This month’s letter is from my wife, Joyce, as she expresses our gratitude to you in this
season of Thanksgiving. David
My laptop wallpaper is a beautiful Oregon field, backdropped by rolling hills and a rainbow arching above. I didn’t choose this photo for its beauty, or even for the rainbow which is always a reminder to me of God’s faithfulness to keep His promises.
This field belongs to dear friends who are three generations of Domes farmers supporting three generations of Patty missionaries. My dad grew up on a farm just a few miles from this field. My granddad taught Sunday school to the Domes kids who are my contemporaries. Their patriarch, Bill Domes, went to heaven last October, where a reward greater than we can imagine has been stored up for him.
I choose to look at this computer screen every day because these fields are deeply and eternally tied to the mission field. These three generations of farmers are not only some of the hardest working people we know, but they are also about the mission of God—in their homes, community, and around the world. It’s difficult to put into words how vital this partnership is to us. The poem is my attempt at the words.
But these fields are not the only ones connected to the mission field of military ministry where
we serve. The “fields” in which our ministry partners are on mission for Jesus include doctor’s offices, libraries, businesses, dentist’s chairs, schools, engineer’s computers, churches, neighborhoods, books, airlines, ships, retirement homes, and many more. My computer wallpaper represents all of these fields too—all of you.
All of you who have prayed, still pray, and will pray—thank you! Mysterious as it is, prayer is one of the main ways we partner with God and with each other for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
All of you who have given, give now, and will give—thank you! Also mysterious is how God takes our cheerful and sometimes sacrificial offering and weaves it into His calling for all of us to be on mission for Him, and for some of us to do ministry as vocation.
We are in this together—you, us, God’s Spirit. It’s mysterious, but it’s powerful. It’s very real. Both seen and unseen results are happening. There is “fruit that will last” (John 15).
With love and thanks,