Yesterday Eleanor and I arrived home safe and sound as the Lord answered your prayers. As we begin to reflect on this trip to Cameroon, we are constantly reminded of the many ways in which your faith made a difference - both in our lives and the lives of our Cameroonian brothers and sisters in Christ.
3 John 1: 8 states clearly that by faith, we become fellow workers with missionaries on the field. In Godâ€™s value system, one of the reasons we exercise our faith in giving is that we might join with those who are called to go - â€śTherefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.â€ť This is no mere pandering to the audience, as God the Holy Spirit has no need of salesmanship. God could supply all the needs of all the saints by simply speaking the solution into existence. It is by His great grace that He allows us to minister overseas through our gifts. You may not be able to go physically to the mission fields of the world, but you are there spiritually through your gifts. Not only do your gifts supply the needs of national pastors and ministers, but this generosity results in praises to God and prayers for you.
As God the Holy Spirit so clearly states in 2 Corinthians 9:12-13, "For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all."
By your faith, a good number of ministers in Cameroon were supplied with Godâ€™s Word and the additional Bible study reference works and aids so necessary to carry out their ministries. In many cases, the study Bibles supplied by your faith were beyond their means financially. In most cases, without your faith, they would never own a quality leather study Bible with their name embossed on the front, which will last them a lifetime of service in preaching and teaching the Word of God. Now that is an exciting ministry in which to be involved !!!
More details and accounts of God's faithfulness on this trip will be coming. But for now, I close this email, as always, with a deep and abiding thankfulness for your sacrificial and effectual prayers, which empower and drive this ministry ever forward in the cause of Christ.
By His mercy, II Corinthians 4:1 Rev. John S. Mahon Grace Community Int.
Aug 2012 - Home & FaithWe arrived safely back to the US from Cameroon this week. As we reflect on our time overseas, we...