My name is Erica Harman. As a mother, and the wife of a traveling evangelist, my heart’s desire has been to provide my children a place to call home while traveling to spread the gospel.
We’ve prayed for many years for a 5th wheel, and now we are going to need a truck. We are very blessed with a comfortable home in a small town called Richlands, Virginia, but 2 to 4 months out of the year we are evangelizing away from home.
One year we could have bought and paid for a travel trailer for what we had to pay in hotels to and from our destinations. At times, traveling costs have been a strain on the family finances. Especially, when the bills don’t stop at home while we are away.
Before I go any further, the Lord has always provided.
I had been praying, God, how can I help? What can I do to contribute to the ministry? As a preacher’s wife, I lack the skills as a pianist or singer most preachers wives, or those in the ministry, have as talents or skills. Yes, I stand for my husband as he preaches in honor of a promise I made to God (feel free to ask about that promise), Yes, I work the altars and occasionally we sing as a family, but for me, I still lean on Wade to carry it all.
In the winter/spring of 2018, I injured my back. I was unable to take care of my family, or myself, for that matter. My outstanding husband did it all, and without complaint.
My mom was able to help a few days, and that was wonderful. I spent several weeks in the bed, and during this time my “Nen” gave me a book called The Prayer of Jabez. Well glory, did this book ever come just in time for me! The book spoke loudly to me. It confirmed that my way of praying was the actual leading of God. I’ve read the prayer of Jabez before, Lord knows how many times, but this time in my life it ministered so deep into my heart.
I begin to pray and ask myself, what am I good at? What did I enjoy?
I told Wade I didn’t know much about myself anymore. As a mom and wife, my heart is for my family, and we tend to live our lives for our family’s needs and wants. I knew I wanted God to use me more in the ministry, and be able to lift a financial burden from my husband in trying to provide both for the family and for the family ministry expenses. Let’s face it, I need a miracle to sing or play piano better than I do now. God’s able, but am I?
I told Wade I felt shallow to say I enjoy pretty clothes, and felt I had an eye for style. He said, you enjoy helping people. We already knew modest clothing was hard to find, and, in our experience, after adding several pieces to make an outfit suitable it became costly.
It wasn’t until after I had prayed about how I could contribute to the ministry for myself that E&O Apparel was developed into a social media and traveling boutique which would focus on, but not be limited to, modest dresses for women.
And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow. And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. ~ 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
I told you all of that to tell you this. All proceeds made from E&O Apparel go to support the family ministry. I may not be able to sing like a bird, play piano like I should, or speak in testimony like I would want to, but I know how to pray and pray with others, and I know how to work.
My Prayer was this, God, bless me indeed, enlarge my territory and allow me to understand opportunity to work for you. Lead me and allow my works to bring you glory. Amen.
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