One of the particular gospel partners who has encouraged me is a young, intelligent, student of the Bible named Peter Rennie.
When I was pastoring in Glasgow, Scotland I would occasionally see Peter in the congregation on a Sunday evening sitting next to our talented young piano player (and not by accident as it would later turn out).
There he would sit with an open bible on his lap and a focused expression on his face. Somehow he seemed to be scrutinizing everything that I said from the pulpit - and I liked that! People ought to use their Bibles to scrutinize the claims of preachers.
"...gospel work is global work. We are not alone..."
As a matter of fact, I liked Peter so much that I actually had plans to bring him on staff at my church as a ministry partner while he finished up his theological training. Though providentially this never came to pass the prospect did give me multiple occasions to get to know Peter better and to be inspired by his zeal for the gospel.
Then time did its work. Peter and that piano player got married (I sat in a small rural church in Northern Ireland and witnessed the nuptials with my own eyes.) They started a new life together. About that same time I was called to a church 3,500 miles away from Scotland and along with my wife and children left the UK. We settled down into our new routine together... and as often happens Peter and I more or less lost touch... And then today I was sent a link to the website of Living Hope Church - a new church plant in Inverness, pastored by Peter Rennie. This news has come as a great encouragement and it has reminded me once again that gospel work is global work. The same Lord who has guided us in the planting of All Souls Church in a little place called Green Camp, Ohio has guided Peter and Anne in the planting of Living Hope Church in a big place called Inverness, Scotland.
What a great God we serve!
To Peter, Anne, and the flock of Living Hope Church; we thank God for you! We will pray for the success of your work. We will pray that under your ministry the saints will be perfected even as the lost will be saved. We will pray that the hand you have laid to the plow will remain on the plow....
And we will do all of this with the firm conviction that we, here in this corner of the world, are greatly blessed to be your partners in the gospel.