11.29.11

Greetings…

Posted in church, Newsletters at 10:52 am

Greetings! I’ve been reading through Paul’s letters lately, and I love how he sends greetings to everyone in the different churches. It is a fun insight into the lives of the believers. I’ve often thought it would be fun to say things like…

To those at Shively, greetings in the name of our Lord. May you be blessed by Ben and his ministry to you all. We were most excited to spend time with him last summer and see the love he had for you and for our Lord.

To my dearest brothers and sisters at Central. The past couple of years have been hard, but take heart, I see Christ working in you and in Sherm as he leads the flock. What an encouragement and blessing to see those who desire to follow the Lord with all their heart.

To my friends and brothers in Oswego. Oh, how my heart aches for Lisa and Phil. How we in Italy pray for you. We desire to see the Lord continue to bless you with all of the spiritual blessings in Christ. Know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers. May our love for you extend across the miles.

To our dear friends in Joplin. We know that you have become tired, and we see that sometimes it is easy to be overwhelmed. But do not be discouraged. Do not become weary in doing good. You will one day reap a harvest.

To our brothers and sisters in Yamhill County, Oregon. I know it’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other, but I think of you often. You are not far from my heart. The church at Ancona sends its blessings. I pray that one of you may come and see the work that God is doing here in Italy. Oh how I long for you to see what your prayers and offerings are contributing to the Kingdom.

I want you to know that each one of you is appreciated. You are not just people who write checks. You are God’s people, people whom we are blessed to know. We think of you often. We pray for you frequently. You are not far from our hearts. We know you by name, no matter if you think you are important or not. And this Thanksgiving, as we count our many blessings, we want you to know that you are high on our list. Thank you for all that you do for us. What a blessing to have you on our team.

Until next month…