Looking through my journal the other day I read something that happened on a mission to Kenya in 1993 with Missionary Herb Cady. My assignment was to teach pastors and each teaching session lasted four hours. After one session my interpreter said the pastors were asking for me to go longer! That is a request never heard in the USA! The Kenya pastors came to the meeting on bicycles or by foot and did not receive any money and they had no church building. I have often thought that in Heaven these godly men will be sitting on the front row! By the way, some godly women in Hill Baptist Church here in West Carroll Parrish (LA) heard of their need and raised money and bought bicycles for these pastors.
At the time I read all this I was a bit down because of a few very minor things that had happened! As I began to think of these pastors, I realized that really I know nothing about sacrifice or suffering compared with many believers though out the world. I feel that you will concur with me that we are blessed and fortunate above all people on planet earth. May we never take it all for granted! May we be able to say with Job in Job 10:12, “Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. (KJV)
Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here