“So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” Psalm 63:2-3
In the month of January God gave me (Matt) the wonderful privilege of attending the annual East Africa Calvary Chapel Association Conference. It was my first time to attend this conference but I hope it will not be the last. Although I love the church as a whole, I have a special place in my heart for the Calvary Chapel movement that seeks to permeate the world with the Gospel through sharing the Love of Jesus and simply explaining the words of God. It was wonderful to sit in the “sanctuary” and behold what God has done and is doing in this region of the world in and through His bride. Jesus touched my heart as I worshiped Him alongside men, of all different tribes and languages, who have separated themselves from the deceitful pleasures of this life to love and serve the King of Kings. All of us were stirred and filled as we looked at Jesus’ words to the seven churches in the first chapters of Revelation. It was a perfect way for me to start the year, filling my heart with expectation for what God has in store for 2020. My prayer is for there to be a church that rightly handles the Word of Truth and believes in the transforming power of Jesus’ death and resurrection in every village.
My family and I would like to take a moment to appreciate all of you for your partnership with us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so evident that there are prayers going up to heaven on our behalf every day and that we are well-loved. Thank you for your love, thank you for your prayers, thank you for your encouragement. We wish it were easier to fit into our updates all that you have helped to accomplish and have made an impact on over the last year. To hear more deeply of the answered prayers. To see the faces of those who have had healing. And to hear testimonies from those being transformed. It is our hope that one day you will be able to come and see it with your own eyes.
Also, please pray for East Africa, as there is a massive plague of locusts moving through the region causing tremendous pain and suffering to those in its path.