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FILLED WITH THANKFULNESS
Greetings and Happy New Year from Independent Faith Mission! I am entering this new year and new decade with a heart full of thankfulness. I once heard Dr. Bob Jones, Sr. say, “When thanks dies on a man’s heart, he is well nigh gone.” I am so glad to be in the opposite state!
This past year was a marvelous year for Independent Faith Mission. I had a front row seat to see God work in some amazing ways around the world. We saw God’s word go forth and bear much fruit in all of the ministries your missionaries are involved in. We saw the Lord open doors for new ministries through national pastors. We saw God orchestrate many unique opportunities for the gospel to be shared. What a great God we serve! I am so thankful for God’s leading and direction! (Proverbs 16:9)
I am also filled with thankfulness for you. I sometimes sit back in amazement at how God uses believers in so many different places to support those called to go. I thank God for your heart for missions and your support, both prayer and financial, for missionaries.
Lastly, I am personally thankful for God’s good grace in my life. I recently had a serious health issue that put me in the hospital for two and a half weeks. Almost out of nowhere, I contracted a rather serious case of bacterial pneumonia. I knew my life was in the Father’s hands and I was (and am!) thankful to rest in that.
In his good grace, the Lord has provided healing for me. I continue to remember Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” As we begin a new year, I want those words to be on my lips no matter what personal situation I face, and I am encouraging our missionaries in the same way. I am thankful for the past and hopeful for the future knowing that our God is leading, directing, and working out his plan in all of our lives. To God be the Glory!
Hal S. Pope
IFM Executive Director
“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6