Being President for many years allows you to see the longer and larger view of things that happen in missions.  I have to say that I have been very impressed with the faithfulness of local churches in supporting church planters.  Once in a while I will see a letter come from some church that seems to be out of character but for the most part, churches have “stood by their missionaries.” 

Actually, I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of churches to missionaries that have fallen ill or had special needs.  It is “uplifting” to see the kindness and mercy shown these leaders. 

And, many churches have tried to help the retirees in the golden years (if what I am seeing, it doesn’t look to golden).   Even though we suggest supporting them at twenty-five percent, many churches do much more.

S0, I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AS CHURCHES FOR YOUR SACRIFICIAL GIVING AND WONDERFUL CARE OF THE MISSIONARIES.