Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. NKJVI've reached a point where I need to be more active and driven in personally letting my supporters know how thankful I am for what they (or you) have done, and the great things that God is doing in my life.
When I first came to Potter's Field I had been unsure of how to address you, those supporting me in spirit, through supplications to God with prayer and those acting as willing vehicles through whom God is blessing me with the funds needed to be here and in a few weeks travel to El Salvador.
At first I was 'worried'. I trusted God to provide if it was His will that I come to Potter's Field for training and eventually leave on missions work, but I was not sure 'how much' I should do. After first arriving, I was fully prepared to devote an enormous amount of time and energy into contacting supporters, reaching out to new supporters, making sure everyone knew exactly what was happening, etc, etc, etc.
And then the pastors in charge announced we would be having a 'technological communications blackout' for our first two weeks in the program. At first I stressed about it, but then came the conclusion that I should simply be trusting God. I was letting my need for support become a distraction from my need to learn and soak up this special time with Him.
For this reason I became passive in contacting all of you. I chose to devote what free time we had to other things and my attempts to make contact were often knowingly dependent upon others for success.
However, the time for that is over. I know that with God's help I can send you news without losing the value of being here. I have been praying for God's provision since coming here, but God rarely acts for those who do not do, and it seems like the time has come I seek after the blessings He wishes to pour out on this ministry.
Beyond that though, I wish to exhort you all and provide encouragement by showing the things Christ does and how He uses myself and the whole of this ministry, which you have chosen to support.
To all of you, prayer warriors, fund providers, emotional supports and each of you who reads my blog, thank you.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.