It is amazing to think that the first month of 2018 is now past and we are working through the second month. The beginning of this new year serves as a good reminder that the Lord'’'s coming is one year closer now than it was this time last year. Perhaps this will be the year we are caught up together to be with the Lord!
You probably noticed our new theme—Deepening Roots, Increasing Fruits. I would like to emphasize these two connecting thoughts during 2018. We must deepen our roots in order to increase the fruits of our righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10). It is imperative that we deepen our roots, not in this world but in the world to come. Doing so not only allows us to increase the fruits of our righteousness but also helps us to reap fruit as soul winners.
I pray that during 2018 every church will be able to deepen its relationship with Jesus Christ and with the missionaries it supports. I also pray that every missionary will deepen his relationship with Jesus Christ and with his supporting churches. As we deepen our roots, we will increase our fruits.
I am encouraged by what God is already doing around the world through our supporters and our missionaries. My prayer is that God will use all of us in an even greater way during 2018—and until the Lord returns. Thank you for all that you are doing in your part of God’s harvest field. May the LORD richly bless you!
David H. Snyder
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