In 1979, GFA was born after the Lord burdened my heart for millions of people who had never heard about Him. From the beginning, we have always been motivated by God’s heart for people living in hopelessness.
Over the years, as brothers and sisters on the field shared God’s love, the Lord opened doors for entire communities to experience His compassion. Today, GFA has grown far beyond what it was in 1979. GFA-supported national workers are now involved in many ministries we never dreamed of back then, like distributing income-generating gifts, providing clean water and medical care, serving widows and helping 70,000 children receive an education through the Bridge of Hope program.
It’s exciting to read the stories in this newsletter about how God used these ministries to touch lives, like the young woman who got to attend school because she received a bicycle or the people who received much-needed food and supplies after floods destroyed their homes.
Even though GFA has grown in both size and vision since 1979, our heart remains the same: to bring lasting help, in Christ’s name, to people hungry to experience His grace.
We are changing the title of this newsletter from Harvest to Rejoice! The new name is perfect for this year of celebration. In each issue of Rejoice! this year, we will remember things God has done over the past 40 years by featuring one or two “milestones.” As the Israelites entered the promised land, they set up 12 stones from the Jordan River so future generations would hear about what God had done. In the same way, we want to look back on the special ways God has been faithful to us. Look for the stone symbol to read about these milestones.
I hope you are encouraged as you rejoice with us, knowing God has used all of us together to accomplish amazing things over 40 years—and in His mercy, He continues to use us! Thank you for being with us on this journey. As I often encourage our staff here at GFA, “The best is yet to come.”