President’s Letter: A Season of Faithful Fruitfulness

God’s great kindness to us compels us to be both fruitful and faithful.

From Message magazine issue "Ukraine Through Missionary Eyes"

As a pastor, I usually know what to say—a Scripture, an encouragement, a bit of advice. Ministry does that to you.

Yet when people ask how things are going at ABWE, I’m speechless—because I don’t know how to describe the Lord’s unbelievable kindness.

Our mission family is continually growing. Our missionaries are reaching new people groups. Our supporters are being radically and sacrificially generous during economically challenging times. And I haven’t even mentioned the stories of salvation from around the world.

Of course, missionaries still face challenges—hostile governments, illness, and even a child’s death. Yet God’s faithfulness has been simply indescribable.

Our goal right now, in this season of blessing, is to be both fruitful and faithful. We don’t want to take God’s blessing for granted. Instead, we’re using what God has given us—like the tree of Psalm 1, with roots deep enough to draw water even during drought.

We don’t know the future, but we know God’s plans are good (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28).

As you explore this issue of Message, marvel with me at these stories of fruitful faithfulness, and join us in planting our roots deep in Christ. Time is short, and eternity matters.

Paul L. Davis

Paul Davis is president of ABWE. Prior to his appointment in 2017, Paul served as senior pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Holland, MI. He attended Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a master’s degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Paul and his wife, Martha, have been married for 28 years, and have both served in numerous roles in Christian ministry and education. They have four adult children. Follow Paul on Facebook.