As you may have concluded from the infrequency of our posts, the Lord has provided many opportunities for us to share our ministry and preach the gospel in different churches across the Southeast.
Three weeks ago, Brooks preached at Christ the King, our home church in Roanoke. Two weeks ago, we participated in a mission conference at Greenwood Presbyterian Church where Brooks grew up, and had the privilege of preaching on generosity over the course of the weekend. On Tuesday, we had a very encouraging meeting with the missions committee at Grace Church here in Roanoke. And this past Sunday, we attended Westminster PCA in Roanoke to thank the church for their faithful partnership, share with them about what God has been doing through GYFM, and open God’s word together. Although support raising is not always fun we love the opportunity to form relationships with believers all over the U.S. (and world!) that are willing to join with us through prayer and sacrificial giving in order to bring the Gospel to Japan!
As I spoke on generosity and its relationship to the great commission last week, my heart resonated with these words from Philippians chapter 1:
“I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now,6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Paul and the church have distinct roles (going and sending), but their relationship is marked by deep affection and mutual encouragement because they are both focused on the same goal: making the gospel of Jesus Christ known among the nations. Like Paul, we continually thank our God for you and pray that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion. Thank you for your partnership in the gospel!
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