I sent an email to a family who are very dear friends recently. They also happen to be very loyal and sacrificial monthly supporters. Their response ministered to me in such a huge way. I just had to brag on them and how awesome our God and Savior is. I removed their names to keep things private, but other than that the email chain is exactly the same as original. It reads like this:
“Dear (names withheld),
Thanks again, so much, for your monthly support. So much good is happening here, and you two are such a big part of it. Since our ministry started in the Village of Malitam in Batangas City,
*drug violence is no longer a weekly occurrence
*the streets are safer
* the village Capitan, police, and counsel members consider us part of them
*the addiction ministry is growing (not rapidly or not even steadily), but it’s growing
*but most of all, the “Saved” count is up over 150 now, and at least 25% of those newly saved are following through with bible study, counseling, community service and prayer meetings.
I know I don’t owe you guys a line-by-line account of what we’re doing here, but I wanted you to know that your sacrifices are making the Kingdom bigger because you are helping to make disciples just like Jesus said.”
The response moved Teresa and I both to tears:
God is so good how He is working through ya’ll not only there but here on the home front as well. Just 5 minutes ago (and I’m not exaggerating), (daughter-name withheld) asked me in the car how “Mr. Tracy”and “Ms. Teresa” we’re doing. She asked when we could become missionaries like ya’ll. I told her we can start right now, by telling people here in Mayflower about Jesus. daughter‘s eyes lit up and said, “Oh mommy! I’ve already been doing that! I told someone the other day at Aunt Rachel’s gym about Jesus!”
Daughter has such a child like faith, and I absolutely love it. I remember when I was a child, our family supported a missionary family, the Paretts. They lived (and still live) in China, and we saw them every time they made it back home. To me, you are my children’s “Parett” family they will remember. My children pray for you at night at the dinner table and again before we go to bed. God may not call all of us to GO, but while we are here, we want to support you both financially and through our prayers. We love ya’ll and thank you for your servant spirits. Ya’ll are helping to teach my children what it means to obey God’s calling. Please share this news to Teresa so that she may be encouraged also! God bless ya’ll and may He continue to bless the work that He does through you both.
“He is working through ya’ll not only there but here on the home front as well.”
“My children pray for you at night at the dinner table and again before we go to bed.”
“Ya’ll are helping to teach my children what it means to obey God’s calling.”
“She asked when we could become missionaries like ya’ll. I told her we can start right now, by telling people here about Jesus. [Her] eyes lit up and [she] said, ‘Oh mommy! I’ve already been doing that! I told someone the other day at [the] gym about Jesus!’ “
Source: Mission Update3/7/17
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light – Matthew 11:28-30
WE MUST consciously choose to commit all of our life and will to the care and control of Jesus Christ. It’s a FAITH thing, it’s a TRUST thing, because it’s not enough to know that I’ve got problems and it’s not enough to know that our God and Savior can solve them. We must consciously turn them over to Him. We must make a total commitment of life and will and say, “God, here is my life, the good, the bad. I belong to you” And this God and Savior, Jesus Christ begins to take our lives and those problems and HE begins to work on them. HE BEGINS TO WORK ON YOU.
Once you’ve said “yes” to His will and His way you become free to follow Him. And, when you’re following Him, you get to see and hear and be part of a BUNCH of COOL STUFF!!!
As of today, with your support and prayers, Rooftop Covenant Mission has seen a total of 131 salvations, 23 Baptisms, and scores of other miraculous things. We’ve given over 100 Bibles so far. We’ve seen the healing power of the Holy Spirit work through prayer, we’ve seen families mend, we’ve watched and listened as new believers confess their faults to one another for accountability and pray for one another in unity. There are 3 weekly bible studies, counselings, and praise/prayer meetings in the Malitam mission house each week. 3 additional bible studies are also happening in Homes in Malitam. We started repair work on the next typhoon-dammaged roof in Malitam. Our Home in Alangilan has become a mission house for fellowship and mentoring of youth, young people, and young professionals from Batangas Christian School and Batangas City Christ Baptist Church. Glory to God…