to see the camera for myself.
Immediately Pastor Pete began to pray again. “Lord, thank You for this miracle You’ve blessed us with. Even when it seemed impossible to find the camera, You proved Your awesome power. May all the glory be to You! Amen.”
Looking up to the sky, I thought, Lord, how could I have ever doubted You?
I left Honduras with a new understanding of God’s awesome power and how much He cares for all our needs.
 
Chad Dupper writes from Colorado.




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