I have discussed this several times, but several years ago I read an article in “The Word of Faith” magazine that really intrigued me. The article concerned something all of us need to be continually reminded of because many works of God still remain for us to minister in the world. The article demonstrated how important it was for every ministry to form a strong base of support for their work, and that the financial support was invaluable. Quite simply, without the support, no ministry can continue. No ministry should (or is able to) act as a Lone Ranger, so they must find the support that comes from a strong relationship.
The article told the story of William Carey of England, who recognized from the beginning the importance of having friends who would support him in his endeavors. Carey was ordained in August 1786 and during a ministers meeting that year, he talked about Jesus’ command to “to teach all nations,” and how it was still in effect. Well, the chairman of the conference, a Mr. Ryland, rebuked him and accused of being an enthusiast! (And that’s bad? Hmmm).
Carey was quite embarrassed. His fellow ministers treated his ideas as impractical. But later, Carey met Thomas Potts, who had been to America and seen the need for missionary work. Potts agreed with Carey and his vision.
However, having a dream of missionary work is one thing, but being able to bring it to pass isn’t an easy task to bring about. Carey began to realize that his dreams would never be fulfilled if he worked on his own. In time, God brought other people across his path who encouraged and helped him. As a direct consequence of Carey’s work, the first Evangelical missions agency was created in 1792.
One day in 1793, Carey and some friends were discussing the need for foreign missions. Andrew Fuller, a fellow minister who was at that gathering, recalled, “We saw there was a gold mine in India, but it was as deep as the center of the Earth.” Fuller asked who would venture to explore that mine. Carey spoke up and addressed his friends: “I will venture to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.”
By “holding the ropes,” Carey meant consistently praying for him, financially supporting him, and regularly communicating on his behalf with the churches in England. His friends agreed.
Carey went to India and made possible the translation of the Bible into numerous languages. Many have called Carey the father of modern missions, but he saw his relationship with his supporters in England as a brotherhood. He traveled to India, but he knew he was only able to accomplish what he did because his partners back in England were “holding the ropes.”
My friends, there are many ministries who are in need of your help in “holding the ropes;” to coming alongside of them and supporting them financially and prayerfully.
For instance, I confess that I do need your support, but right now there is another minister I know, Jipu Barikdar, who lives in Bangladesh and needs people to “hold the ropes” for him. So I ask you to prayerfully consider drawing alongside Jipu and support him any way you are able. Visit https://give.ccci.org/give/View/2816059 and help Jipu as he continues to offer the life of our Lord to those in his own country.
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I do thank you for your gifts. It is your faithful and continued support that makes these messages possible.