In 2 Timothy 2:8-10 we read the words of Paul the Missionary, even as he suffers in prison as if he were an evil doer, yet there is something that cannot be bound. That “something” is the very Word of God…it is not bound. It desires to “bring forth fruit with patience.” (Lk. 8:15)
There is no doubt that over these last six weeks (and counting) missionaries from all corners of the globe feel bound in their efforts: church services canceled, communications strained, confined to their homes, and more. Yet, they endure…we endure, as Paul did because he understood that the binding of men does not mean the binding of God. God’s Word endures boundless, so we endure in our bonds.
For a missionary, that means he adapts to his new limitations, trusting that the seed of the Word of God, which has been planted in the hearts and lives of men, should be watered and nurtured by the Spirit of God. What should be forthright in our minds right now is the degree of influence we have through the venue of prayer. R.A. Torrey was a pastor and theologian who spent much time laboring in prayer and ministry during the mid-1800’s. He said: “The man or woman at home who prays often has as much to do with the effectiveness of the missionary on the field, and consequently with the results of his or her labors, as the missionary.” He is not wrong. Among the other things we do right now “at home” I beseech you to “pray often” for the safety of your missionaries and the seed of God’s Word!
Thank you for every time you pray for missions with purpose and persistence!
Winning Souls Wisely! (Pv.11:30)
GFF General Director