So I patiently accept all these troubles so that those whom God has chosen can have the salvation that is in Christ Jesus. With that salvation comes glory that never ends. NCV
That’s why I stick it out here—so that everyone God calls will get in on the salvation of Christ in all its glory. MSG
2 Timothy 2:10
I am consistently challenged by Paul’s commitment to others. He not only was willing to suffer for Christ, he was willing to suffer for the church. He was not only willing to suffer for his brothers and sisters, he was willing to suffer for the lost. He endured. He stuck it out. He accepted trouble because he believed in the power of the gospel to change lives. He believed it was worth it. He laid down his moments, hours, and days—his life. He had a vision of salvation and eternity in glory with Jesus.
This month I have had the joy of walking with Christ through joy and difficulty. I’ve been blessed to help other workers in other harvest fields. I have had the privilege of bringing the gospel to those who haven’t heard it in the place God has called me.
I was blessed to be invited to be part of a mid-level training for Church Planters in Seattle, Washington. We had a phenomenal time encouraging the church planting teams, training in new tools, and exchanging best practices and ideas. Along with the training and spurring one another on to love and good deeds was deep fellowship with the family of God.
After time in Seattle, I flew to San Antonio to spend two weeks with my mentor Chuck Wood and labor in his harvest field. I was deeply blessed to get to be a part of Chuck’s daily life and routine, to learn from his example, and to be a part of his church community. Chuck and I went out to share the gospel several times and saw one woman tearfully give her life and Christ and one man zealously become involved in disciple-making and church planting. I was also blessed to join one of Chuck’s teammates who was leading church planting on college campuses. We shared the gospel on a nearby campus and nearly everyone we shared with was interested in studying the Bible with us.
My friend in Russia has been actively sharing the gospel and making disciples. While I have the honor of training him in tactics and methods, I am always inspired by his example as a husband and father. He works a full-time job, cares for his family well, and makes disciples in his neighborhood. This month he is traveling to Siberia and to Turkey to train believers in the disciple-making methods he has been learning. He also invited a believer from a Muslim background who lives in Kazakhstan to join our online training. I’m so excited to be used by the Father to help my brothers in Christ and to be equipped by them as they pursue a movement of the gospel in Eurasia.
I also was blessed to be able to encourage and help train a team in a middle-eastern nation online. Pray that God would encourage and inspire their faith.
I am happy to be home in Hamtramck sharing the gospel, training believers, and finding new brothers and sisters in Christ to team with. I’m still knocking on doors, leading discovery Bible studies, and trying to love my neighbors. I don’t know if I have ever been more convinced that the best is yet to come.
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