This week end Whitfield Baptist Church will be celebrating their 30th anniversary. I wrote the following letter to be sent to the Cofields. I wanted you to know how much I love them and appreciate them in all that they do and have done!
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Dear Brother Wayne and Mrs. Connie,
Betty and I want to take this opportunity to thank you and to congratulate you for all the hard work that you have done in the Lordâ€™s ministry over all these years. God has greatly used you. You have seen thousands of people saved. You have seen thousands of dollars go out to world evangelism. You have been used to impact and make a difference in many lives.
I want you to know that we count it an honor to have you as friends. You are and have been a great blessing to us. Many years have come and gone but you both have always been super faithful to the Lrod Jesus Christ and His Word.
I donâ€™t think you can even guess at the impact that your ministry has had around the world. Think of the work on all the mission fields. Think of all the men and women that have gone on into the ministry. Think of the lives that were impacted by the ones that you have impacted. I think we can truly say that it has been a wonderful life and ministry that God has given you.
God gave you four wonderful children that are faithfully serving God today. That is a tribute to any family, I believe.
I count it a real privilege to have been a member of Whitfield for all those years. I also count it a privilege that Vision could be started as a ministry out of Whitfield just like Hunter was. You are a blessing and we love you.
I thank God for the first thirty years that He has given you at Whitfield but I now pray that He will richly bless you in the next 10 or 20 and make them your most fruitful years ever. Keep up the good work! Be encouraged in the Lord tonight! The best is yet to come
Your friends and family in the Lord Jesus,
Austin and Betty