You know the story: You go to visit someone to encourage them, but you come away even more encouraged yourself.
It happens to me every time I visit staff around the world. I go to listen and to talk and to speak: all to encourage them as they continue in their love and good works in the name of Jesus. Every time I am in awe that God lets me see such faith and faithfulness.
I just returned from Francophone Africa. What a joy to hear them talking about going to very difficult places to share the love of Jesus. A few of them got caught in recent civil war and had to leave everything behind and walk quietly away—to the country next door.
Definitely my heroes.
In Thailand recent flooding took homes, cars, possessions of many staff. Their response? Prepare and package food, then head out in boats to provide for others who were still living in flood conditions. Rescue stranded families. Help move furniture to upper floors.
Earthquakes, famines, persecution, illness, threats, deprivation, imprisonment, cold hearts—around the world our staff keep on keeping on to introduce as many as possible to our wonderful Savior.
Of course, they share wonderful stories of needs met, lives changed, families restored. God blesses and provides. They serve faithfully when the fruit is abundant and when it seems scarce. I never get over that I get to serve with such courageous women.
Meet some more of my heroes, representing many more:
Who are your heroes?
c2011 Judy Douglass