President's Letter

 

April 2017

 

Dear Firefighter For Christ,

 

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he was given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade-kept in heaven for you who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:3-5

 

For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are GOD. I will praise you, LORD my GOD, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. Psalm. 86:10,12

 

Valentine’s Day and Easter are only a few weeks apart, but they bring me tremendous memories that are so far apart in terms of emotion for me. On

Valentine’s Day I received the most tragic news I could ever imagine; I would soon lose my bride, Jane. It is reassuring to know Jane and my inheritance in heaven is protected by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this we can greatly

rejoice.

 

I just reread a letter written by Jane just 11 days before she went to be with Jesus. In it I see hope and peace woven back and forth throughout her

words. Many of you have read it before, but I will reprint it now.

 

Dearest Prayer Partners,

 

Some of you have been close friends for over forty years and, since that

time, the Lord has faithfully brought more and more of you into the ministry

of Firefighters For Christ. We are truly blessed to have each of you as our

brothers and sisters in Jesus.

 

Now it is time to share with you the news we received on Valentine’s Day

when I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. We were told it has spread

from a large mass on my pancreas to my liver and lungs. My orthopedic

doctor called on Monday and reported it had also spread to my spine in L1.

The ER doctor on Sunday said I could have only a few weeks to live, but I

also know nothing is too difficult for the Lord. He can heal me completely.

“My times are in His loving hands.” (Psalm 31:15) As the doctor was gently

sharing the radiologist’s report, the Lord’s perfect peace, joy, love, and

hope immediately became my reality. I would love if John, our children, my

sister, family members and close friends would not have to experience the

pain of my prognosis, but our faithful Lord will in His time heal each broken

heart.

 

My prayer for all of you is Romans 15:13. “I pray that God, the source of

hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him.

Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy

Spirit.”

 

Please pray the Lord pours out His Spirit on our descendants and His

blessing on our children (Isaiah 44:3b). My only desire is for all people to

experience the love of Jesus so they can be made complete with all the

fullness of life and power that comes from God (Ephesians 3:19). It’s the

most glorious life imaginable, and I get to praise God, my Father, and my

Savior, Jesus Christ for all eternity!

 

Thank you for your love and prayers,

Jane White

 

During the 3 weeks and 5 days I had her after Valentine’s Day, she wrote a number of other notes. Much of the content was how she was praying for

many of you.

 

Times of heartbreak can come to each of us so let’s keep our thoughts and our eyes fixed on Jesus. Let’s walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,

pleasing Him in every way that we might bare fruit in every good work. Remember it is He that qualifies us as God’s holy people.

 

Your brother in Jesus,

John