The Schaefers in Asia
April 1, 2019
Much love and affection to you all, in the Lord Jesus’ Name.
Ruth and I started this new year in Singapore, and were able to remain there for most of this quarter. Once again, we have devoted the time to trying to encourage and help Emmanuel Baptist. In Emmanuel, Ruth and I both directed some discipleship sessions, and I was privileged to preach several times. The theme chosen for 2019 was “What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me?” In keeping with that, I preached on “Forgiveness”, “Assurance and Security”, “Deliverance”, “Grace” and “Life”, attempting to expound God’s benefits to us in His great plan of salvation, and what each one of these means for our daily lives, Biblically. Lastly, I spoke on “The Cross” as central to our salvation, of course, but also as the foundation for our philosophy of daily living. We are hopeful in the Lord that the dear folk could have been edified and helped in their holy faith in our Lord Jesus through these and other things we did among them, only by the grace of the Spirit.
Our time in Asia would now seem to have been completed. (Twenty years.) Ruth and I repatriated to the USA last week, and this might well be “for the last time” as we are on track to conclude our 33+ years with our mission board, IGM, on this coming June 30th. This year we are both clicking over to 60 years. But, really, it’s not the years; it’s the mileage. Ruth has been in operating rooms four times in the last five years. We are no longer the children we were when many of you started supporting us, in 1986-87! It seems it is time for us to redirect our efforts, and to plan to be pretty much “Stateside” from now on, especially for the sake of family members. (Ruth’s dear parents are in their mid-eighties now.) We are grateful that we’ve been able to devote our most productive years to the Lord’s work overseas, and hope He’s found them acceptable and has been glorified.
This would be our final newsletter, but it does not necessarily mean that you would not meet us again. Over the next few years, Ruth and I hope that we might be able to arrange to pay each of you a visit sometime. Only instead of zooming into your area, touching base, and then blasting off again so very quickly that our visit seems like a blur, we would like to do something better. We’d like to set up a suitable time to come to you, and to spend more than just a day or a few days—even a couple of weeks—at no expense to yourselves—so that we might give you the spiritual gift of encouragement in your walk with our Lord, and of gracious Gospel words, as well as to express to you how much you and your faithful support have meant to us over the decades.
Therefore, if you all would be so kind as to consider supporting us as usual, up until but not after June 30th, 2019, we would be most appreciative. And when you have discontinued supporting us, it would bring no small joy were we to find out that you’d selected some young missionary family just starting out (as we were 32-33 years ago), and had committed yourselves to their regular support as they go overseas for the sake of the Gospel. And may these do a thousand times better and more effective Gospel ministry than we have ever accomplished!
Blessings on you all, through our Lord Jesus at His Father’s Right Hand,
- That Ruth and I would continue to enjoy at least the measure of health and strength we have at present, and to glorify the Lord Jesus in all things, for as long as we walk on God’s footstool.
- For us to have wisdom in planning out all our movements in the coming season of our life together.
- That we would always and only be a blessing towards other people, especially toward family members who are mainly on our minds these days.
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