Welcome to the Summer Edition of the HeartCry Magazine. As always, it seems like time is flying by us at an ever-increasing pace, and each period between editions seems to grow more and more brief. Our days are truly like a vapor, and as the flower of the field so we flourish, but then the wind passes over us, and we are no more (Psalms 103:15-16). Such a reality would lead us to great despair if it were not for the fact that the love of the Lord is everlasting to those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17) and that He has marked our steps (Proverbs 16:9) and ordained the works that we should do (Ephesians 2:10).
This edition of the magazine highlights the women who serve on the foreign field with HeartCry, either as missionaries or wives and mothers. As you read through their testimonies we hope and pray that you will glean the following:
First, that you will grow to comprehend in a greater way the value of our sisters in Christ on the foreign field. Even the most cursory examination of the history of missions will demonstrate the inestimable investment that has been made by those women who have counted the cost and left all to serve Christ.
Secondly, that you will be inspired to pray for these dear women on the field, whether they work alone or stand beside their husbands. The struggles they encounter are beyond the natural; therefore, they need a power beyond the natural not only to be sustained but also to advance the Kingdom of Christ.
Thirdly, that you will be inspired by these women to live a life of greater devotion and service to the Lord and His Great Commission. One does not have to be a missionary in order to be inspired by them.
Fourthly, that you will give yourself more fully to the advance of Christ’s Kingdom throughout the world. As we often say here at HeartCry, every Christian is required to demonstrate equal devotion to the Great Commission. Whether we are called to go or stay—to go down into the well or to hold the rope for those who go down—there are to be scars on our hands. There are different callings, but there ought to be the same devotion.
Fifthly, that you will understand and be genuinely moved by the fact that possibly the most unreached people group in the world is women! In many cultures around the world, women are left illiterate and without much contact with the gospel. This is a great tragedy!
Sixthly and finally, that you will grow in your understanding of the great need that exists for our sisters in Christ around the world to be exposed to profound biblical teaching. Every doctrine that is necessary for a man to live as Christ in this fallen world is equally necessary for a woman to do so! It is very infrequent that women are given the same theological and doctrinal diet as men; for this reason, many are suffering from theological malnutrition, even when the men of the same culture are provided a healthy diet.
In the pages that follow, you will first find an excerpt from the puritan George Swinnock on the sufferings of Christ Jesus. Beyond that, you may read testimony after testimony—of hardship, faithfulness, ministry, gratitude, and coversion—from women around the globe who are laboring for the Lord on the mission field. May you be blessed as you read them!
Paul David Washer