21 September 2011 (Cali, Colombia)
Dear Friends and Partners,
As I sat down to write this letter, the Lord begin to remind me of Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV),
“The LORD your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
The Lord reminded me of His care and love for all of us who belong to Him. I could see Him hovering over us and causing us to be still in the midst of whatever we might be experiencing, whether good or evil. It was almost as if I could hear Him singing songs of rejoicing over us for the victories He has given. More and more, I am experiencing the reality that God is fighting for us, His Church.
Tuesday morning I was awakened with these words from an old hymn that I once sung in my youth:
Why should I fear when the Lord is on my side?
Why should I fear when in His love I hide?
He is to me, my Shelter and my Guide.
Tell me, why should I fear?
It was literally as if God was doing to me what I mentioned above, rejoicing over me and promising a continual victory as I face the future. So many people, at home in the United States, Canada, and here in Colombia, have been speaking to me about the uncertainties that they are feeling and facing in their lives. If you are among them, be encouraged. Our futures are not based upon the economic success of any of our respective nations or people. Our futures are in the hands of the Almighty God with whom it is impossible to lie or to fail. He has promised protection, provision and blessing and His promises are sure.
Looking toward the future, Sherry and I are planning to be with New Beginning Miracle Fellowship in Morrisville, Vermont for the annual “One Day Conference,” which is on the 10th of October this year. There is still time for you to plan to be with us. Please call the church and make reservations: 802-888-4730. After the conference, we will spend the next two weeks traveling and ministering in Canada (see the schedule on the reverse side of this letter). Our November schedule is to be in England and France.
This week concludes almost three weeks of travel and ministry here in the nation of Colombia. One of the highlights of this trip was ministering to the students at Christ For The Nations Institute in Medellin. It is Christ For The Nations only complete campus outside of the United States and is raising up a generation of young men and women that will be sent into the nations to do the work of ministry. I have also had the opportunity to be in a number of individual churches both in Medellin and Cali. The final ministry schedule this week will be with the largest Presbyterian congregation in the city. It still amazes me how God has opened so many doors to us.
As I close this letter, I want to express how much you are loved and cared for. Most all of you are people that we have met and ministered to in many nations and Sherry and I treasure the relationships that have been built. We appreciate your love and support.