What is the purpose of leaving the ministry in Argentina, traveling thousands of miles to dozens of churches? Well, the number one reason would be to express our gratitude to our supporting churches and tell of the fruit that abounds to their account (Phil. 4:17b) because of their giving to missions.
The second reason is to educate and encourage believers regarding missions. Lord willing, the Lord will use our first-hand testimony from the mission field to speak to someone’s heart about going to the field himself.
The words of this hymn, For the Sake of His Name, embody the message we want to share with the churches we visit:
FOR THE SAKE OF HIS NAME (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)
Go to the world for the sake of His name;
To every nation His glory proclaim.
Pray that the Spirit wise
Will open darkened eyes,
Granting new life to display Jesus’ fame.
In Jesus’ power, preach Christ to the lost;
For Jesus’ glory, count all else but loss.
Gather from every place
Trophies of sov’reign grace.
Lest life be wasted, exalt Jesus’ cross.
Love the unloved for the sake of His name;
Like Christ, befriend those whose heads hang in shame.
Jesus did not condemn,
But was condemned for them.
Trust gospel pow’r, for we once were the same.
Rescue the lost for the sake of His name;
As Christ commands, snatch them out of the flame.
Tell that when Jesus died
God’s wrath was satisfied.
Urge them to flee to the Lamb who was slain.
Look to the Throne for the sake of His name;
Think of the throng who will share in His reign.
Some for whose souls we pray
Will share our joy that day,
Joining our song for the sake of His name!
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