Letter from Cody: USA – September 2013
One of my favorite Biblical characters is the indomitable Caleb. When the ten faithless spies began enumerating and exaggerating the difficulties before them, Caleb boldly proclaimed His trust in God’s promise. “Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” Numbers 13:30. “Go forward trusting in the mighty power of God,” was Caleb’s clarion call! Then again forty plus years later, Caleb’s faith is as strong as ever when he comes to Joshua requesting the most difficult allotment of land. “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me… Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day… It may be that the Lord will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the Lord said.” Joshua 14:11-12. At eighty-five Caleb’s call to go forward, trusting in the name of the Lord, extending His kingdom, rings loud and clear. “What we need now is Calebs, men who are faithful and true.” “We want Calebs now who will press to the front—chieftains in Israel who with courageous words will make a strong report in favor of immediate action.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 134, 383. May God give us the grace to stand as Calebs echoing the call to go forward, trusting in our Almighty God, extending His kingdom of grace!
I am excited about the doors that God has been opening for us to move forward in His name, but I also am praising God for how He has blessed His work through Mission Projects International. Fifteen years ago, we began working on publishing our first mission quarterly. It was a small, simple beginning, but God has used this small endeavor for the advancement of His work. Now nearly fifteen years later, thousands of Bibles have been distributed, tens of thousands of Bible studies and Spirit of Prophecy books have been printed, close to one hundred evangelistic series have been held, hundreds of evangelistic radio programs have aired, dozens of churches have been built, over fifty gospel workers are being supported, over seventy-five churches have been raised up, hundreds have been baptized and countless thousands have heard God’s last-day message—praise the Lord for what He has done! The Lord has definitely blessed our twofold mission of evangelism and foreign missions. Another burden that we have always had was not only doing evangelism but training others in evangelism, as well. We have hosted interns and held many field schools of evangelism while doing evangelism—most recently in Ethiopia. Recently, the Lord has opened another opportunity for us to continue doing evangelism while also being more involved in training missionaries for the Master. Hartland College in Virginia has asked me to serve as the Dean of the College. Through much prayer, we came to the conclusion that the Lord was leading us to continue the work that the Lord has been doing through Mission Projects International while also to uniting our efforts with Hartland College in seeking to train young men and women for service in the Lord’s great harvest field. Jesus has told us to “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:38), but we are also to cooperate with Him in sending forth workers for “there can be no more important work than the proper education of our youth.” Fundamentals of Christian Education, 89. This past month, we have been making the cross-country journey from Washington to Virginia. While I will no longer be pastoring our church in Washington, the work of Mission Projects International will continue to go forward as I continue to oversee our mission work, do evangelism and take mission trips. While much has been accomplished, there is still so much more to do—churches to build, workers to support and evangelism to do. We look forward to seeing how the Lord will continue to bless as we go forward not only in supporting missions and evangelism but in our additional emphasis of missionary training, as well. Thank you so much for prayers and support that have led thousands to our Savior, and we continue to solicit your prayers and support that even more may be accomplished for the Master!
Yours in laboring for the Master,