|The FISHERS 50th Anniversary|
From a Fishers Reader in France
I come from a non-Christian family and so learning about God has come mainly from the Bible, the church, friends and Christian literature. Daily devotional studies are helpful, but what I find most beneficial is literature that exalts God and teaches the Gospel, that otherwise would have been difficult to understand by just reading the Bible.
My husband is French and was worshipping at The ‘Fisherman of Christ’ Fellowship (FCF) when he lived in Singapore. Twenty three years ago, one of the best things that came with my husband when I married him was a Fishers magazine published by FCF. And in the years following, up to now, I have read every single Fishers that was published. They were especially precious when we moved to France in 2003. It was and still is, difficult to find Christian fellowship in and around our little village in the countryside of southwest France. Reading the Fishers magazine is like having Christian brothers and sisters seated with me on the sofa, teaching and encouraging me.
Whenever I receive a copy of Fishers in the post, the first pages I turn to are the personal testimonies of church members. I read these eagerly, hungrily, and they never fail to astound me of how God is good and gracious in the lives of other people. In the older publications of Fishers, there were excerpts of letters from readers and I loved reading how Fishers was passed-on-and-on far and wide to bless people in other countries. There were also hand-drawn illustrations in older publications that I would take time to admire or show my children.
When I have more time, I then sit down to read the articles that teach and exhort Christian living. These articles are long and may need a lot of patience and concentration to get through, but they are always straightforward – no mincing of words -- whether they are teaching, rebuking or encouraging. I reflect and ruminate on them long after they have been read.
Once in awhile, to remind myself, I read through the last page of Fishers - of what FCF believes and what the mission of the Fishers magazine is. Each copy of Fishers is a result of faith, a labour of love, and a desire to bless. Throughout the years, I have contributed a few stories to Fishers. And as I continue to write, I appreciate that writing is a discipline and tool that many of us can use to bless others. We take time and effort to organize our thoughts into succinct words that others can understand and be blessed. We pen our thoughts in truthful but creative ways to present the Gospel of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and to promote spiritual growth.
Where would we be if Paul had not written so bounteously to the Romans, Corinthians, Colossians and Thessalonians; to his friends Timothy and Philemon? What lessons would we have missed if Peter, John and Jude had not written letters to their fellow-believers in Christ?
Other than the main writers and editors of Fishers, I beseech you, as believers, to use this tool to tell others how you came to know God's love and salvation; how He has blessed you and taught you precious lessons through His Word, "For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart" (Heb 4:12).
And so, from across the world, in France, I end this letter the way Paul so aptly did. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you; my love is with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.