Quick Praise Update!

The other night Loralie had a friend come to church.  During our time of worship, I could over hear her talking to her friend about God.  It was so awesome to hear her sharing her faith in God.  At one point she began to describe how God can provide, “and God knows your heart, if you like pray for like $1,000 He will see your heart and then he can provide it for you.”   Now I am not saying that God is a bank, genie, or dream caster, but He is a loving father!  I swallowed my desire to intervene and let it play out.

As we finished church and talked about the kids conversation, I was a bit defensive.  I couldn’t just say that God would provide $1,000 if you asked for it.  But isn’t that what my family is doing?!  I thought about all the needs my family has been praying for and realized very quickly that we are probably looking at needing between $30,000 and $40,000 for our move.  And hasn’t God answered our prayers so far?!


We have our flights covered! This is easily around $5000.

We have accommodation for the first month and a half.  Easily another $1000.

We have been given the funds to cover 2nd bags! $500.

Our home church, Centerpoint is having an Art Auction to help us raise funds for a car $??

We have friends in OKC who have some clothes for the kiddos!

Almost all Doctor appointments and visits are covered!  At least until we figure out Canada’s health care for our family.

Our loving home church is making preparations for an Art Auction and Fundraiser for the 1st weekend of July.  The proceeds will go to our family towards either the purchase of a car, deposits at our place in Vancouver, or other costs associated with relocating our family around the world.  The details for now, is that the event will be held at Centerpoint Church in Pagsoa Springs, Colorado.  They would like to invite you to participate in person or through donations via post or online giving.  As more information becomes available, I will send you updates.  So here is the giving information:

  1. Go to
  2. Select First Time to create an account (recurring options) or quick give (one time)
  3. Change “my donation” to “MISSIONS-Poland Mission”
  4. In the “Other Comments” you can say “Graves Family”

– OR –

Make checks (or cash) payable to: “Centerpoint Church”
In the notes say it is for: “Graves Family”
Send to:
Centerpoint Church (Attn: Logan Irvin)
2750 Cornerstone Dr
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

So can I really say that we can’t take our needs before God?  $1,000 seemed unreasonable, but yet God has provided over $7000 of the $30-40K in less than a month!  When I prayed this past week, I believe that God is asking us to have a child like faith about this. Kids don’t have to wonder about financial provision, they trust their parents.  I believe that when God says He wants to provide, He means it!  Sometimes it takes a bit of patience.

For those who are interested in knowing about what needs we have remaining, here they are.  Will you join us in prayer about these needs being met?:

-Clothing: Michelle and I need new clothes (badly), the kids will need some items (message for sizes)

-Car:  We will need a 6+Passenger vehicle for our growing family (probably mini-van or SUV)

-Travel Expenses: Food/Gas/Hotels

-Deposits/Down Payments/Furniture/Moving Expenses

-For the Art Auction/Fundraiser


We would love to join you in prayer as well!  Please send us your requests, remember you are never alone!


Much Love!

The Graves Family