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Chera Fellowship

                            We now have a Facebook for Chera Fellowship.
 so we know you are interested in our ministry. 

"Chera" is the Greek word used in the New Testament for "widow." 
CHERA Fellowship is a quarterly magazine published by IFCA International
for those whose spouse has died. 

The articles contained in the issues of this magazine are written with the widow/widower in mind
and they seek to bring comfort, encouragement and helpful thoughts and suggestions for dealing
with the adjustments of life required in their circumstances.


We Rest On Thee Our Shield

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender?
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.

Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know;
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go."

We rest on Thee: our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee through endless days.

 
-Edith Gilling Cherry, 1895. Jim Elliott, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully, Nate Saint, and Roger Youderian
sang this hymn on January 3, 1956, before they flew out to make contact with the Waorani tribe (Aucas) of Ecuador. Five days later they passed through the "gates of pearly splendor" by martyrdom.