Me and my mom!
The first is from Andrea Madden, a missionary to Africa that our church supports. She was responding to a prayer request that Steve posted to our prayer chain:
Hi Steve,This was tremendously encouraging to me since we feel like we are living with the constant stress of battle. To have another person acknowledge it gave me a little more fight! Thank you so much for all of you who pray for us. We can tell that we ARE on the victor's side, even when it feels a little dicey. We love to pray for you, too, so if you would share your prayer requests with us, we'd love to stand with you against the enemy.
My husband Kelly and I are missionaries supported by FCCH. I read your email and had a heavy sense of spiritual warfare around you guys. If I had known what I know now when I first went to Africa, so many things would have been different. Notice the enemy's desire for you....VS God's. Hallelujah we are on the Victor's side! John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The second email is from our dear friend and encourager John Tobey. He was continuing a conversation he had been having with Steve via internet and phone:
I have been thinking recently of the widow who cast in her two mites. She gave her all to glorify God. And I think of others who can afford little or nothing at all and yet they have given generously to help you. Each time we have met you have given me a new example of some person who has been led by God to support you and yet we see so clearly their own financial need. What a precious experience.It shows me so clearly that God is leading you and that these precious people sense that and they want to be a part of the work of God. Better to be supported by widows with two mites whose heart is sold out to God that a bunch of folks who have tons of money but no clear call from God.I just got a phone call from a brother. He can afford nothing. Yet he called to say God is leading him to contribute to your support. He said it is so exciting to hear how God will use you to present the Gospel to those who are illiterate.God is at work brother, in His time, in His way, and with His people---some of whom are the widows with two mites. They sense the call of God in your life and they are generously giving what they cannot afford. Praise God. What a spiritual lesson. God will truly bless them and bless you.
And may God bless you, too!