It all began with a need I felt to communicate regularly with our active duty military chaplains who were stationed in various parts of the United States and some overseas. I wanted them to know that Melvine and I loved them, had been where they are in ministry to the finest young men and women in the Armed Forces of our country, and that we were praying for them, their spouses, children, and ministry. Of course, we wanted to keep them connected to the IPHC and what was happening in our denomination.
I want to thank you all who have subscribed to this newsletter called Hugh's News and Commentary. Not only have you subscribed and encouraged others to do the same, but you have prayed and given financially to support this electronic news service. Consequently, I am pleased to announce that you have helped me to finish another year in the black.
Melvine, my darling wife, has stood with me through all these years and has allowed me time and space and the privilege to put together each newsletter. Her prayers and personal support have enabled me to produce what you read daily. I want to thank Mel Tinney, my webmaster, once again for his invaluable service to me and you. He is indeed the power engine that moves this electronic train of Christian journalism.
Your gifts to Hugh's News, Inc. to honor Melvine and my birthdays in December brought a record offering to Hugh's News, Inc. Every gift you gave has gone back into this ministry. I want to thank our son, Greg, for promoting this God-Idea that was highly successful. We appreciate Greg. He is so gifted and talented.
The year 2016 has been one of the most exciting years in the production of Hugh's News. I stand amazed at how God has placed key people in my life at strategic moments to remind me that He is sovereign and providing for every need of this electronic newsletter ministry and service. I have learned the fact that Jesus Christ is the Head of Hugh's News. This is His ministry. In the process He has called me to be the editor, and my role is that of a servant.
When I was working on the mission statement for Hugh's News several years ago it took me a long time to write what would be pleasing to God and that would accurately describe the mission God has for Hugh's News and Commentary.
Let me share that mission statement with you once again:
“The electronic flagship of communications serving IPHC Ministries and the Body of Christ world-wide.”
The Scripture Mission statement is recorded in the Book of Daniel:
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3, KJV).
May I encourage you to continue praying daily for Melvine and me as well as Greg, our son. And as the Lord prompts you to give to Hugh's News, Inc. I want you to know that we treasure your financial gifts to this ministry as a sacred trust.
We pray that God will grant you wisdom, strength, joy, peace, and glowing health in 2017 (Daniel 2:23, The Living Bible).