It was a peculiar email. Not so much the request it contained, but the closing. She wrote, “I’m so blessed by your existence”. That’s odd, I thought. I don’t think anyone has ever told me that before. Living in this part of the world, we’re used to things not translating exactly into English. She probably meant “I’m glad you’re here”, or “I’m glad you’re in my life”. Still, there was something about it that I couldn’t stop thinking about.
In the classic Christmas movie ” It’s a Wonderful Life” (you probably know the story) George Bailey has hit hard times and thinks it would be better if he never existed at all. But, over the course of the movie, an angel shows him how many lives he’s touched and what a real difference he has made in his community.
Maybe you’re wondering the same thing, if who you are and what you do matters to anyone at all? Yes! The Bible tells us we were created in the image of God Himself (Genesis 9:6). That means every human being has innate value as an image bearer of God without doing anything at all. In addition, may I tell you that you have made a difference in our life personally and in the kingdom of God.
If you have ever taken the time to read our little blogs, sent an encouraging word or prayed for us, you’ve made a difference! Many of you have raised funds, colored pages, given generously and supported us in so many other ways. You have made a difference. You have enabled us to do what we do.
Because of you, there’s people on the other side of the world who have heard the Good news, who have been encouraged in their faith, have received treatment for addiction, or training for a new vocation. There are folks on a faraway mountain who have a new community learning center, their leaders are being trained in oral Bible teaching, the children in the village have new warm winter coats and hopefully soon, a new well will bring fresh, flowing water to their village..
Yes, you are valuable and have made such a difference in the lives of so many. Please accept our humble thanks.
Oh, and just in case no one has ever told you this, let us be the first to say… “We are so blessed by your existence”!
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” Philippians 1:3 NKJV