Thank You for Your Support of Follower of One

By Mike Henry

Thank you for reading these words, and thank you very much for the action you’ve taken over the last year. How Christ followers show up in the world is important. We are Jesus’s Plan A. He doesn’t have a Plan B.

Over this past year, your actions made a difference. You gave money, time, and energy. God will not let your effort be in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58). At any moment, we can capture our thoughts and use them for Christ’s glory (2 Corinthians 10:5). We can choose to intentionally draw near to God. In fact, that’s our definition of “ministry”  — helping others move one notch closer to Jesus.

Celebrating What God Has Done This Year

As this is the last week of 2022, I’d like to say thanks to you and to our Father for what he is doing. During 2022, we have:

  1. Doubled the size of our online community to almost 800 members
  2. Taken 1,020 Marketplace Mission Trips with more than 580 people since Follower of One began these trips in 2019
  3. Published the six-week workbook version of the Marketplace Mission Trip
  4. Received a matching gift and have already matched nearly $10,000 of the total amount

Everything We Do Matters

Every day, people in Follower of One prove what James 4:8 (ESV) says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” If you haven’t drawn near to God, ask him to transform you (Romans 12:2) and help you turn your heart to him.

Sometimes, we need to give more. Pay attention to those around you and look for ways to appreciate others and serve them. The smallest gesture can make a huge difference, as Jesus points out in Matthew 10:42. We’re told that even if we give a cup of cold water we will be rewarded because we follow Jesus. Listen to the voice of God to determine what to give and who to give to.

A church steeple with a cross visible

Looking to the Future

As a ministry, we have huge plans for next year. We have seven mission trips already planned, including one for a church. We’re also talking to other churches and individuals.

We’re praying for the day when thousands of Jesus followers all over the world actively serve their coworkers, customers, and friends because they have connected with Follower of One. Until then, there is a lot of work to do.

A Request to You

Would you join us in praying and working toward that goal? Your prayers matter and are very important to us. Also, financial gifts also make our growth possible. Please pray for us and, if you can, make a year-end tax-deductible gift. For every dollar you give, our matching partners will double that contribution, up to $40,000 remaining. We’ll use every cent to help other believers become full-time ministers in their own circle of friends.

Also, why not invite some friends to join you on a mission trip? You can host your own small group trip using the workbook, volunteer to be the host of your church’s mission trip, or invite some friends to join you on our upcoming trip. Again, every effort matters.

Thank you so much! Have a wonderful new year. We’re excited to hear how your life impacts eternity. Please keep us posted.

Featured photo by Alexas_Fotos on Unsplash; In- text photo by Akira Hojo on Unsplash

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