In 1 Thessalonians 2:9 Paul wrote: “For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.”  Paul vigorously defended his integrity against lies and slander spread by his enemies.  Paul and his companions had devoted themselves to back-breaking work while enduring all kinds of hardship for the sake of the Gospel.  “Travail” is a good word to describe a missionary’s labor.  They face security and health risks on a daily basis.  They often feel alone and discouraged.  There are many who oppose them and seek to destroy their reputations.  They persistently plant Gospel seed when the reaping is often rare and the spiritual warfare is intense.  Yet, faithful missionaries plod on to glorify Christ, to preach His Gospel, and to love those who are on the broad road to destruction.  Engage with these missionaries in battle.  Pray for them and encourage them that they may endure hardness as good soldiers.

Dave Smith (Director)