Michael Edwards, director of missions for Cobb-based First Day Ministry, goes to the east African country of Ethiopia about twice a year to help teach pastors there how to preach the Gospel effectively.
In 2010 Edwards felt someone needed to be on staff of the organization full time after the previous staff member took another job. During the time between the previous staff member and Edwards there was no staff for the ministry, just a board.
However, he was then fired from his job of 11 years at a wireless telephone company, Edwards said. He went from May until August without a job, was hired at Ryder and left in December when he was rehired at his previous job. He was then let go again in March 2011.
In the coming months he worked odd jobs, but finally took the offer of a full-time job with First Day in October 2011. He said through the hard times his family always had what they needed.
“God said, ‘I provided all your needs,’” Edwards said.
Ever since he started living from the support of others the money has always been there, he said.
“Ninety-five percent of our support comes from individuals who give to the ministry,” Edwards said.
When his family first decided to live this way their biggest fear was paying for insurance and other bills, he said.
“Now it is, ‘Why did we ever sweat it?,’” Edwards said.
Ashley Edwards, his wife who is a stay-at-home mother, said everybody they were close to saw that Edwards needed to go into full-time ministry work before they did.
“It was neat to see God working on both ends,” she said.
Though they both worry sometimes the exact amount they always need is there, and they attribute that to God taking care of them.
“It is the whole, [God] gives our daily bread,” Mrs. Edwards said.
For more information about First Day or to donate visit firstdayministry.com, call Edwards at (404) 663-0220 or email him at Michael@firstdayministry.com.