Romans 10:14-15 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!"
Edwin and I have been graced to have several sending churches in our lives. It's amazing how few churches are sending churches. What do I mean by that? Mission work is evangelism that involves taking the Gospel from one geographic location, culture, or language system to another. There are two different roles involved in that work: senders and goers. Most churches, even Southern Baptist churches, don't send missionaries. Their members don't see the importance, or they say that they can't afford to support their communities in addition to supporting overseas work. (I'm not going to give any thoughts on that little subject!)
Edwin and I, however, are going overseas with several churches behind us. They have given to us emotionally, spiritually, and socially. In fact, the International Mission Board requires each unit (either family or unmarried single) to find five SBC churches to back them up in prayer. The reason for this is that we are able to connect with churches, and the members of that church see that mission work isn't something that "somebody does somewhere." It's real people going to other real people and telling them about real salvation. Their prayers are personal and effective.
A guy was telling us today that he could physically tell the difference when a prayer warrior back home was praying for him. God would wake this man up and he would stay up and pray until God gave him enough peace to sleep. And it made a difference. He told us that if any good came from his work in the Middle East, that prayer warrior would be standing right next to him as he handed his work back to God in Heaven.
You are making a difference when you pray. That's why I gave you a list of things to pray for us about yesterday. It changes things. We've seen a difference in Ella since last night! For this reason, I try to keep you updated on a daily basis (except for Sundays). Edwin and I need you to stay involved. Edwin and I need you to keep working. We need you to be our senders.