Sunday, January 25, 2009
Several days ago, I posted a need for the Youtube ministry. The response I've received has been overwhelming. I don't mean this only in a monetary sense although it certainly was. The encouragement I've received from people in terms of emails alone has been enough to liven up this young man. I am sincerely humbled and thankful for it all. I'm going to post a few of those emails in the latter part of this post. For many other ones, you can read the comments left in the original post.
First, I'm happy to say that the monetary contribution was more than I was expecting. I literally received donations from around the world. Because of the generosity of you all, I'm able to get a computer that runs faster than the one I was going to get, has better means of cooling, etc. The computer is customizable so in four years or so, if a part becomes obsolete, I'll be able to replace that part singularly without having to replace the entire computer. This means that, Lord willing, the Youtube ministry will be here for years to come. I don't know if I could be more excited and relieved about that news. Thank you all sincerely.
As alluded to at the beginning of the post, many of you sent emails. To protect the identity of each author, I'll omit the names. Before I post those, though, a very encouraging bit of news came to me earlier today from my girlfriend, Susan Yenser. Many of you know that she plays basketball for the Florida Gators. After games, they go sign autographs for the fans. Today, after their game v. Ole Miss, a man came up to her with his daughters. It turns out that he had seen her testimony that I made and posted on Youtube and came to the game and brought his daughters. He also told her that the Youtube page and this blog has been a blessing to him, and both are the reasons he started looking into Reformed Theology. To know that something I can do on the other side of the country can have this effect on someone is humbling and encouraging to say the least.
Now, here are several of the emails I received.
"I personally know people who have been saved by the preaching of Paul Washer, specifically, videos that Lane has uploaded. You can't put a price on that."
"...in my case as with my other family members and friends, this youtube ministry has blessed us a lot given the fact that we are from Asia, not from US. Nowadays, more and more people have access to the internet and this is a wonderful ministry that entirely changed and transformed a lot of lives. Know what's my next mission? Go to my hometown which is a third world country and share this ministry to the people there, share the true Gospel of Jesus Christ which I only heard from the videos uploaded by Lane. So it is undeniable that God has used Lane's ministry once and for all. ...I will hook online (wifi) and show the videos uploaded by Lane here in youtube and his blogsite and then share my testimony as well. If it's quite difficult for them to understand, I will translate to the local dialect. So it is just my prayer that this youtube ministry started by Lane will continue and keep on growing. We are all disciples and we are set to go out and preach and support one another. "
"i am glad i could help out with a resource that has helped me so much over the year that i have been over seas serving the Lord."
"Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior! I have been so appreciative of the videos and resources you have provided to the web community. I have been saved for about 5 years now and just in the last month have been introduced to the doctrines of grace. My view of God has been completely blown away! I started listening to Paul Washer a couple of years ago and came across your Stage6 channel where I could watch entire sermons by him. I am so thankful for your dedication to getting the truth out on the internet and I have pointed many of my saved and unsaved friends to many of the videos you have posted. By God's sovereignty, He has prompted me to read more Piper, MacArthur, Spurgeon, and listen to Washer over the last two years. It was only a matter of time before my eyes were truly opened to His complete sovereignty in the salvation of lost souls. I don't yet completely understand the depths of the truths in the doctrines of grace, but just last night I found myself debating one of my best friends and brothers in Christ on election! He clearly believes in a semi-Pelagian/Arminian view of salvation. I even sent him links to a couple of Mark Kielar's videos you have posted on election and he was in almost complete disagreement with what Mark was teaching. Thank you so much for your help! "
"We pray for this need of yours to be provided as this is indeed part of expanding God's kingdom. We are so blessed with everything that you have shared and placed into this ministry and we know, God will always be faithful to His children."
"Lane I don't know if you remember me. Most likely you don't since have a large internet audience. But I wanted to tell you that I have been encourged by your recent articles on standing for theology and presenting the gospel in a clear fashion. Where I live there are not a lot of people who believe the doctrines of grace so if you bring up the subject folks brand you as a false prophet or something. However by Gods grace I continue and hold firm to the truth of the scriptures. I do believe with all my heart that Theology is very important and that ture theology is rooted in Life because it proceeds from the very scriptures we hold to John 6:63 Jesus said the words he spoke are spirit and life. With out doctrine where would we be how could we defend the faith or give a man and understanding of the hope we have in us. May God continue to bless you my friend continue to rebuke and exhort as I am listening to the truth you bring which encourges me to hold true to biblical doctrine."
"Lane, thanks for your youtube work. You turned me on to Mark Kielar, I really like his stuff. I just got off your blog after making a small donation. Thanks, keep up the good work."
"I almost left a comment to some of the people who left ridiculous comments on your request but decided against it. Your blog is a place I've found great joy, not a place I want to argue with people on. Even a small donation (like mine) is something that people shouldn't have a problem with if they look at the value you create. Some of the people that left comments almost seemed like they expected you to provide the information just because they want it. I've learned that even if a resource is "free" that I should always support it if I can. I've watched sermon after sermon on your youtube account and have received so much knowledge, peace, and understanding from the teachings you provide. I really appreciate your work and know that, even if it's a calling from the Lord, it's obviously a labor of love because of the quality of your content."
"Brother, I value your ministry greatly, and don't want it to end because of lack of resources. If, on the 5th of February, you still need the funds, I'll make up the difference at that time. I need to pay my rent and bills with the paycheck I just got, but I'll be in a position to help at that time.
Let me know, and many prayers to you in your ministry..." (FYI, I didn't accept this brother's generous offer, but I am still humbled by it and thought it would be wonderful to post here.)
"I love you for all that you are doing. When you were on with Chris Rosebud it was reallly great. I actually could not watch Kung Fu Panda after that."