“For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers” (Romans 1:8).
The missionary and his family faithfully served on their field of ministry. During the four years since they personally visited their supporting churches, the missionary corresponded regularly. He shared family news, ministry updates, prayer requests and praises. Now it was time to report to the churches. On a particular Sunday they arrived at the church to which they were to report. This verse was on the top of the worship bulletin. But no one knew them. The pastor introduced incorrectly stating the wrong mission agency with whom they served as well as the wrong field. They hadn’t been mentioned in many prayers. The very next Sunday was totally the opposite. The church family knew them because they had prayed for them regularly. Most were familiar with the names of the children as well as they were familiar with their field. They left that meeting much encouraged. One of their children remarked, “Dad, they actually knew us here. Many told me that they prayed for me!” Oh how important it is to pray for one another.
For today: Which of the two churches would best describe your church and missionaries?