My desire for Marriage God’sWay has been two-fold from the beginning—strengthen marriages and exalt Christ. I’ve seen this prayer answered in different ways. One of the most recent took place on November 9, 2016. I received the following message from Efumbi Vicent, the program director of Hope Initiative Ministries:
We are so much in love with your marriage teachings. In the near future this could turn into big workshops here as we keep sharing and working together on fully establishing our ministry in Kampala. The need for knowledge of Christian marriages is high. We can end up asking for a big number which may not be managed at the moment.
I shared this message with the elders at Woodland Christian Church. They decided to send two boxes (80 books total) to Hope Initiative Ministries. The books were given out as an outreach in HIM’s main centers at Bugiri and Kampala (in eastern Uganda).
I understand the question people will have, so let me answer it now. The books were given to Hope Initiative Ministries (HIM) for free. Woodland Christian mailed them, and I did not receive any money.
Hope Initiative Ministries plan for Marriage God’s Way
We receive regular updates from the missionaries we support and we read those letters at the evening service to let you know how they’re doing, to keep you familiar with them and the work they’re doing, and probably more than anything hopefully to encourage you to pray for them. Then we put the most recent letters in the foyer for you to read them.
Sometimes G.V. Mathai with India Evangelical Mission writes a personal note that you wouldn’t be able to see because it’s on the back of the letter. I wanted to share part of his most recent personal note with you, but first, here’s a little background. When he visited our church and spoke at our evening service, he said one of their needs was $8,000 for a well.
For a few months the leadership has felt like we had a good problem: too much money in our savings. We want to be good stewards of the Lord’s money, and having it sit in savings drawing very, very little interest – when there are missionaries with real needs – isn’t being good stewards. So we decided to give IEM the money they needed for their well. I wanted to share all this with you for two reasons: so you’d know how things are going with IEM, but also so you’d know how the church is using your money. Mathai wrote:
“Dear Pastor Scott & Everyone at the Church,
We thank God for answered prayers! We are so grateful to you all for your prayerful consideration & sending the money to dig a well at our ministry center in Kerala. You dear ones at Woodland Christian Church have been so gracious in helping to meet the needs of the work of our Lord in India.
The people at IEM will be thinking of you & praying for you.
We plan to leave for India the end of December. Please pray for Mariamma and me and everyone going with us.
We love you all & pray for you!”
So thank you all very much for your giving! One of the wonderful things about supporting missions directly or indirectly (by giving to your church that supports missions) is it allows you to be part of work God’s doing on the other side of the world. All of you should feel encouraged about the blessing this well is going to be, and you were each able to be part of it!