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If Necessary, Use Words

People often commend me for my bold witness with quiet resignations. “I wish I could tell more people about Jesus like you.” I tell you there are many bold witnesses among us.
Missionaries, local and those who travel to distant states and foreign countries answer God’s call. They boldly share the gospel by feeding the hungry and clothing the naked. They love orphans, widows, the poor, and the downtrodden. They portray Jesus to unbelievers.
Our church hosts an adoption support group each month. The families who attend share their experiences and fill the church. These parents encourage each other to raise their boys and girls in the gospel of Christ.
Gideon’s continue to place Bibles throughout the United States and around the world sharing the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.
The faithful are reaching out through Easter Seals and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Schools are more accessible as children with disabilities attend regular classes. Communities provide children’s toys at Christmas.
The ministry Jesus began was to continue through the community of His disciples. He sent them out to make more disciples. Those disciples would believe in Him and obey His commands. They would make more disciples. The generations will continue to make more disciples until all nations have heard the gospel.
“Preach the gospel and if necessary, use words.” St. Francis of Assisi

Jesus read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
 because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 NIV).
“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21 NIV).

In Christ,

For The Children

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5 NIV)

I had a visitor last week who had just returned from a mission trip to El Salvador. Before she left on the trip, she was anxious about flying. During our visit, she didn’t mention flying. She told me many stories about the orphaned children she met. Their zeal over receiving a stuffed animal or a bag of snacks brought her great joy.

But what brought tears to her eyes was one little four-year-old boy who sat on her knee and talked. Though they spoke different languages, they both knew love. As an orphan, he had known hardship and loneliness but he recognized and accepted her love without fear.

I have listened to the testimony of other missionaries. Love freely given seems to always be the cord that connects them to those whom Jesus loved. Whether in El Salvador, or the mission field where God has called you to minister, remember what Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV).

I asked my friend if she would go again. “Definitely—for the children.”

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV).

Father of the orphaned, as you call us to minister to your children with love give us the courage to go to the mission fields you would send us. In Jesus name, Amen.

In Christian Love,
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