Last week at IMM, we honored our ministry’s founder, David Lee. Back in 1981, David and his wife Jimmie Ruth stepped out in faith with a vision to assist missionaries and nationals using media.
But last week wasn’t just about our current team honoring them, but about their friends doing the same. One of David’s lifelong friends spent the last couple of years asking other friends to honor him too. Quite a few gave in the Lees’ name to refurbish our apartments in the facility.
A verse in Proverbs chapter four talks about honor.
If you prize wisdom, she will make you great.
Embrace her, and she will honor you.
Proverbs 4:8 (NLT)
As with a huge majority of the proverbs, we see a conditional statement. If you do something, another thing will happen. Here, if you embrace wisdom, you will receive honor.
He doesn’t remember it, but David Lee once offered my wife Rachel and me some wisdom. As missionary candidates back in 2011, David encouraged us to set some great boundaries about how we would go about visiting churches and raising money. I’m thankful for his experience.
More than just people, we believe that God gives this highest honor to those who consistently embrace wisdom and allow it to inform their lives with righteousness.
So today, again, we say thank you to David and Jimmie Ruth for your years of leadership and wisdom. And with these, we give honor.