Friday, January 1, 2010

A New Decade Brings New Opportunities


It is hard to believe that today is January 1, 2010. Where have the last 10 years gone? I can still remember all of the "kafafal" surrounding the year 2000!

We are excited about this new year and all of the opportunities that lay ahead of us. This morning we spent some time praying together and we felt the Lord reminding us of three things.

1. The Kingdom of God grows organically. What does that mean? The Kingdom grows naturally -- through the web of people and relationships that God brings into our lives. As God brings people and relationships to us, our role is to nurture and cultivate them so that they can bring the fruit that God desires.

2. Divine Appointments. We need God to give us those "divine appointments". 2009 was filled with many divine appointments. We could give you
the names of more than a dozen people God clearly directed us to. Each of the relationships have a different purpose, but we can see how God brought these people into our lives to take us further on this adventure, open doors for us, or teach us things we need to learn.

3. Champions. God will grow our ministry as He leads us to "champions" -- men and women who have a heart for the poor, the widow, the orphan, the vulnerable child. We are asking God to lead us to people in whom He has birthed a similar vision to ours -- people whose vision we can champion - and people who can champion our vision. We are looking for those we can truly work together with as a team and a family -- even if we live in different parts of North America or even the world. God has knit us together with some of those champions a
lready - but we are asking God for many more.

So, what did God remind us of this morning? Nothing more than He is the author and director of our lives, our faith and our ministry, and, that He is interested in people and relationships and that as we nurture the relationships He brings into our lives, His Kingdom will come and His will will be done.

January Opportunities

January 6 - Karl is leading a panel discussion at the East Valley Missions Consortium on mobilizing people and resources for missions in our changing world.
January 9 - Visionledd USA Board of Directors Meeting via Skype with board members here in the Phoenix area, in Atlanta, Florida and Toronto!
January 12-13- Karl is participating in the Founders Meeting of the Global CHE Network that is bringing together 22 leaders from 17 ministries who are focused on Community Health Evangelism.
January 14 - Karl is attending the Board of Directors meeting of the Alliance for Transformational Ministry.
January 16 - Karl is attending the Board of Directors meeting of Global CHE Enterprises
January 23 - We are leading a dessert meeting focusing on Visionledd USA's new partner ministry in Burkina Faso. If you'd like to attend the meeting, send an email to KARL.

January 25-27 - Karl will be in Dallas for a meeting of the American delegates to Capetown 2010.
January 31 - Karl will be speaking at Sunday services at Church of the Vine in Surprise, Arizona.

As you can see, it is a BUSY month, and we are going to need your prayer. Thank you for standing with us.

Do You Want to Experience Africa in 2010?

Now is the time to begin praying and preparing to join us in Africa! Debbie and/or Karl will be leading teams to Malawi, Zambia and Burkina Faso this year. Teams will be going in March, June, July, August and November. We would love for you to join us. We promise, you will never be the same.

There are ways for everybody to serve -- but we have some special opportunities this year for nurses and teachers in June in Zambia. If you fit the bill, or know someone who may be interested, let us know.

If you want more information, exact dates and costs, or have questions, send an email to US.

Thank you so very much for your prayer and support. We have been so blessed by our friends and partners in ministry over this past year. We hope and pray we have been a blessing to you as well and that this coming year will be one of joy, peace and fruitfulness.