What a change from last year! For those who know the One who holds the future, the global pandemic has been an opportunity to test our confidence in what we say we believe. What do we believe? Bottom line? In my thinking this includes:
- Faith that God does not allow anything that he will not use for His glory and our good. (Romans 8:28)
- The need to intentionally demonstrate our love for him by loving our neighbor (1 John 4:20-21)
I am more and more convinced that this love needs to be sacrificial. To help our Harvest team and others who use our website, we have been developing two new tools in this regard. One is a series of video interviews with those who are expressing sacrificial love. So far, I’ve done five of those interviews on Zoom and we are planning to do at least one a week and post them to our site, www.harvestfoundation.org. Posting is in process under the heading: “Jesus’ Hands and Feet.”
The other is a series of radio interviews on Faithtalk Radio, 1360AM. We will be testing the program with three months of weekly half-hour broadcasts in which we interview people from around the world who will tell stories of loving their neighbors that inspire and give examples of sacrificial love. The first interview will air March 11 at 5:30PM. The program is called, “The Kingdom and its Stories.”
One of the key lessons Harvest is learning during this time is that our global strategy for training churches doesn’t have to be face-to-face. Our global team is experimenting in using Zoom, WhatsApp, and other applications to train leaders whom they are not able to meet. Those trainers are then able to train and lead their local congregations. It is a steep learning curve with the additional challenge that digital technology is very uneven in different parts of the world. On the other hand, I’m encouraged by the stories we hear from our teams. Of course, we all look forward to a hopeful new-normal when we will be able to not only see but touch, shake hands, and hug those we serve and love.
On the home-front, we are thankfully healthy, spending time with our families weekly or more over Zoom, starting to read and discuss books with our grandsons, finishing home projects that have eluded completion, etc. I love being with Judy, but sometimes I wonder if she isn’t looking forward to when I can fly again, 😊
I serve as chairman on several boards: Harvest, Disciple Nations Alliance and Trinity Education. Since our last update, all boards have met one or two times with virtual meetings. One thing I’ve sensed is that virtual meetings get better participation than face-to-face meetings.
You will remember the “Decade of Discipleship” emphasis that came out of the General Assembly of the World Evangelical Alliance last year in Indonesia. I’m on two of the follow-up committees and am pleased at the progress of advancing the priority commandment of Jesus to his followers – to disciple. WEA is a huge umbrella structure for the world’s approximately 500 million evangelicals. It takes time to turn such an entity, but I’m encouraged that there is progress.
My future travel calendar? Your guess is as good as mine. We trust the One who holds the future.
Judy and I want to thank you for your faithfulness- especially now. Please continue to pray for and love us.
Under the same Wings,