Did you know that your prayers means so much? Did you know that each month I receive a list of those that helped me to do what I do and to live where I live. When I receive this list, I want to cry. What a blessing to have so many backing me. What a humbling experience to know that so many are praying and want my ministries to move forward. so many are willing to give of their money to make this ministry work! Wow!
Did you know that a simple hello on email means a lot? Did you know that when we send updates, it hurts that less than 1% of you even acknowledge that you read the update? Does it take a lot of time to reply and say you are praying or praising God for situations mentioned in the updates?
Did you know that we cannot always remember your names because we meet hundreds of people on deputation and furlough? We try to remember names and faces, but we often mix you up. When you write, please mention your church… or city. Sometimes we have 15 “First Baptist Churches” so the church name does not help us. But even if you do not clarify who you are, we still appreciate the minute you took to respond and the few moments you took to read our updates—We thank God for you!
Did you know that some of the churches in the New Testament sent members to check on Paul and co.? Would you consider sending members to help or encourage your missionaries? Would you consider finding ways to encourage us by send us to retreats designed for refreshment, or places to get away and rest – “Sabbath” with the Lord?
We are humans, we make mistakes. We serve a gracious God who can and does strengthen and encourage us. He often uses you, our supporting churches, our fellow saints. I cannot count the times when someone dropped a note to me, not knowing I was having a rough day, and said, “I had you on my heart today.” Thank you God, Thank you my friend!