David Livingstone: “With you!”

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Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

“God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.”

David Livingstone (1813-1873), Scottish Missionary to Africa as cited in Introduction to Evangelism by Fred Lawrence (Nashville: B & H Publishing, 1998) 103.

Just like friends have a secret handshake or private societies have a password, I have developed a saying with my board and team members of Global Trust Partners. It’s this: “With you! It comes from Rugby.

When a player is running down the field, mates run behind him and yell “with you” so when the opposition is about to tackle him, he knows someone is behind him. He can toss the ball back to him and block.

As the African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far go together.” By running together we can go farther. My GTP team runs together with the aim of serving the entire planet.

Why tell you all that, and what does it have to do with generosity?

My board members email me wherever I am on the planet and say, “With you!” God times it perfectly so it generously blesses me at the right moment. This week another person has said, “With you!”

Ereny Monir of Alexandria, Egypt, has agreed to run with me. She brings rich experience and seasoned training skills to GTP. She has agreed to serve as VP for Training and Empowerment starting in July.

I shot this header photo in Alexandria, Egypt, back in December 2018. It reminds me of Ereny as her name means “peace” in Greek. The harbor was so peaceful the day the day we visited there.

With this appointment, I reminded her that she has signed on for the greatest challenge and adventure of her life, that God will sustain her. He will be with her everywhere she goes. What a generous God we serve!

Listen and you too will hear our generous God shout “with you” wherever you go!