Fought the good fight
2 Timothy 4:6–8 (ASV)
6For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come. 7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith: 8henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give to me at that day; and not to me only, but also to all them that have loved his appearing.
Having lived an extraordinary life of service in the King's vineyard, Jonathan Goforth was finally ushered to meet His master, face to face. At his funeral, there was no room for sorrow, only joy and celebration of a gallant soldier who fought the good fight of faith.
Having dedicated his life since his release from Japan as a prisoner of war, Jake retired from missionary service having fought the good fight and kept the faith. And for thirty more years until his call home, he served as assistant pastor at a church in Oregon.
After 13 years of torture, beatings, starvation and months in solitary confinement; Harlan Popov is released from prison. For Harlan, the years of suffering was all worth it; he rejoiced at the fruit of his imprisonment; the many men he led to Christ.