This is an article from Milton and Betty Wilder, who will be joining SMH as Associate Missionaries in June.
Entering a new field of ministry has given me a new appreciation for missionaries. Even before they get to the field they must have a deep commitment to their work in order to go through the process of getting to the field to do the work. I can now understand from a personal standpoint that contacting individuals and churches for support turns out to be heavy labor. I have to admit also that it is very difficult to continue to pastor a church and find time to raise support. Betty and I truly need your prayers as we try to do this. Two churches, one ministry agency and several individuals have begun or will begin monthly support when we move to our pastoral ministry to missionaries at Siloam Missionary Homes in June. That brings us to approximately 10% of our monthly goal for the two of us. As of this writing, we have scheduled presentations of our ministry in three other churches. We are very grateful for a number of one-time gifts that friends and family have sent to our account at SMH and for those who have promised prayer support.
We are so thankful to the Lord for providing a house and for the helpful Christian real estate agent, Linda Hagood, who has been working with us. Although the house needs a great deal of renovation, the location is ideal, being within walking distance of Siloam Missionary Homes’ campus. Not only did the Lord provide the best location, but the property was offered to us at less than half the tax value, which is a miracle in itself. This is an amount which is less than what any of us were praying for! Time and again God shows us that He truly “is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). We will have to spend some dollars on construction and reconstruction, but a number of gracious and caring individuals have already promised that they will help with this labor and again we praise the Lord for His provision! He also knows where we will find the funds to accomplish all this.
I keep referring to a little card that our tax preparer, Ed Winslow, gave us last week, which says, “Where God guides, He provides,” with some verses from Isaiah 43. When the faith of any of us tends to weaken, this is a truth we need to remember. Please pray that our faith will stay strong; that God will supply our monthly support through His people; that He will enable us to make a clear and effective presentation of our ministry to churches and interested individuals; that He will continue to equip us to serve Him at Siloam Missionary Homes; that He will use us to minister to the needs of others and encourage them in their commitment and service to the Lord.