Letter from Jonathan

Dear Jordan Team Member,

   In Genesis 12 we read about a man called Abram, whose name was later changed to Abraham. We understand from Scripture that Abraham was a righteous man. God told Abram to leave his country and his family to go to a land that God was going to show Him. He promised that He would make Abram a great nation, that He would bless him, and that his name would be great throughout the whole world. This is called the Abrahamic Covenant. Why did God choose to bless Abram? Because God wanted Abraham to bless all the nations with the knowledge of the great God and Savior of Israel. 

   In the same way that God blessed Abraham, God has blessed you with the free gift of salvation. With every blessing that comes from God there also comes with it responsibilities. Psalm 67:1-2 says, “God me merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us. That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.” God has blessed us with salvation and so it is our responsibility to bless others with that same free gift. Peter writes that the Lord is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). In Matthew 28:19 Jesus, speaking to His disciples, tells them to go. I believe this command still holds true for us as believers today. 

    In April 2015 God has given Global Partners in Peace and Development the wonderful privilege of being able to work alongside of our Associates, Jody and Ruth Miller, who have a passion for reaching and discipling the Arab people. I am excited to be able to partner with them, but also you, as we work together to bring help and hope to people in Jordan. 

   As you prepare for this work there are many things that are expected from each team member, but I want to give priority to two right now. First of all, you must know for sure it is God’s will for you to participate. God may reveal this to each team member in different ways, but you must know this. Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” There may be times on this mission work where one can feel that they are not where God wants them, but when you can look back and know that it was God’s will for you to go, you can place your faith in that and will depend on God's strength to face any obstacle that may be before you.

   Secondly, each team member must be walking in the Spirit and have spent much time on their knees in prayer. Without prayer, this work will amount to wood, hay and stubble and in the end will be burned with fire (I Corinthians 3:12). With prayer, God is moved into action to do an eternal work in and through His children, and only eternity will tell the true results. As you prepare and while you are on the field, you must be prepared to fight spiritual battles each and every day. As a team member you must spend time with God in prayer each day concerning this mission work. If you are walking in the Spirit, prayer will be an outflow of your heart towards God. Your life should be filled with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, faithfulness, kindness, goodness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). Your attitude will reflect if you are truly walking in the Spirit. As we go, we are ambassadors for the cause of Christ. Jesus said in Matthew 5 that we are the light of the world. As a light, we need to shine bright so that others can worship the one, true and living God. 

   I can't wait to be able to partner with you on this amazing trip that will change your life! I believe that God is going to do something special in your life as you prepare to embark on this great adventure with Him. May we all “endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). 


Partners in His Harvest,


Jonathan Grooms


Global Partners in Peace and Development



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