"Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming Godís Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
"Itís not at all fanciful for me to think this way about you. My prayers and hopes have deep roots in reality. You have, after all, stuck with me all the way from the time I was thrown in jail, put on trial, and came out of it in one piece. All along you have experienced with me the most generous help from God. He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does! So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feeling so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a loverís life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God."
"The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesnít diminish or weaken over time. Itís the same all over the world. The Message bears fruit and gets larger and stronger, just as it has in you. From the very first day you heard and recognized the truth of what God is doing, youíve been hungry for moreÖ
"Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we havenít stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that youĎll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that youíll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul Ė not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. Itís strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us."
It is my prayer that you are, or will be, praying in a similar way, for this ministry in Uganda, East Africa, like Paul prayed for the ministries heíd started. If you have never before prayed for us, please start by saying a prayer for us right now, as you finish reading this. To those of you who already uphold this ministry in prayer, I would first of all thank you, because you make it all possible, and then ask you to pray even more intensely for us, as God leads you.
Thanks and God bless you all!