November 13, 2012

Church at its Finest

Thank you. 
I thank God every time I remember you. 

Thank you for showing your support. 
I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel. 

Thank you for praying for us. 
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 

Thank you for giving. 
He who sows generously will also reap generously. 

Thank you for helping our friends. 
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me. 

Thank you for caring. 
If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 

Thank you for showing us “church” at its finest. 
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 

Seriously, thank you. 
I have never stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
It has been exactly one week since we asked for your help, the help of our fellow siblings in Christ here and there and everywhere. In only one week, your donations have fully covered our friend’s reimbursement to the phone company after being robbed; your donations contributed to our co-worker’s wife’s surgery; and, your donations will cover a little more than 10 months of medical bills for our friend and his leg disease. In only one week we have received many emails of encouragement and prayer for us and for our friends.

Church at its finest. 

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. 

When we delivered the money to our first friend mentioned, she was still quite shook up from being robbed. She said it was awful as she not only had to deal with her emotions from the event, but also had the stress of having to pay back the phone company for all of the stolen minutes that she was supposed to sell. But she said that after it happened, she prayed over and over for a miracle to happen. She knew that God would provide for her somehow. 

Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith? 

You were that miracle, through your prayers and donations. She says, “May God bless you as much as you have blessed me.”

Praise be to you, O Lord, God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given only what comes from your hand.

Grace and Peace,