Philip Bryan [philip.bryan@scfs.org]

portsmouth1.jpgFor over forty years SCFS has been represented in Portsmouth Harbour by a succession of Missioners. Some of these are in retirement and some have been called home to be with the Lord.

My thoughts recently have been drawn to those Scriptures which speak of an "open door" and in particular to Paul's second letter to the Corinthians. In chapter two Paul writes of a door that the Lord had opened for him at Troas, he records his disappointment at not finding brother Titus there and moves on to Macedonia.

Paul experienced many detours and disappointments, but he was sure that God was in control, he speaks of being led captive in Christ's triumphal procession. Paul then makes the amazing statement that God uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Christ everywhere. He states that we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and to those who are perishing.

"Who is equal to such a task" asks Paul, and then thankfully gives the answer in the next chapter, "Our confidence comes from God"

We are so grateful that God has opened a door for us in Portsmouth, we thank God for those who have gone before us, for the fragrance they left following their departure. I thank God for the companions sharing in the work today, we do suffer disappointments but like Paul we are sure that God is in control and that He is working everything together for good so long as we love Him and seek to obey His will.

We really do value the prayers of those who support our work in both prayer and practicalities. Our desire is that we too, may leave something of the fragrance of Christ as we visit the ships each week.

Phil Bryan and John Budd (SCFS Portsmouth)

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