By guest writer Rich Cundall, InFaith Board of Trustees, taken from his talk given at our 200th Anniversary Celebration on April 28, 2017
In Romans 1:16, Paul declares, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The word for “power” is the Greek word “dunamis”. It is where we get our English word “dynamite.” The gospel is the dynamite to radically change lives from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light!
As a mission, throughout our 200 years of ministry, we’ve embraced the truth that the power of the gospel is for everyone — for poor and rich, for males and females, for adults, teens, children and the aged. It is for Anglo-Saxons, Latinos, Chinese, Blacks and whites, for the educated and non-educated, for both the valued and the disenfranchised. We have demonstrated through our ministry that the gospel is for immigrants, Native Americans and refuges; for inmates and free; for upstanding citizens, gang members, drug addicts and the mentally ill; and for Muslims, Buddhists, and atheists.
The effectiveness of InFaith has never been with the cleverness of its people, the creativeness of its programs, the courage of its leadership, or the contribution of its donors — but in the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The dynamite of the gospel to change lives for eternity.
Our missionaries have not served seeking fame, or fortune. We’ve embraced the heart of God that no community is too small, and no people group too insignificant. Along the way, our mission family has risked everything to share the simple message of Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and salvation.
I am so humbled by the faithfulness, fervor, and fortitude of those who have gone before us. They have given their time, treasure, and talents to God’s purpose. What a privilege to be a part of such a rich history!