Dear praying friends,
Two witnesses, Bonnie and my faithful colleague David Brugger, remarked, “You’ve not had much of a break this summer!” I knew I had to listen when the ones who know me best make the same unsolicited comment. Yet last month became one of the busiest ever—running without resting!
Writing a 4,000 word article on the problem of Christian leaders who defect, I was filled with sadness over this grave matter. You will receive the pastoral comment soon. Pray that God will use it to comfort loved ones and confirm those disappointed in their leaders.
An extended call with the TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition) board on how an organization founded and backed by RREACH must thrive on its own proved illuminating. TOPIC plays a key role in sustaining training of pastors inside nations.
The biggest demand of the month was a two week overseas trip. Fortunately, Bonnie went along. The fine ministry Haggai International asked me to speak five times at their 50th anniversary in Bali, Indonesia, to 600 delegates from 69 nations. We also spent 60 hours in the Philippines meeting dear friends. Bonnie has been with me all over the world, though she does not relish leaving home. So we both were glad that she did very well, though our recovery from jet lag is taking much longer than it used to!
God allowed us to exceed the financial goals set for the RREACH Giving Day, thanks to many a friend like you. Our next big goal is ThanksGIVING Tuesday. Pray that a friend’s surprisingly large gift will inspire others to double it by December 3.
I ended the month speaking to the Global Alliance for Church Multiplication, made up of 300 church planters from 150 organizations ministering in 25 countries. Then at Legacy Bible Church, Sherman, Texas, where I could speak to my heart’s delight at 50 minutes a talk. Remember, a sermon is not how long it is, but how long it feels!
God is returning RREACH to its charter: To undergird my proclamation of God’s Word, even as it amplifies the proclamation globally and multiplies it locally. Maybe next month’s ministry structure will permit me to rest on the run! I can never say enough thanks for you!
In the Inexhaustible Vine,