Dear praying friends,
“I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.”
I am writing this letter during the week that we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Because of its history, this is a particularly North American holiday. But the spirit of the day – and the original intention of it – should be routine for those of us who know the Lord. As the Scripture tells us repeatedly, we should praise Him for His wonderful works every day. Some days that may seem difficult, but today my only difficulty may be in trying to keep this “praise letter” to an appropriate length.
I am thankful, first of all, for the faithful way that God works, year after year. And I am thankful that in His grace He has allowed us to have some small part in that work. I was reminded of that in September, when I had the chance to participate in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Spanish language ministry of the Bible Broadcasting Network. It was a privilege for me to share my recollections of those early years, and to see so many who have continued in that ministry, as well as so many others who have been added to it! God has been good.
I am thankful for the way that God uses His people. The last time that I wrote to all of you it was to tell you that our DVD duplicator had failed and needed to be replaced. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that the first gift to meet that need arrived less than five minutes after I pressed the “send” button on my computer. By the end of that week, the need was met, and the new duplicator was ordered. The new device is faster, produces a better quality disc and requires less human intervention than the old one. The Lord used that experience to humble me. I was reluctant to ask for help, but had no other choice. So many of you thanked me for letting you know how you could be personally involved in our work. So the Lord not only used you to buy a piece of equipment but to remind me that there are many who are – and who want to be – personally invested in this ministry.
I am thankful for the ongoing progress in our own ministry. Over the last few months we have had graduations in Ecuador and the United States. We have seen new study centers begin in the US, Nicaragua and Mexico. Just last week I spoke with one of our graduates who has now planted a church and is ready to begin using our materials in his church in central California.
So, as you can see, I have a lot to be thankful for. And you do, too! As you have prayed for us, God has heard and answered your prayers. As you have given, God has opened doors of opportunity and extended the ministry and you have a part in that. May He grant you a blessed Christmas season, and a fruitful new year.
Your Servant for Jesus’ Sake,
PS - If you would like to print a copy of this letter for distribution or to display in your church, I would suggest that you use the link in the column on the left, or on the top of the page, to do that. It will produce a single sheet, designed to be printed, which will look better than simply printing this email.