September Partner Letter 2016
…”Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of out faith, …for consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls – Give thought to him who has undergone so much, …so that you may not be tired and feeble of purpose.” (Heb. 12:3-4)
After Mexico won her independence from Spain, Texans wanted to be liberated from Mexico and join the United States. The Alamo went from being a mission to a fortress, and Texans took their stand within her walls. The men of the Alamo knew they were fighting against the odds. Only 188 men were inside, but they included such legendary figures as Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie. These men held off nearly four thousand Mexican troops for almost two weeks.
“Remember the Alamo” later became a battle cry during Texas’ fight for independence. But there is a side to the story that many don’t know. The commander of the Alamo, Col. William Barret Travis, gathered his men together and told them they had a choice. They could leave the fort while there was still time, or they could stay and meet certain death. Then Travis unsheathed his sword, drew a line on the ground, and said these words, “Those prepared to give their lives in freedom’s cause, come over to me.” Without hesitation, every man except one – which is how we know the story – crossed the line.
Colonel James Bowie, inventor of the Bowie knife, was ill with typhoid pneumonia and couldn’t walk across the line, but he asked that his bed be carried over. All 188 men were inevitably killed, but their resistance gave Texas time to assemble an army that would eventually defeat Mexico and give Texas her independence.
We all must choose what we live for. Total commitment to Jesus is what changes everything – for there is nothing too hard for God!
What a privilege it is to work together with you! We love and value you and the precious seed that you have entrusted us with. We pray and continue to thank the Lord for your harvest in every area of your lives, as we work together to bear witness of His resurrection power in this hour! We are a part of that same crowd mentioned in Acts 4: “…With great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.“ (Acts 4:33)
Cindy, Lois & Ray