Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ…
It is now a little over a year since Sherri and I trusted God for all our needs; materially, physically and spiritually. During this time not one week goes by without someone, somewhere asking us the question: “Why are you leaving a well-paying job to go into full-time ministry when at this stage of your lives you could be thinking of taking things a little bit easier?”
We would like to share with you the “Why” question.
Our calling creates a distinctive perspective of our lives on this earth. We become bold in our pursuit of the fulfillment of the Great Commission, and meek as we live as servants of God and of our fellow men and women for whom Christ died. This perspective is also expressed in our attitude towards money and property. This is not to say that personal needs are unimportant, but the main focus is our goal to be maximally effective for Christ and to live a moderate lifestyle as reflected in the Scripture passages Romans 10:11-12 NIV, 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV, Proverbs 23:4-5 NIV and I Timothy 6:6-11 NIV. These verses strongly indicate that God will not just meet needs but will return to us abundantly, richly and bountifully as our focus is on giving and sacrificing rather than accumulating. As I Timothy 6:6 NIV points out, we are to be content with what we have.
The privileges and benefits of being on full time staff with “Campus Crusade for Christ” are many as we serve, love, learn, and grow in maturity and grace. In choosing to follow the Lord rather than the world and riches, we choose a lifestyle that gives up some things of value for a higher purpose. Sacrificial lifestyle begins with an attitude of the heart and a yielding of the person (Romans 12:1-2 NIV). We need to be free of encumbrances which would weigh us down (Hebrews 12:1 NIV). Often the result is sacrifice of such things as immediate and potential wealth, social and professional position, personal conveniences, and more.
This is not to say we are to fail to honorably provide for present and future needs of ourselves and family (I Timothy 5:8 NIV, 2 Corinthians 12:14 NIV, Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV), or to “live below” what is truly needed and fully adequate. It is to say that our lifestyle is to call attention to the Savior and not ourselves, that possession are subjugated to our total availability to the Lord (Luke 14:33 NIV) and that our heart attitude is to be that of stripping ourselves of all that would hinder our running the good race (I Corinthians 9:24 NIV).
Having as our highest goal to be pleasing and glorifying to God, we desire for our support structure to be principled after Hebrews 11:6 NIV, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” One of the guiding principles of our income structure is that it must promote a life of faith and trust in each of us. While each of us sees the need to trust God to give us wisdom to live on a limited budget and to plan for financial emergencies, we feel the primary emphasis of our faith should be in the support raising area. It is a great privilege we have to see God raise up our support each month through individuals such as yourself. Trusting God in this area is a real source of personal growth and development for us. What an excitement there is to see God provide, literally, before our eyes.
In our ministry we’d have to say you have moved mountains for us. Thank you so much for giving us the footing and leverage to proclaim Jesus Christ to executives. When you pray for our work it’s as if our feet are planted with yours, and your prayers join with ours and empower our ministry. Like a mighty lever from God, they help us catapult the gospel to the business and professional community.
Your leverage for Christ through our work has touched countless lives. You have helped us equip and teach hundreds of executives, who in turn will continue to reach thousands more…more than you or we could ever dream of influencing on our own.
We are truly blessed and want thank those of you who have been there for us in our first year of ministry, as well as those who have joined us along the way. You are having a powerful impact through “Executive Ministries” by your gifts and prayers. We think you’re a terrific team. Thank you for enabling us to love and serve the lost ones and for your friendship in Christ.
In His Grip and Serving Grace…