As the end of the year approaches, our family and partners in ministry are grateful for all that God has done in and through us this past year. We’re already looking forward to another great year, beginning with the students’ return in early January and our CMDA Northeast Winter Conference, where students and professionals from the region will gather together for a weekend of encouragement and refreshment over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
For now, though, I want to encourage you that your prayers and gifts are making a tremendous difference. As you know, throughout the semester we have been hosting 20-25 students from the area for an in-home bible study breakfast and study of Jesus, MD, a book by our CEO Dr. David Stevens.
At the end of that book, Dr. Stevens shares about how God worked in nearly-miraculous ways to provide a hydroelectric dam for the mission hospital (Tenwek) where Dr. Stevens served some time ago. For many years, the dam had seemed like a pipe dream, entirely out of reach because of the exorbitant expense. And yet, God “showed up” in unbelievable ways so that this need was finally met, allowing critical medical equipment to operate throughout the night, thus literally saving many lives.
In our study, this hydroelectric dam has become a tangible symbol for what the ‘impossible’ things God wants to do in and through the members of our group. At the end of our final meeting for the semester, Sharon and I were humbled as the students presented us with a card of appreciation. But it wasn’t just any card. It was a pop-up card, made by one of the students, featuring a representation of the hydroelectric dam from Jesus, MD (pictured above)! The gratifying part was not so much that we were thanked, but that the students are “getting” how great God is and what He wants to do in and through them. This is why we’re in ministry!
We can’t wait to see what “hydroelectric dams” God may have in store for us in the coming year. Be encouraged that God is at work, and join us in praying that He will meet and exceed our expectations, as He always does (Ephesians 3:20).
With prayers for a grace-filled Christmas and New Year,
Bryan & Sharon