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once in awhile. One is not a missionary because of pleasantries or tacos but rather because it is the will of God. The Seals are servants who have reached out through the years to the particular needs of the people of the Yucatán Peninsula. They voluntarily cared for numerous children in their home, and the National Service of Integral Development of the Family brought children to their home seeking their assistance. The Seals have endured, served and sacrificed! They have trained each of their three children to love God and serve Him. Over the years they adopted four additional children. They love each of them and consider them as their own. Two of their adopted daughters are now full-time missionaries serving in the Yucatán Peninsula and reaching their own people. John, Martha & Rebecca Ridings John Ridings Betty Ridings Obviously, children are a concern. Those children grow and eventually go away and no longer remain under our care. Such is the case of John Ridings. Brother Ridings lost his first wife, Martha, to illness on the foreign mission field. His daughter Rebecca lost her mother. Unwilling to quit, Brother Ridings persevered despite top: Joe & Melissa Marshall the obstacles. He also family—BIMI Australia buried his second wife, bottom: John & Rebecca Betty, in 2004. He has, Gilbreath family—BIMI Mexico by the grace of God, continued to be faithful. His daughter Rebecca, along with his son-in-law and grandson, is now a missionary serving with Brother Ridings in Juárez, Mexico. Another daughter Melissa serves with her family in Australia. Perhaps it would be appropriate to ask: “What if he had quit?” A testimony of consistency will have an impact on the local people no matter who they are or what their nationality. This truth is borne out through the accounts of untold veteran missionaries. Our mission is united in Christ and that mission is the fulfillment of the Great Commission that we strive to carry out together. While we do so, we are witnesses to the triumph found through a persistent presence and are granted an exhortation and a promise in Galatians 6:9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Our own children are a part of that harvest. The individuals we personally lead to the cross through longsuffering and commitment are a part of that harvest. However, we cannot know the extent of the harvest until that glorious day of His appearing. Perhaps you are a missionary, pastor or faith promise partner who has been through trials or maybe you are just tired. Consider Luke 21:28: then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. This is our hope, but have we garnered credibility through consistency? W Number 2, 2013 BIMI WORLD 29