To the all saints who have supported me,
After five months, tomorrow is the day. At 4pm tomorrow, I will be on a plane headed to Barcelona (well technically London, then Barcelona) for a week of training and team building so we may later join with other believers on the frontlines of spiritual warfare. And you get to come with me.
You’re receiving this email because you answered the call, just like I did, and it is only because of this response from you and plenty of other folks that I am able to get on a plane tomorrow. So we’re on this trip together, but the problem is that you’re staying here, which means I’ll have to keep you updated as to what we’re doing across the pond. Believe it or not, WiFi is a commonality in both Jordan and Greece (even with the mass power outages), so I will be keeping you and many of my other friends updated on the events at the refugee camps through my personal blog, titled “A Freelance Apologist”. Here is the link to the page:
I’m sure it goes without saying, but I want to say it anyways: I am grateful to have people like yourself in my life who answer the call, whether through prayer or finances. In our western culture, we are taught to only give of our possessions, time, and finances if there is an opportunity for an equal or greater return. Heck, even donations to nonprofit organizations offer a tax-deductible incentive. But with your gift to me, you get nothing in return [physically], and in a way, it gives me a reminder (at a minuscule level, of course) of the thing Jesus did for us on a cross 2,000 years ago: He gave us a gift of life of which we could never repay, and thankfully He doesn’t expect us to. In fact, He expects us to walk in freedom, not stress or guilt. So that is what I will do.
Even as I type this, I am filled with joy by the Spirit, almost as a gesture of assurance from the Lord that this decision I made five months ago to embark on this albeit brief journey is exactly what He wants me to do. As anyone who has ever prepared for a major missions project can tell you, Satan’s attempts to wreck you emotionally, spiritually, and even physically are never stronger than the week immediately before the trip. Such was the case for me this past week, but through the recognition of these ploys and steadfastness in prayer and in the Word delivered to us by the grace of God, I have come out unscathed. I’m just as focused as ever.
In fact, after five months of talk, I’m tired of talking about it. I’m ready to just do the dang thing. I fear not for my own life or those who may take it, but rather I fear the One who can take both body and soul (Matthew 10:28). Thank you all. Continuing praying for myself and the rest of the believers. I leave you with this:
“May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”