Parting Thoughts (January 2017)

Dear Friends,

 

As I retire from full time ministry at Christ’s Body I have many different emotions but the primary one is gratitude. My deepest thanks to all of you for the best 17 years of my life.

First I am so thankful for my dear wife, Kathy. You made this sometimes scary journey of faith alongside me. Together we left the corporate world with its regular monthly salary and benefits for the uncertainty of “raising our support”. You had to keep your job with health insurance to make that possible. Despite working a full-time job you gave many hours every week with no earthly pay to produce this newsletter, maintain the mailing list and web page, receipt donors and countless other vital tasks for the Kingdom that came with no earthly recognition. Without you my dear there was no way we could have done this.

Next all of you who have so faithfully and generously given funds, meat, clothes, food, prayers and your time so we could feed, clothe and share the Gospel with Denver’s poor and homeless. You have truly been the Body of Christ. For all these years I have continued to be amazed by God’s faithfulness through His people to “meet ALL our needs richly in Christ Jesus”.

My gratitude to those fellow workers with me for the Lord’s Kingdom. My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, our staff, Bruce, Deb and Sarah, the countless members of our resident staff and volunteers. You have so faithfully been there 365 days a year no matter the weather or obstacles the enemy has put in our way. Together we have been faithful and without your hard work and encouragement it could never have happened. Together we have stood against the attacks of Satan as he unsuccessfully worked to divide, discourage and distract us from our calling of showing the hope and light of Christ in a dark world.

My thanks to all those on the street who have become my friends. I am so blessed that when you had no one else to trust you trusted me with the most painful and hurting parts of your life. You honored me with your questions about God and desperate requests for His help and blessing. When someone got crazy you were always quick to come to my defense. I love you and will continue to pray for God’s safety and protection over you. 

Finally I am most grateful for our faithful God. From the beginning you have kept your promise to me from your Word. In the midst of craziness and violence you have kept us safe. Others might rely on armed security guards we have always trusted that our opening prayer to you every morning is all the protection we need. Your angels and your mighty arms have protected us and continually provided all that we need. Most recently you have provided a Godly new leader for this ministry, Jim Chapman.  Through all these years you have taught and blessed all of us with the joy that comes only from working in the vineyards of our Lord.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Num. 6:24-26.

 

God’s promise to me and all of us.

John 13:17 “ Now that you know these things you will be blessed IF you do them”.

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