Dear praying friends,
January letters are hard to write, looking back while much about the newness of a new year should not be lost. And yet, precious board, staff and family times, along with strategic ministry at year-end, must not be overlooked.
While I shall not demand that God use the gifts of expression He has given me, I do petition Him daily to open (and close) doors of opportunity to serve His Word everywhere, privately and publicly, with eternal consequences.
At the turn of each year, since people are open to the meaning of festivity (and their very lives), two new-immigrant groups in Dallas invited pre-Christ friends to receive God’s message through this messenger. The year’s finale took place in Panama, where 35 believers brought 100 “upper-strata” friends to music, food and my presentation.
There is nothing more thrilling than to revisit God’s provision of my eternal salvation and then to publicly present it. And to see dozens who say “yes” to the good news. Finally, to imagine the delight of heaven over one sinner that repents! Thank you for supporting me in changing the way people think of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you also for accompanying me in changing the way people hear about the Lord Jesus Christ. We primarily accomplish this through strengthening of local pastoral leaders. About 175 Panamanian pastors came to a historic first…gathering together from regions and denominations across the city-country! They wish to serve as local hosts of Panama 2020—RREACH’s Global Proclamation Congress for Trainers of Pastors of Latin America & the Caribbean—with prayer, volunteers and advocacy.
I seek your ongoing encouragement, dear friend. Remember the large inspirational challenge? We landed 34 cents ahead at 10:00 p.m. the night of the deadline with a gift from Brunei. Eventually ahead by about $3,000, we offered the excess back to the final donor as part of our integrity. He generously released it for other use.
Thank you again for sending me on your behalf to serve God’s Word globally.
In the Inexhaustible Vine,