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GRACE FOR TOMORROW

October 2020

      I once heard a story about a young man in World War II. This serviceman was aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise, and it seemed that no matter what happened, he was never shaken or rattled. When asked about his steadfastness, he shared that he had an uncle who was a welder on the Empire State Building. Part of his job was working and walking the beams over a thousand feet from the ground. Every step he took was a threat to his life, yet he died by being struck by a car on his walk home from church. The serviceman shared that from his uncle’s life, he learned that no one knows “what will get you,” so do your job and don’t worry about it!

      When I heard this story, it made me think how the unknown is actually a blessing. God, in his infinite wisdom, gave us the blessing of not knowing what is in the future.  Think about it. If we knew something great was coming, we might be tempted to sit around and wait for it to arrive. If we knew something bad was coming, we might be tempted to withdraw, run, and hide. But, since we do not know what God has planned, we can actually rest in trusting him and be assured of his control.

      I couldn’t help but remember Joshua. When he succeeded Moses, he had no idea of all the battles he would have to fight, but he had God’s promise to go with him: “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee“ (Deuteronomy 31:6). In the thirty-one battles Joshua faced, he knew God was in control of what was happening before him.

      We have the same promise as God’s children. We can take comfort in what Christ said in Matthew 6:4 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Later, the writer of Hebrews assures us, “ . . . he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (13:5-6). No matter what comes our way, we can trust in God’s control and plan. I’m so glad I don’t know what’s coming! (Proverbs 27:1)

      Our world is full of uncertainty, and it always has been. Yet, in spite of this, we can be unshakeable and do our job as witnesses for Christ. IFM and your missionaries believe in “standing firm in trouble times” and trusting in God’s gracious blessings. It is humbling to see God work around the world through his people even when the world seems out of control. Our God is gracious!

      “Don’t forget to pray for your missionaries today” as they face the daily unknowns of living in a foreign country. Please remember to pray that God may grant them grace (undeserved blessing or favor) to stand firm in these troubled times. As Thomas Chisolm wrote, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!”

     

Hal S. Pope

​IFM Executive Director

“...he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”  2 Corinthians 9:6

COVID-19 & IFM

Missionaries are experiencing shipping and mail delays worldwide due to current postal bans in many countries. A number of countries are refusing to accept mail from the US, and dozens of other countries are unable to transport mail because of travel restrictions. Please be aware that any mail you send to missionaries in these countries will likely be returned. If you have questions concerning sending mail to a missionary, please feel free to contact our office or check with the USPS for the list of ban countries at the following link:

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