Oct 31

Causing Thanksgiving to Overflow posted by jwatson on Oct 31, 2011

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corin 4:15)

This is that time of year when we focus on thanksgiving to God for his rich blessings upon each of our lives. God’s provision, our families, good health, and our freedom are just a few of the treasures that immediately come to mind. But the greatest, most earth-shattering blessing we have received is God’s grace through Jesus Christ. As Paul reminds us in Corinthians, the grace that reaches more and more people should result in an overflow of thanksgiving to God’s glory!

Think of that rich grace that cascades down and washes and cleanses us in our sin. As Paul said in Romans:

Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Romans 7:25)

With that in mind, we thank you, our partners and friends who have demonstrated your love for the Lord through your faithfulness to Him and the EE ministry.

As we look ahead, we see the EE ministry strengthening in so many ways. Implementation field workers continue to help us increase the implementation of EE in local churches throughout the world. We have more than 400 field workers currently, with plans for many more.

Our Hope for Kids ministry is literally exploding around the world as millions of kids are being trained to share their faith and millions more are being reached for the Lord. Now we are adding an additional, and much-needed, layer through a ministry called The Explorers’ Club. The Explorers’ Club is meaningful discipleship material that will be used to disciple those millions of kids who are making professions of faith in Christ. This is serious discipleship that will make kids’ faith stick for a lifetime.

These are just a few of the recent developments that I thank God for.

During this time of heartfelt thanksgiving, we are reminded of many EE representatives around the world who work tirelessly to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through EE, but who, themselves, are struggling, and may not be in spirits of joyful thanksgiving.

Recently we have heard of EE staff that have lost breadwinners in their families, have lost homes through major storms, and endure real, life-threatening persecution, yet press on for the cause of Christ.

Read more about these humble, hard-working, faithful people. There you will learn of their struggles, their hearts to serve our Lord, and you’ll also have an opportunity to help them.

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