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Hebrews 11:1, 8

“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen…By faith Abraham, when he was called obeyed and went out to a place he was going to receive an an inheritance; he went out not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”

Have you ever had to be somewhere early in the morning and needed to wake up before everyone else in the house?  Some of you do this regularly, I know.  Others of you are the lucky ones who get to sleep in. But I bet that all of you, at one time or another, have experienced the dilemma of early rising.

You know the problem.  It’s dark.   You need to get up, get dressed, and ready before leaving the house. You only have a short amount of time to do this. Everyone else is fast asleep.  You quietly stumble around in the dark, willing your eyes to wake up and your limbs to move.  You find the bathroom, just where you left it several hours ago.  You cross the bedroom, into drawers and through closet doors, trying not to make a sound, trying to tell the difference between black socks and navy ones.  Is that my white shirt or my cream one? Are these the pants that fit me or the ones with the stain on them?  Are these the right shoes?

In a semi-perilous yet somewhat heroic exercise of faith, most of us do manage to put ourselves together and not wake anyone else up in the process. Despite our sleepiness and the lack of light in our morning, most of the time we leave the house wearing something presentable, and our socks match too.

For a few of us, the bigger step of faith comes when we step out the front door.  We step into a place of insecurity, a place of doubt, or a place of trouble.  Maybe we are going to a job where, despite our best efforts, we wonder if we are doing anything of value at all.  Maybe we are stepping into a new season of life where past relationships are no longer what they used to be and new relationships have not yet materialized.  Maybe we are stepping alone, without someone we love, and our steps are unfamiliar due to loneliness or grief.

Those who endeavor to walk by faith and not by sight always face the dilemma of early rising.  “Early Risers” are courageous ones. They are awake and walking before the object of their hope has come.  The sun is not up yet but they believe in it’s return.  While others are asleep, “Early Risers,” motivated by hope, choose to see what is not yet there.  They believe in the promise of freedom, healing, calling, and purpose. The challenge of faith is to take steps motivated by hope, again and again, one foot in front of the other, until the day, the hour, the moment comes, when that which is hoped for appears. “Early Risers” know the promises God and confidently pursue them while others are still sleeping.  They are not deterred by the circumstances of life or the disappointment or discouragement that always finds a way to challenge them.  It would be easier to go back to sleep.  But “Early Risers” will not do that.  They will remember the promises of God.  After all, He is an early riser too.

The Fletchers (that us) will be “Early Risers.” It’s who we are! Will you be an Early Riser too?  We know that God is building a global missionary movement that will carry an opportunity for a billion or more people to answer the invitation of Christ.  (No Joke- a Billion- with a “B”!) We know that we are called to empower and equip leaders in Ecuador who will help communicate the invitation of Christ.  If you have not already done so, please ask the Holy Spirit if you are to join us in prayer as well as missionary partnership with a monthly faith promise. We cannot go to Ecuador without your faith promises!  We dare not go without your prayers!

What is a Faith Promise?  Glad you asked!

Just as a missionary is called to the mission field so also are those who partner with them through regular prayers and gifts.  A Faith Promise is the amount of money a ministry partner promises to give to a ministry out of obedience to the leading of Holy Spirit.  It is an amount of money missionaries can count on each month from a specific ministry partner.  Missionaries like us cannot step onto the mission field of their calling without the faith promises of God’s people  who partner to send them. Missionaries cannot go without being sent!

Go to www.onemissionsociet.org/give/thefletchers to partner with us!