My Dear Friends:
The month of May, let’s face it, centers on Mother’s Day. In the past we have marked that day also as the anniversary of this ministry, and did so every year. Instead I have observed only the milestones, and this year is one. This will be our 80th year of broadcasting. That’s right, this mother’s Day is our 80th year of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ on the radio.
In 1942 my Grandfather stepped to the microphone with great faith, for the world was then engulfed in a worldwide conflict. He did it from the platform of the then Downtown Tabernacle in Portland, on a handful of radio stations in the Northwest. That church would in time be enlarged and renamed the Wings of Healing Temple with the radio ministry covering the entire nation. The Bethesda Bible School would open in 1946, where thousand were trained for the mission field, as pastors, or other Christian work. He would travel the nation, and the world holding large campaigns, seeing many healings, multitudes brought into the Kingdom, and scores of churches established. So too would Evelyn Wyatt, who took the helm of this ministry when her husband was called home.
This ministry continues much the same; an international radio broadcast, worldwide outreaches, establishing churches in various nations, training young people, and caring for poverty stricken or abandoned children. This is all because of good people like you! And we will continue, perhaps for another eighty years, or as long as God remains “forbearing toward us, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet.3:9).
This is the point, isn’t it? We are to do all we can for the Kingdom of God until He returns (2 Th.1:5). We are to keep our lamps lit, having enough oil, knowing that the Bridegroom is delayed (Mt.25:1-13). We are to do our best with what we have been given seeing it increase “till He comes” (Lk. 11:11-27). The Kingdom like a mustard seed is to become a tree (Mt. 13:32). The stone will become a mountain filling the earth and breaking in pieces all the other kingdoms (Dan.2:44-45; see 1 Cor.15:24). So we must be faithful, courageous, patient, and trusting in He who has made all this possible, for our Lord’s will be “forbearing…not wishing that any should perish.”
So we continue the race! We will use to the fullest whatever our Lord places in our hands. We will enable others, open new fields, partner with those of the same heart and mind wherever they may be, that we might obtain our crown. For is this not what He wants us to do? Paul’s words could be ours “…To be with Christ, would be far better. However, to remain in the flesh may be more necessary on your part” (Phil.1:23-24Gk). We wish to hear that “cry of command, with the archangel’s call…so as to be caught up together with them in the clouds…and so always be with the Lord” (1 Th.4:16-17). Why not! Oh, to be rid of the distress, confusion, all the canceling on social media, the banning from Twitter for not having the accepted views of the moment, even the suspension of websites (as ours was). Indeed “the mystery of lawlessness is already at work” (2 Th.2:7). One could wish to just go to the beach with your grandchildren (I may try to do that anyway). It would be easier to “hide,” and trust our Lord to come real soon. We may be witnessing the “apostasy,” the “rebellion,” but still “that day (the parousia of our Lord) will not come…(until) the man of lawlessness is revealed…” (2 Th.2:3-4).
Paul will share more, but my purpose here is that God still has things for us to do. The lawless one has not appeared. So we have time, time for more to hear the good news, or “perish.” More need to be strengthen, for what is to come. Christians still face far more than we do; in China, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the list could go on, but you get the point. We are blessed so that we can do more, for we proclaim what is the last best hope of earth, in fact the only hope, Jesus Christ.
Oh that we all may hear, “well done good and faithful servant…”(Mt.25:21)
Thomas Randolf Wyatt