Dear Supporting Friends (both through prayer and finances),
As we rapidly advance through this year of 2010, I am keenly aware of the great part you play in our ministry. With the Apostle Paul in Colossians 4:2, I ask that you…
“continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving, withal praying also for us,
that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ…
that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.”
Opportunities abound as God places people in our path that need Christ in their lives. Only He can give hope, forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life! His mercy and grace are abundant to all of us.
During the past 12 months, we have received notification from several churches that they were dropping our support. The two reasons given have been: (1) the financial recession has affected the church’s finances and they are no longer able to support their missionaries; (2) the church has decided to support “less for more”—they will support a lesser number of missionaries for a larger amount of monthly support. None have dropped us because of doctrinal or philosophical disagreements.
We have started seven churches in our 31 years in Costa Rica. These churches support a total of 18 missionary families or national pastors. We emphasize faithfulness in tithes and offerings in order that our missionary families may stay “on the field” and continue to do the ministry that God has called them to do. Lynn and I do not spend a lot of time in the States on deputation or visiting churches. Our trips to the States are for the purpose of seeing our boys before they deploy to a war zone, attend a wedding or funeral, or to take care of a medical need.
I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to you for standing with us. Many of you make great sacrifices in order that God’s message of salvation may go out to other parts of the world. These sacrifices will be rewarded one day at the judgment seat of Christ! Let us all be faithful in doing our part so that others may hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord!
Working together for Christ,
Russ and Lynn Turner