A continuation of part 1 and part 2. At the end of this post are some phrases from Philippians as Paul expresses his thankfulness to his supporters from that special church. Paul was thankful for the love, friendship, and support of his friends. But he never asks any of them in his letter to go on mission with him. And we feel somewhat the same. We want people to join us, but if everyone were here, who would send us? There is no way we can do it without support through prayer and of course financially. I work here for free for people who cannot pay thanks to the generosity of Christians in the United States who have decided to share some of what they have with us and with the poorest people of Peru. If everyone came it would be impossible to do what we do. Also for our family it is restful to know that there are people who are keeping things stable back home. It gives us peace to know that when we go home, there will be people there we love who are continuing in the good work going on the United States of America. I don’t want everyone to come because I want to know you are there. So I don’t want everyone to come, but I want everyone to know they are welcome to come if that is what God has for them. We are thankful for you. See how Paul rejoices in his friendship with the Philippian church, and please know that we feel much of the same.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”
“It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart, for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus”.
“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you”.
“It was good of you to share in my troubles”.
“You sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account . . . They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God”.