Moscow Good News Church Building UpdateMay 19, 2014
I could hardly wait to sit down to write you this letter and give you an update on the status of the new church building in Moscow. The auditorium is 80 percent finished! Now we’re focusing on entryways, foyers, electricity, and sewage systems. Of course, all these elements must be working BEFORE we can occupy the building. You’ve been so faithful to pray for us and to help us do this work, so we wanted to show you where we are in the process. To God be the glory!
I’m asking you to please continue praying with Denise and me as we push forward toward the completion of this monumental project. This is the largest step of faith God has ever asked me to lead. That’s why I am so thankful for your prayers and gifts to help us. We have literally felt encapsulated in peace at times during this journey when natural circumstances dictated that we should not be in peace! We know it’s the fervent, heartfelt prayers of those who love us and love the ministry that have sustained us so far. We feel the effect of your praying — THANK YOU! God is not about to bring us this far without enabling us to finish the work. This assignment has been both a challenge and a joy — and we are truly excited. Our best days are ahead, and your best days are ahead of you too!
Time has been very important throughout this process, especially right now, and we simply must stay on schedule. We continue to pray for peace on the world stage for the sake of Christ and His ongoing charge to the Church to preach the Gospel to all nations. We invite you to join us in agreement with this prayer — I know you’ve already been praying.
In addition to your prayers, Denise and I are asking you to help us conclude what we have started by God’s direction and design. Naturally, our hearts are fixed on the Lord, and we’re trusting Him to provide every cent we need. But we’re letting you know that we would be so thankful for any gift you could sow right now to help us. Every gift you give will help us move steadily toward completion — and when we’re finally done, that building will stand as the “home” for believers for generations to come. This is the year it will happen!
As we have stayed steady and on track with this project, I have often meditated on Galatians 6:9, which says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” In recent months, I’ve shared with you nuggets of truth from this verse, but those truths bear repeating in all of our lives, especially as the day of our individual harvests approaches!
The word “weary” in Galatians 6:9 is a word that actually depicts a person who is tempted to throw in the towel and quit. In this verse, God commands you and me not to surrender to any temptation to give up. He promises that in “due season,” a harvest will be reaped if we won’t quit — the manifestation of what each of us is believing for will come.
Notice that God says the manifestation comes in “due season.” This tells us each seed has its own set season — a specific, individual time when the seed will produce its harvest. Even if multiple seeds of various kinds are planted at one time, each has its own season to be reaped, depending on the seed. One seed produces in a set season, and another seeds is reaped in a different season. But no matter what season our seed is to be reaped, God promises that if we are consistent — if we steadfastly keep sowing our seed into the ground and refuse to let weariness take us down — a time will come when “we shall reap.”
The words “we shall reap” describe a future, fixed event. So if a seed has been sown, a harvest is guaranteed to happen IF we stay on course. This is why Paul continues, saying, “…If we faint not.”
The word “faint” is a Greek word that pictures a person who has become so weary that he gives up and forfeits what he’d been waiting so long for and what he was so close to reaping. Pressures applied against such a person caused him to become tired and weary, and as a result, his grip slackened, and the thing he’d held on to and hoped for slipped from his hands. The result was loss. In the case of Galatians 6:9, he lost a harvest.
The most common thing that causes one to loosen his grip is weariness. That’s why Paul urges us not to throw in the towel in times of spiritual, physical, or mental exhaustion. It’s exciting to plant seeds of faith, and it’s really exciting when harvest comes. But in order to reach that point of reaping, you must hold tight to what God has told you and remember that your seed has a set season when it will produce if you won’t disrupt the process.
We have many friends and partners who consistently sow their finances or acts of faith for things they’re believing to happen in their lives. Often they’re tempted to quit believing because they get tired. Maybe you have felt this very same temptation. But God promises YOU in Galatians 6:9 that if you will remain steadfast, the time of waiting will eventually produce a harvest — the manifestation of what you’ve been waiting for and believing to happen.
We’re all believing for something and sowing seeds toward it. I don’t know what you’re trusting God for in this season of your life. Perhaps no one knows but you because you’ve kept it between you and the Lord. Maybe it’s a financial harvest, a breakthrough in a relationship, or a healing or restoration in some area. Maybe this harvest is taking longer than you’d anticipated or expected. But I want to reassure you that God’s Word and His promises are absolutely true — and if you will just REFUSE TO GIVE UP AND QUIT, it’s only a matter of time until your long-awaited blessing arrives. So I want to encourage you to remain steadfast and keep thanking God for the harvest He has in store just for you!
Thank you for taking time to read this letter. I wanted to encourage you in your own faith and to tell you about the progress that’s being made on our ministry headquarters. I also wanted to personally ask you to keep praying for us and to please consider sowing a financial gift to help us reach the conclusion of our building project in Moscow. Finally, I wanted to remind you so you’ll never forget it: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9)!
And please…tell us how we can be standing in faith for YOU and how we can pray for YOU right now. I promise you that we will pray with you, believe with you, and we will wait with you for your own promised harvest to come. If you are sowing by faith into the realm of the miraculous, then the miraculous is going to come back to you. It’s just a matter of when it will happen! So please tell us what you’re believing for so we can believe with you!
Thank you again for your time and your willingness to hear my heart today. I pray you find blessing, strength, and encouragement from the teaching.
We truly love you and thank God for you!
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Jesus Christ,
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families
P. S. I recently narrated a video of the construction progress on the Moscow church. The views of the auditorium are amazing and breathtaking! I think you’ll be blessed to see the progress that’s being made on this brand-new, permanent ministry headquarters and church home in Russia’s capital city. To view the photo gallery, click here.