The New Year is almost always met with renewed vigour, passion and excitement as we feel we are given a fresh start in life. All of the joys, challenges, disappointments of the previous year are behind us, and we desire to set a new path for ourselves. Unfortunately, this drive is all too often like a burst of adrenaline, shortly lived. Good-purposed resolutions slowly fade into old patterns that we wanted to break. I believe one tendency for this to happen is because we desire for immediate gratification. We want to see immediate change with little to no effort on our behalf, then when we are met with resistance we quickly break.
As individuals, as a family, and as a ministry, we have a renewed sense of purpose and passion as we have reflected, recharged and refreshed over the Christmas season. Our desire to bring about God-glorifying change to the communities we serve in, is stronger than ever. With this in mind, we know that true enduring change does not happen over night. It is anything but instant. Yes, when we turn from our sinful ways and start following Jesus we instantaneously change from being enemies of God to His children, but complete transformation from the putting off of the old, to the new, is a process. A process that takes determination, intentionality, hard work and many other critical characteristics. This only is possible through the strength and provision that the Lord provides. As we begin the year, we expect to face serious opposition from the evil one as we set out to do the work of God in the Nsoko area. There are many great projects planned to be excited about, projects that will affect incredible numbers of people from all walks of life. Whether it is to do with buildings, water, gardens, livestock, or the ever-important task of raising up people for His kingdom through disciple-making, the year has great potential and prospects, and we approach it with the knowledge and trust that God is for us.
How exciting it is to be called by God to be His vessel for the work He will accomplish. God be glorified in us as we seek You for all that is needed to bring about Your change. We worship, praise and thank You in advance for all that You are about to do.
We ask that you pray with us, as we pray through all that God has planned for 2017.
- For hearts to be receptive to the redeeming Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
- Spiritual, and physical strength to carry on when we are tired.
- For God’s Name to be glorified throughout!
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Ephesians 3:20 – 21