Opportunities and the pace of ministry life are changing once again! It is hard to imagine that one year ago we were in the middle of lockdown. As the reopening continues, travel for ministry is expanding. I the past three weeks we have ministered in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana, and West Virginia twice. I am preparing to fly to South Africa and Zimbabwe in late August. I believe the expanded reach we developed with online ministry in the past year remains strategic.
Last weekend we launched the Part 2 of our “Arguing or Reasoning?” series. 44 attended our Zoom debrief sessions afterwards. Over 120 individuals and several groups have already viewed the video including the employees of an architectural firm. I joined our contact with the company afterwards for a Zoom debrief. Thank you Father for the privilege of expanding the message of your kingdom!
Last week our SE Asia Team launched a new webinar series. It was targeted to pastors and leaders in the Philippines. The Zoom debrief immediately afterwards drew participants from around the world. “Arguing or Reasoning?” | Part 1 is now available
Late last year while in prayer, I heard our Lord say, “There is light at the end of this tunnel.” In the last week or so, I have heard several news and political authorities say the same. It seems we are approaching a shift it the current Covid-19 situation. Invitations have begun to come in. Please pray for me as I seek for wisdom, particularly for travel ministry.
I continue to be fully engaged in using the tools at hand to build Jesus’ kingdom. I have 17 students from Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ecuador signed up to start a 12 week course in Homiletics (preaching) next Tuesday. I am using materials and videos which have been added to the LDR website and will be meeting weekly with the class via Zoom.
How do you respond to situations that seem too big to understand? Many respond, “God is in control.” Really? Does God control? This message declares that you can trust God even when you do not understand God, He IS God. He is NEVER surprised!
For several years in December, I have set aside time to ask our Lord for direction for the coming year. I want to be prepared for the new year by seeing the big picture. This year was challenging. So much negativity. I heard our Lord say “There is light at the end of the tunnel!”
The pandemic and lockdowns around the world in 2020 had a profound impact on my life. Travel was virtually eliminated. The mission I to which I am called has not. In early 2020 I adjusted methods and focused much of my efforts on communicating virtually. I have been blessed to reach further and touch more individuals!
What about 2021? What will the new normal be like? I believe the coming months will provide unusual opportunities for Jesus’ disciples and for the church. My challenge to you is to be prepared, primed, to be at the starting gate of this next season. I record the message, “Disruption is Opportunity” several weeks ago. I believe it is relevant today. I pray it will challenge you!
Linda and I are thankful for the opportunity to travel for ministry in February. There are limitations. Social distancing, frequent washing hands, etc., have become the norm. We are willing to work within the limitations, we are not willing to stand still! In February we ministered in person in the state of Washington, in Maryland and West Virginia. I frequently “traveled” via video conference to many places, including weekly meetings in the USA, England and the Philippines.
Stepping into New Things
I have been challenged in the last couple of weeks to focus on NEW things. I am thankful that despite the challenges of these days, there are fresh opportunities including the following.
NEW Webinar Project
We are preparing to launch a NEW webinar series, “Closing the Gap” April 19/20 which will address communication and relationship challenges. The teaching will be shorter, about 10 minutes. Our goal is to engage leaders a video conference discussion afterwards. Please pray for this NEW outreach.
NEW Ministry Training Course
One aspect of our mission is to provide leadership training materials. A NEW course is being launched. “Homiletics, An Introduction to Preaching” is now available at LDR Online: Homiletics.
NEW Equipment and Skills One year ago, I launched full speed ahead into the video and webinar arena. My early projects were quite limited in quality. My office conference room now is a video recording studio, our presentation is coming up!
It is a cold snowy day in Maryland. The dark skies seem to add to the feelings of discouragement and despair that are prevalent in the world around us. I have good news! As desperate as the world situation seems, God has not been, God is not surprised! He is the God of hope. I recorded this message, “Joy is Coming” a couple of weeks ago. I pray it will inspire you today.
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