This weekend, my wife and I celebrate our 26th anniversary at Faith Independent Baptist Church. It would take several books to write all the stories of Souls saved, lives changed and friendships made that have endured the test of time. As every Pastor will have to admit, there are those things, that we like Paul the Apostle must leave behind. The success stories give us cause to rejoice and help to motivate us to be “Steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” as stated in 1 Cor. 15:58
In these twenty-six years, we have made friends and had fellowship with some of the sweetest people this side of Heaven. And being a “military Church” allows us to not only send people all over the world, but to receive people from all over the world. We thank God for those Men of God and Churches all over the world that have been our co-laborers throughout these years. We have not stood alone in the work of the ministry, but rejoice in the network of like-minded, Bible-believing Churches we have been associated with in the Gospel of Christ. For those who may be reading this from the far reaches of the globe, “Thank you for your part in this ministry and though we may have never met, you are a part of our success here. Keep up the good work.”
1 Cor. 12 describes the function of the Body of Christ and indicates that the body is a unity, working together for the common cause, the glory of God. A heartfelt thank you to those present and past for your work in this ministry. Regardless of whether you taught a class, worked in junior Church, mowed the grass, drove the bus, sang, visited the sick, went soul-winning, kept the nursery, ushered, cleaned the Church, worked in the sound room, kept up the website, worked in VBS, junior and teen camp, did maintenance on the building and grounds and a dozen other things, you have been a vital part of and share in the “glory that shall be revealed in us.”
We are greatly saddened that we will not have Dr. Charles E. Wright with us this year as we have for almost every year for our anniversary . This would have been his 30th year with us in our ministry. I ask those of you who know the Lord to pray for him as he deals with Parkinson’s disease, especially.
I cannot express in words what a joy and privilege it has been to be able spend our lives in Niceville, FL with you on this great journey! On top of that, we get to fellowship around the Throne of God forever. This 26 years will seem as less than moments compared to the endless ages!
While there have been mountains and valleys along the way, looking back, you cannot see the valleys for the mountains. My prayer for Faith Independent Baptist Church is that it will remain “A city that is set on a hill that cannot be hid.” Matthew 5:14
May God bless each of you. I praise God for your part in making my life and ministry such a joy. If I have never met you, It is a desire of mine to see you in Heaven some glad morning and rejoice with you.
Pastor Lev L. and Shirley Humphries,
We are thankful to be Saved and called to Serve our Most High God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Psalm 27:13-14 We have believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. To God be the glory! Great things He hath done!