Patrick and Kate Horney of North Carolina observed for themselves what The Luke Commission is accomplishing in Eswatini and returned home determined to give regularly so the work could continue.

The Horneys are now among the growing number of Young TLC Monthly Champions.

Dr. Harry VanderWal said, “It’s especially rewarding for Echo and me to see God move in the hearts of young people who appreciate TLC and who actively participate with their finances.”

A member of the US Marine Corps, Patrick was home from the Middle East for less than a month last summer when he and his wife Kate went to Eswatini for a couple of weeks. Patrick is 25 and Kate is 24 years.

“Harry and Echo are there to glorify Christ,” said Patrick. “They’re not just preaching without helping or helping without preaching.”

He continued: “The VanderWals are thriving in a place where the Gospel has been for 100 years, but where the focus on Jesus seems to have died. The Luke Commission is trying to solve this main problem.”

“My wife and I got excited being in Eswatini,” Patrick explained. “It was not what I had pictured in my mind, but I guess that’s to be expected.”

Patrick said Harry and Echo “gave up lucrative professions in the US to help people with absolutely nothing. How could we not be joyful participants in TLC?”

The Horneys can declare with the people of Colosse almost 2000 years ago: “All over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing…” (Colossians 1:6)

Young or old, now or then, how can we not be joyful participants?

by Janet Tuinstra

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