“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
I hope this letter finds you well. I believe you and I will agree on this – it is time for the church to rise. Observing the ongoing events in our country and having firsthand knowledge of circumstances in other nations, courtesy of serving in the Great Commission, I feel a strong resonance with Isaiah 60:1. It’s all about timing, isn’t it? There are times to endure and be patient, and then there are moments to act – to rise and to shine.
How do these words translate into actions for you and me? By standing in love, purity, compassion, and generosity, we become irresistible to the hurt, broken, lost, and the angry. By reflecting His glory, we repel darkness. Helen and I have repeatedly witnessed such transformations, even in the most oppressed corners of the world—evil regimes crumbling and hardened hearts melting in the presence of Christ’s love. I am certain you’ve experienced similar transformations in your life too. Let’s embrace the power and authority Christ has granted us and bring the world under the banner of His glory. As Isaiah 60:3 assures, nations will be drawn to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
In this newsletter, you’ll find updates from Bosnia, learn how your gifts can serve the Lord in Mexico in March, and find opportunities to make a lasting impact in Egypt.
Warm regards in Christ,
Chuck and Helen Todd
P.S. The call for the church to rise is the central theme of our 25th-anniversary Greater Purpose Conference in April 3-5, 2024. Join us to be inspired, discover service opportunities, connect with like-minded individuals, worship together, be prayed for by the people who care, and celebrate the Lord’s victories with us.