Through Your Prayers…
by Noah Hefley
April 13, 2019
During my seminary years at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, one of my professors was Dr. David Fite, a former missionary in Cuba. He and his father-in-law were placed in prison for preaching the gospel. They were frequently put in solitary confinement or forced to stand at attention all day long. Fite’s father-in-law, now advanced in years, would struggle to find the stamina to stand without moving, slumping or even collapsing during a whole day. When he did, the guards would beat him for his failure to follow their cruel orders.
One day was particularly hot as the hours crept by while Fite and his father-in-law stood at attention. Yet Fite was amazed that his older father-in-law never flinched even once throughout the day. He could not wait to ask him how he found the strength to stand in place all day without faltering or falling.
Later that day his father-in-law said to him, “David, I’m surprised at you. You forgot that my birthday is today! Southern Baptists all over the world were praying for our missionaries on their birthdays. God’s grace was my strength!”
In this Easter Season when we give support to our missionaries through our Annie Armstrong Offering, let us be reminded as well to faithfully pray for them. God has ordained to provide help through the prayers of His children. Remember, missionary Paul said to the Philippian church, “I will continue to rejoice for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Philippians 1:19).
So let us not neglect to pray for our missionaries, but also for one another!
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