How important is it that your church stands behind you?
When I first felt called to the mission field, it was important to have the backing of my local church. They supported me publicly, and laid hands on me to send me off as an extension of their local Body of believers.
This was a very important step for me. It meant that even when I felt alone, I had many people standing behind me, praying for me regularly, supporting me financially. The church would bring me up by name, send me emails, and ask people to pray for me.
Now when I visit the US, I share with the believers what God has done since I was last there. They share with me in the journey. It is not about me, but there are many others who are involved in the work on the field by their support on this side.
In the book of Exodus chapter 17, we read a story of a battle that the Israelites had while in the wilderness. God told Moses to lift up his hands to the Lord. When his hands were lifted, the Israelite troops were defeating the enemy. When his hands got tired and fell, the enemy started to win. Two godly men came on each side of Moses, Aaron, and Hur. They held Moses’ hands up when he was tired. Joshua fought with the troops on the front lines. Everyone had a part to play ⎯ but it was God’s fight and He won the victory for them as they all participated. My church has stood and held their arms up in intercession. They have come alongside me, so that even though I might see the victories, they share in the rewards.
I’m so blessed that God has brought a beautiful church body alongside me and the ministry that He has entrusted to each of us. It is Body work, and no one can do it alone.