I trust this letter finds each of you doing well in your part of God’s harvest field. As we begin the month of October, I find myself—along with our other directors and representatives—in the midst of mission conference season. Please pray that as we preach and minister in churches this fall season, souls will be saved and Christians will surrender to full-time missionary service.
Throughout this year, I have written about our theme. So far, I have emphasized the word moving and the word forward. In this letter and the next letter I would like to emphasize the word faith. The word moving is a word of ACTION and the word forward is a word of DIRECTION. When thinking about the word faith, I believe it is a word of CONVICTION. Faith is the conviction that God’s Word is true and that God will always be true to His Word. It is interesting to note that faith, in addition to being a word of conviction, is also a word of ACTION and DIRECTION. This is true because the natural result of faith is obedient ACTION in following the DIRECTION God gives.
Each hero of the faith mentioned in Hebrews 11 was characterized by a heart-felt conviction concerning God’s will. This was demonstrated by a life of actively following the direction God gave them. Although none of them were perfect, the heroes mentioned in Scripture were pleasing to God. Similarly, you have launched out with conviction to follow the direction God has given you. Whether you are involved in pre-field, on-field, or furlough ministry, I want to say “THANK YOU” for being a missionary of faith (CONVICTION). God is pleased with the lives of all those who, by faith, actively follow God’s direction.
As we all move forward by faith, we can be confident that God is indeed a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). May the LORD richly bless you!
David H. Snyder
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