It’s been over a year now since Wati and I made the decision to resign from a secure and comfortable conference position in Central California Conference. Turning down a monthly paycheck with health insurance to step out in faith and launch a non-profit, faith-based, world-wide evangelistic ministry, was not an easy decision to make. However, as we look back over the past year, choosing to do full- time, self-supporting ministry has proven to be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Last year the Lord took us to 13 different countries and multiple states in the U.S. We were blessed to see over 100 people make decision for baptism including some of our own family members. Churches have been revived, marriages have been restored, young people have been set on fire, the kingdom has been enlarged, and God has been glorified. We are so humbled and privileged to be able to do this work full time with no geographical boundaries. We are eternally grateful for all those who have prayed, encouraged, and supported us along the way!
One of my favorite quotations from Ellen White is found in The Desire of Ages. It reads,
“All who would bring forth fruit as workers together with Christ must first fall into the ground and die. The life must be cast into the furrow of the world’s need. Self-love, self-interest, must perish. And the law of self-sacrifice is the law of self-preservation. The husbandman preserves his grain by casting it away. So in human life. To give is to live. The life that will be preserved is the life that is freely given in service to God and man. Those who for Christ’s sake sacrifice their life in this world will keep it unto life eternal.” -The Desire of Ages p.623
The work of God requires self-denial and self-sacrifice. It requires a willingness to get out of the comfort zone; a willingness to endure short nights and long afternoons, and sleeping on floors in spare rooms; a willingness to endure wearisome travels, the misunderstanding of loved ones, the pain of rejection, and the constant assaults of Satan. But the above quote is a precious promise from God, assuring us that though things may not be easy and comfortable, our work is not in vain and our time is not a waste. Just like the famous missionary martyr Jim Elliot said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.” From an earthly perspective, a life of missionary service is a waste, but from an eternal perspective, a life of missionary service is the best way to live —for to give is to live! Jesus said, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it” (Mat.16:25). These powerful words were spoken by One who was the total embodiment of self sacrificing love; One who gave all for the uplifting, blessing, and salvation of others at eternal cost to Himself. God did not withhold anything for our salvation, not even His beloved Son. Heaven was emptied so that earth could be filled. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2Cor.8:9).
And now the Lord calls us, the recipients of so great a salvation, to go out and become participants in His mission of love; to give all that we have and all that we are; to spend and be spent for the blessing of others. We can never pay God back for what He has done for us in Christ. But surely we can pay it forward by being all that we can be and doing all that we can do to save lost humanity. Our all may be small in comparison to others. But just like the widow’s mite, God does not count the amount, He only looks to see if we have truly given all.
In our travels throughout the world, especially in this past year, we are more convicted that the real need of humanity is the Revelation of Jesus Christ —to see God for who He really is; to know Him in all His self-sacrificing beauty; to understand that He is our Sanctuary of rest in a world that seems to be falling apart. The fiery ambition that God has placed on our hearts is simple —to know Him and to make Him known. For this purpose, in 2017 we have laid before the Lord various projects that we feel will enable us to maximize the little time we have left to finish the work. These projects are calculated to make the biggest impact we can make in the world according to the gifts, abilities, and opportunities He has given us. The Lord is teaching us to have God-sized plans, to aim for goals that only He can reach, and to take on projects that only He can accomplish.
Ellen White writes,
“The Lord is disappointed when His people place a low estimate upon themselves. He desires His chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them. God wanted them, else He would not have sent His Son on such an expensive errand to redeem them. He has a use for them, and He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises.” – The Desire of Ages p.668
“All the resources of heaven are at the command of those who are seeking to save the lost.” – Christ Object Lessons p.197
God has shown Himself faithful time and again. We are praying that He will expand our faith, enlarge our territory, and make us safe for Him to bless. We are asking God to fulfill His promises by providing the resources that we might be able to make a larger impact upon the world for Him.
Each week we receive multiple invitations to do meetings all over the world. Unfortunately, we have to turn down many of these invitations. There is so much to do, and so little time to do it. Currently we are on the road approximately 9 months out of the year. We realize that in order to meet the need and still live a balanced life, we need to find ways to multiply the message in order to increase effectiveness and maintain a sustainable evangelistic ministry and marriage.
And so, the following pages list various projects that the Lord has placed on our hearts that we feel will meet this goal. Most of these projects will utilize various media outlets to multiply the message. We are soliciting your prayers and your partnership to help bring these projects to life. We humbly ask you to please prayerfully consider what you might be able to sacrificially give to one or more of these projects.
We also encourage you to let God take you out of your comfort zone. We implore you to receive heaven’s vision and make God-sized plans. We challenge you to cast yourself in the the furrow of the world’s need. Make yourself available to God so that He can make Himself able in your behalf. Give more of your time, sacrifice more of your resources, and surrender the totality of yourself to Him, who gave all of heaven for you! God doesn’t call us to pay anything back to Him. Only to pay it forward to others. And when we give, it is then that we begin to live!
Mahalo and Maranatha,
Taj and Wati Pacleb
Speaker/Co-Directors of Revelation of Hope Ministries