Greetings to you in the name of our precious Saviour Jesus Christ. We trust you each enjoyed a blessed and productive summer. With the school season starting, I’m reminded of the verse in II Timothy 2:15, where the Bible admonishes us to continue our learning when it says, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Just as we should desire to continue to study and gain wisdom, we should also strive to continue our evangelistic efforts, seeking to reach the uttermost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As is stated in Matthew 9:37-38, “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Often it is easy to focus on the negatives. We can be tempted to magnify the fact that fewer people are now attending church, fewer churches are being started, and fewer missionaries are being sent out. Although some of these statements are factually true, I believe we should realize that our generation, more than any other generation before, has been given the resources to reach the world like never before.
I think of my friend Eddie Wilson at Christian Media International. CMI is reaching millions through the technology we have at our fingertips. We, too, have been blessed with a unique ministry for our time. Aviation Centered Evangelism uses aviation to reach into difficult and otherwise unreachable areas of world, both encouraging and equipping. It is so important that the entire world get to experience the love of Christ and His amazing grace. “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” (I Timothy 2:4) Yes, we live in challenging times; but now, more than ever, we have been given resources that previous Christian generations could only imagine and dream of.
Thank you for investing and praying for the efforts of ACE Mission Aviators. Laura and I feel very blessed to play a small role in helping the love of Christ reach to every corner of our world. I’m often reminded of the encouraging admonishment found in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Despite difficulties, we sure appreciate everyone’s sacrificial giving and faithful prayers.
In closing, I would like to share two huge blessings. First, Brother Nathan Smoot, whom I was training and who was in the airplane crash in January with us, has completed his flight training and now has a new airplane. Please pray for him as he ministers through mission aviation in remote parts of Alaska. I am praying to be able to go up and assist him soon. Please pray that the details of this coming trip will come together. Second, the church where my dad was pastor has a possible candidate, so we are praying for God’s will to be done in these situations.
We look forward to all that God is allowing us to do and look forward to what the future holds. Thank you for your kindness and your faithfulness to the cause of Christ.
Your servants in Christ,
Mark and Laura Siegwart