“And he gave some. . . pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. . . from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”
I apologize for the use of ellipses in the passage above. Please take a moment to read it carefully. Read the passage in its entirety in your Bible if you can. In this one statement, the word of God describes the work of ministry in the church: Pastors, helping people mature to the point that they, too, can be involved in “the work of the ministry.” With the ultimate goal of seeing the entire church body working together, to build and strengthen itself.
In these days of hearing so much about the importance of our autoimmune systems in the face of a pandemic, I am reminded that churches, too, need to strengthen themselves in order to be prepared for the inevitable influence of the world around them. And this passage reminds us that that work takes an active, involved, spiritual congregation.
Over the last couple of weeks I have spoken with three different pastors who have told me how our ministry is helping them accomplish just that. Each was rejoicing that he now has a growing group of willing and prepared workers, with whom he can share “the work of the ministry.” Thank you for helping these churches in their desire to train workers for the Lord.
We’ve been facing a new challenge over the past few months. A number of churches in Central America – Nicaragua and Guatemala in particular – have asked to begin using our materials. Usually, it is simply a matter of shipping the first module to them, and their Bible Institutes can be up and running within a matter of weeks. However, our recent shipments to those countries have been seriously delayed in customs. One shipment was returned to us, apparently unopened, with no note of explanation. Others have been unaccounted for for months.
Obviously, this is both frustrating to the churches and costly to us. Please pray with us that those items currently being held will soon be released and that future shipments will be able to be processed as quickly as they once were.
Again, I thank you for your prayer and financial support for this work. God has been good to us! And you have been used as one of His channels of blessing.