Work That Counts For Eternity
"Öbut let us encourage one another Ė and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Heb. 10:25).
One of the great blessings that you and I have through the ministry of Herald of His Coming is the opportunity to offer mutual encouragement to one another, as well as to others, in anticipation of the Second Coming of Christ. The Herald staff endeavors to encourage, strengthen and challenge your life through the work entrusted to us, and we appreciate the way that you encourage, challenge and support this ministry and the staff through your letters, phone calls, financial gifts and prayers. We praise the Lord for all of the lives that are being impacted for eternity as we join our hearts and hands together in His work.
Though there are many scoffers who deny that Christ will return, and though some people believe the Lord is slow in keeping His promise to return, we know with full assurance that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief (2 Pet. 3:3-10). How thankful we can be that the Lord is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9), and that His patience allows us opportunities for ministry. When that Day comes, all of our present efforts to reach out to the lost and build up fellow believers will be completely worth it! Every word shared on behalf of Christ, every gift given to His work, every prayer prayed in His Name Ė all of this will matter on that Day more than we can presently comprehend. Those whose lives we impact now will be our hope, joy and crown of rejoicing in the presence of Jesus at His Coming! (1 Thes. 2:19-20). Oh, let us do all that we can to help others prepare for that Day, and let us be diligent ourselves to "be found spotless, blameless and at peace with Him"! (2 Pet. 3:14).
We Appreciate You!
Although the personal contact between Herald staff and friends such as you is limited in most cases because of distance, we are thankful nonetheless for the contact we are able to enjoy through various forms of correspondence. We also thank the Lord for the occasional visits we have from Herald readers who stop by the office to offer their fellowship and encouragement. Whether in person or through correspondence, we are very blessed to see your love for the Lord and your desire to minister to others in His Name.
We are especially thankful for your prayers for the ministry as well as for the individual staff members. We will soon be updating our daily prayer guide that outlines specific requests for the ministry and staff, and we invite you to phone or write for one if you would like to pray daily for us. In the meantime, below are some updates regarding the ministry and staff that we hope are helpful to you as you stand together with us in prayer.
Praise and Prayer for a Faithful Servant
Please join us in offering praise to the Lord as this year marks our dear sister Lois Stuckyís 50th year of service with Herald of His Coming! We rejoice over her faithfulness to the ministry through these years, and for the Lordís faithfulness in impacting lives through her editorial work, articles, correspondence, godly character, faith and prayers. We also rejoice that the Lord continues to grant her the health and strength to work on a full time basis. She is invaluable to the ministry, both in her heart for the Lordís work and in her God-given ability to accomplish much work for the Lordís glory. Some of the phrases used in the Bible to describe precious workers seem just as applicable to her, including: "she has been a helper of many" (Rom. 16:2); she has "bestowed much labor on us" (Rom. 16:6); she has "refreshed my spirit and yours" (1 Cor. 16:18); and she is "genuinely concerned for your welfare" (Phil. 2:20).
Please join us in asking the Lord for His continued protection, strength and anointing upon Lois. Pray that the Lord will pour health into her eyes as there are some concerns, including cataracts which she plans to have removed in early fall. Thank the Lord with us also that since the ministry moved to Indiana in 1999, Lois is now only a few hours from family members and is able to enjoy more fellowship with them and provide encouragement to them. Pray for the Lordís grace to work throughout her family.
Prayer for Other Workers
Christine Ludlow is almost finished with chemotherapy treatments in her third bout with cancer, and we are thankful that the Lord has helped her remain strong and full of confidence in Him. Please join us in praising the Lord for the progress she has made, and in asking for His complete healing on her behalf.
We thank the Lord that this year marks Christineís 38th year with Herald of His Coming. One of her main responsibilities is to work through the mail we receive from readers outside the U.S., and so I take this opportunity to thank all of you from other countries who take the time and effort to send mail, including your requests, questions, testimonies, gifts, and so forth. Your encouragement means a great deal to us, and your support is vital to the outreach of the ministry!
My wife Gail is the staff member who first reads and works through the mail we receive from U.S. readers. Like the mail received from outside the U.S., this mail provides tremendous encouragement for the ministry, and also provides substantial financial support. Gail is the one who goes to the Post Office to pick up the mail from readers, and you can imagine the great joy over a good bundle of letters and gifts! Thank you to all of you who bless this ministry through regular mail, as well as those who make contact through emails and/or through the Herald website. We praise the Lord for your friendship and partnership in this work!
If you phone the office, Gayla Royer will most likely be the one to answer your call, though all of the staff members have that privilege from time to time. We appreciate the opportunity to visit with you on the phone, whether it is as simple as making an address change, adding a new name to the mailing list, taking a request for materials, or more involved in answering questions, taking prayer requests, and so forth.
One of Gaylaís main responsibilities is bookkeeping for the ministry. She is very good at this, and helps us keep our bills paid on time, and the books in good order for monthly and yearly reporting. Since this is a faith ministry with the ongoing need of looking to the Lord for His daily provision, Gayla also helps us know the amounts we need to be praying for as we seek the Lord for His provision. We thank all of you who join us in praying for the funds necessary for printing and postage costs, as well as other expenses related to the ministry. And, of course, we appreciate all of you who give financially toward this ministry, whether through a local office or through the U.S. office. We praise the Lord for the way He has worked through your prayers and gifts to sustain this ministry month after month for these past sixty-nine years!
Please offer thanksgiving with us also for the good relationships the Lord has helped us establish with businesses related to this work. We could not ask for any better prices and service than we receive from the company that prints the Herald, the mailing services that help with the U.S. and overseas mail, and companies that print envelopes and other materials for us. Thank the Lord with us as well for the wonderful volunteers that offer their heartfelt service month after month to help this ministry freely distribute the Lordís message.
The Editorial Work
Please remember in prayer the editorial team which includes Lois, Gayla, Gail and me. Pray that we will be sensitive to the Lordís heart for each issue, and that the messages will be timely, challenging, stirring, encouraging and effective in the lives of readers. Pray for the Lordís powerful anointing upon each new issue as well as upon past issues that are still being read. Pray for a deeper work of sanctification in the lives of each of the editorial team members, and that we will be full of grace, faith, truth, wisdom and the Holy Spirit.
Much Fruit for His Glory
One of the themes of this issue is how the Lord prunes us so that we might bear more fruit for His glory. Would you please join us in praying that the Lord will work in and through Herald of His Coming so that this ministry might bear more fruit for Him in this final season before His return? Our prayer is that the Herald might work more deeply in the lives of current readers, and that the ministry would also expand to include greater numbers of readers. Praise the Lord that He "is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us"! (Eph. 3:20).
Thank you again for your prayers, gifts, correspondence and other support and encouragement. Please let us know if you would like one of the updated prayer guides to help you pray regularly for the staff and ministry.
We Hope to Hear from You Soon!
We appreciate all of you who write regularly, and we would also love to hear from those of you who have not contacted the ministry recently. We invite you to write to us at a local office (see the bottom of page 10 for a list of addresses) or to the U.S. office at:
Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878