Is this inappropriate boasting? Paul says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). Even as to not receiving money for his ministry, Paul insisted that “It was not because we do not have the right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate” (2 Thessalonians 3:9).
We desire to leave behind us a model that is the most effective possible so that the gospel reaches the last unreached people group, and then the Lord will come. We are not seeking to build a name for ourselves or leave behind us a monument to men or an organization, but a testimony to an effective ministry that has the marks of the Spirit’s power that fosters movements of God.