The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth. (2 John 1)
Several years into mission work, I asked myself whether it was worth it all. I was overwhelmed and discouraged by the challenges we faced. During that time, I received an email from Dr. Wayne Wright, former general director of Wesleyan World Missions. He had been a professor and mentor of mine in college, and I looked up to him and his wife, Virginia, as heroes of the faith. His email conveyed such love and concern for me and my family. He described how they were interceding on our behalf. He affirmed the way we were investing in others. His email concluded with a charge: “Keep up the good work, and you won’t be sorry.” His words meant so much and helped me find strength to keep going.
It is uncertain exactly to whom John was writing, but his motivation is clearly to encourage the recipients of his letter. He wanted them to know they were not alone in their journey of faith. No doubt he was hopeful that a loving word from a seasoned elder would strengthen their resolve to stay the course.
This passage makes me thankful for those who have taken the time to encourage my faith with loving words of truth. It also makes me wonder, “Who needs to hear a similar word of encouragement from me?”
Take time to encourage those God puts on your heart.
Nikki Nettleton is the director of learning and leadership for Global Partners. She draws from fifteen years of experience in Eastern Europe.
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