On UCB 1 and UCB 2 last week, it was our National Appeal and if you were involved in some way, I want to thank you for your support.
The theme of the appeal, ‘Bring 4:35 alive’ was based on John 4:35 where Jesus says to the disciples; ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’
I have been thinking about and studying this verse for a long time and I get so much from it. It reminds us to stop looking around at the problems we face and all the uncertainties in the world. It tells us instead to ‘look up…to be ready…to reap the harvest.’ The time is now, people are ready to hear the incredible life-changing message of Jesus. And at UCB, we believe that Christian media can be an important part of reaching people, and that by working together, we can reach the UK with the Gospel in an unprecented way.
The appeal last week was remarkable and as I walked around UCB, overhearing conversations on phone lines or between staff members, I could feel faith rising in all of our hearts. There was an air of excitement and expectancy and as we exceeded our original target on day 2 of the appeal, we were overwhelmed at God’s goodness and provision. By the end of the appeal, thanks to your support, more than £220,000 was raised to help UCB’s mission and ministry.
As we closed the phone lines on Friday night, our hearts were full of joy, not just due to the funds that were raised, but because of the feeling that God had heard our prayers and had opened the windows of heaven.
So, if you were part of UCB’s appeal, in giving, or in prayer, thank you. We still have a long way to go, but these 3 days reminded us that we have a God who hears us when we pray. We do not always get our breakthrough immediately, but when we begin to see God move in our circumstances, it is unmistakeable.
Can I encourage you, if you are waiting for a breakthrough in your own circumstances, keep praying, keep believing, keep holding on to God’s Word. We serve a God who hears us when we pray.
Thank you again for all your support.
p.s If you would like to support UCB’s appeal, you can still do so at www.ucb.co.uk/support