583 More

happy-birthday-1275340_960_720 One year ago my wife and I started ReignDrops.org in the most modest way. We simply penned “583 Words” and posted them on the Internet. We wanted to share the Gospel with the world and this was our starting point. Only 66 people read that first post in the week we published it, and we were thrilled for each and every one of them.  It was all downhill from there. Over the next 4 or 5 months it seemed we were to be lucky to get anyone to read our blog.

And then a strange thing began to happen. Readership started to increase. Slowly. But a trend is a trend and the data was pointing upwards. And as we reviewed the statistics something else caught our attention: we were being read in other countries. I can honestly say we did not anticipate that. We were slowly becoming an international ministry!

Today, one year from our starting point, we can hardly claim astronomical readership numbers, but it none-the-less seems clear God is using our words in big ways. We have been read in 72 countries around the world; our global reach has touched Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand and more. We have our own business cards and t-shirts. We have been movie & TV critics, news reporters, Christian apologists, historians, and fictional writers. All in the hopes of sharing God’s truth.

So now with our first year behind us, we start turning our attention to the future. Donna and I pray nightly and our prayers regularly seek God’s guidance and direction for our fledgling little ministry. We publish our writing in the hopes of spreading the knowledge of the Lord to all who care to read. And we pray that those who read us will share the news within their spheres of influence.

In Matthew 28: 18-20, Jesus gave his disciples these words, that have come to be known as the Great Commission: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These words and this mission are as meaningful today for Donna and I, and all Christians everywhere, as they were to the original disciples. It is on this basis that we started our blog, and it is on this basis that we pen these words. Especially in these trying times where we see controversy seemingly around every corner and the horror of terrorism strikes ever closer to home.

Indeed, it seems wherever we turn these days, there are hurting people who need Jesus. And Jesus instructed us in Matthew 11:28: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

So in these troublesome times, it is the mission of Reign Drops to bring hope to the world by speaking the truth about Jesus Christ. And these, on our one-year anniversary, are our 583 more words for 2016. May God bless you!

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