To say that 2017 was an eventful year would be an understatement of epic proportion. As with any year, there are highs and lows, and each of these events play a roll in the person we take into the new year. It's not so much what has happened but how we process what has happened that sets our course.
Randy's passing in March has probably defined me and the ministry responsibility/vision more than any other. I go through the swings of emotion and endure grief as it sweeps over me in waves only to come out from the storm and sense His grace on a new level. To try to fill his shoes is an attempt in futility; they are way too big for me. The realization is this, we're not called to fill someone else's shoes, our responsibility is to make sure we are filling the shoes that fit us. To quote a line from an old sitcom, "If the shoe don't fit, it ain't yo shoe!"
As we move into 2018 we are thankful for the many things Randy established and we will continue building on that foundation, but we are also anticipating the new things God is doing in World Missions Advance.
Many of us may have to redefine ourselves, on some level, this coming year. Be encouraged, His plans and strategies are still being fulfilled in our lives. We must trust His plan and provision and continue to walk out our assignment. Psalm 37:3: Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. (NAS)
Many thanks for standing with us in 2017 and I pray for your continued support as we impact the nations with the Good News! --Susan