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April 2017 • Vol. 13, No. 3

K.P.'s Corner

When my children were young, I travelled even more often than I do now. It was God’s grace and mercy that I never knew the hundreds of times my children would cry at night, asking where I was. But they never once heard their mother complain.

Instead my wife told them this: “It is because we let our daddy do this that many more people will be in heaven someday. It is our privilege to do this.”

I remember times she would take me to the airport before a long journey, and I wouldn’t want to get on the airplane. But then she would smile and encourage me to go. I didn’t know until years later how she would often cry all the way home.

Throughout the years of GFA, there has been so much sacrifice and commitment in the face of hardship. I honestly don’t know where we would be today without having walked through all these things and persevered, trusting the Lord as we share His grace with the nations.

However long your journey has been, I’m sure you will recognize this reality: Commitment and sacrifice are a necessary part of seeing more people understand who Jesus is. Sympathy so often is not what we need; what we need are encouragement and strength to press on in the midst of hardship.

First Peter 2:21 reads, “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.”

My brother, my sister, can we pray the Lord will revive our hearts for the sake of those who don’t know Jesus, and that He will break our hearts with the things that break His? Can we look at one another in the midst of trials and say, “Press on my brother, my sister; it is worth it. Eternity is ahead of us, and there will be many people there because of your life”?

May the Lord give us all grace to embrace the struggles He allows into our lives for the sake of those who don’t yet know Him.

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