There are times in this ministry that I must divert from Scripture exposition and reports to give you a very personal perspective of this team. I (Sherman) joined Tim back in 2008. It is hard to believe that 10 years has passed already. About four years ago, Randy joined us, and more recently Jonathan. Each plays an important role in this ministry, not for personal gain but for God’s glory.
This leads me to think about the “partners” Paul had in his ministry who played a vital role. The setting in 2 Corinthians 8 – 9 was about meeting a need in the Jerusalem church. Chapter 8:16-24 provides for us an insight into how much Paul valued men like Titus and others who are unnamed. He described them as being “earnest…a brother who is famous among all the churches for his preaching of the gospel…appointed by the churches…for the glory of the Lord Himself.” He goes on in verses 22-23 to describe Titus as “tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you. As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit.”
In many respects, this is how I feel about these men I work with at New Foundations International. They are sold-out for making the gospel known to every unreached people group across the globe. It is not easy to be away from their wives and families for weeks at a time. Yet they will sacrifice anything to train indigenous leaders how to multiply the New Testament principles and Paul’s method of discipling and planting churches so we finish the task Jesus left for us to do.
Have there been tests and trials along the path? Yes! Each of us have learned to let the Spirit teach and guide us at each step. God has been faithful and used our weakness to ignite spiritual fires around the world. I am so grateful to work alongside partners with the same passion and love for Jesus and His authority in the Scriptures. If you are interested in learning more about what God is doing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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