Dear, beloved Friends
I am using this New Testament greeting, so seldom used today, as it expresses my deepest, heartfelt emotions as I think of you at the start of this New Year. I deeply treasure your friendship, prayers and all you do for us!
As you know, 2015 was very good for our ministry, we saw good progress in many areas, thousands of new people were connected, picked up through various on-line courses, hundreds have completed them, hundreds joined various small groups, etc.
As I was struggling hard in the last days of 2015, considering the best way forward for increasing the spread and impact of out outreach, I must confess the only idea that seemed practical and desirable was doing more of everything we have done thus far. I was eagerly praying for God’s solution. I felt I had exhausted all my own ideas. I was studying the scriptures and reading a number of books and it came to me like a bolt of lightning – 2016 for me should be a year of prayer.
I must get much deeper, personal rooting in Jesus, be a better disciple, live in His Kingdom. Then His thoughts and ideas will flow through me and there is definitely no limit then! Now I am so excited to look forward to what He will do in 2016, using our small team. WOW! Thank you, Jesus! There are, of course, many more creative people around me who are putting their hearts and energies into the ministry. Not to say I will stop traveling and being involved in number of activities, but simply changing my personal focus.