Sharing my letter to a fellow servant-worker in the mission field. I pray and hope that this can serve as a source of encouragement and edification to you.
Thank you for opening up your heart to me. With the members of our International Oversight Committee and advisers, I assure you of our genuine and sincere love and commitment. By the Lord’s grace, we continue to remember you in our prayers.
I encourage you and our brothers and sisters there. Let us humble ourselves before the Lord and surrender to Him all our plans and aspirations for the church. Let us ask if they are according to His word and will. If our plans and aspirations are from the Holy Spirit, then there will be unity among us and provision for their implementation. But if not, they will only cause stress and problems.
Dear brother in the Lord, I plead with you to join me in spending ample and quality time to be alone with Christ and His word, and ask Him to cleanse and sanctify us by His blood and Spirit. Let us ask Him to examine our hearts and minds, our motives and desires. Let us pray that He would deliver and keep us from temptations and the many dangers that come with money matters.
Dear brother in the Lord, my sole desire is to guide and help you in a way that is true and faithful to God’s holy word. For you and all our dear brothers and sisters in Christ with you, I will not hide the truth that came from the mouth of the Lord Jesus Himself:
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
This is the reason why I am pleading with you once again to join me in spending ample and quality time to be alone with Christ and His word, and ask Him to cleanse and sanctify us by His blood and Spirit. Let us ask Him to examine our hearts and minds, our motives and desires. Let us pray that He would deliver and keep us from temptations and the many dangers that come with money matters. Let us ask Him for the grace, strength and help that we need to remain in the hard and narrow path of true discipleship.
I know that you and the brothers and sisters there with you are being tested by the Lord. The same is true of all the brothers and sisters in Christ that we are so honored and privileged to serve in other regions and countries. And I also know that your needs are great. However, the true and greatest need of your church is not for foreign funding. Instead, they are the following:
1. True and sincere repentance from sin and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ;
2. Faithfulness and consistency in worship and in hearing-receiving the faithful preaching of His word;
3. Diligence and consistency in studying the Bible, and the Westminster Standards as faithful summaries of the Bible’s teachings;
4. Faithfulness and consistency in obeying God’s word and commands in the Bible; and
5. Diligence and consistency in working and supporting one’s family and the church.
Support for Christ’s church must come from the members of the church, not from foreign churches and organizations. Here, the genuineness and sincerity of the members of the church will be greatly tested. It is also by working and diligence that the Lord is truly glorified and His church established. It is extremely hard to maintain a church that is dependent on foreign support. The churches that truly please God and grow are the self-supporting ones.
In short, my dear brother in Christ, I plead with you to humble yourself and calm your heart and mind before the Lord so that you can properly examine your motives, plans and aspirations in His presence, with an open Bible.
I am willing and available to meet and discuss these things further with you. I will continue to uphold you in prayer.