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2017 and Beyond…

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The New Year is here…

We would just like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to all friends and supporters for another year of “great things”.

We are now 14 years into this journey and so many people, churches and groups have partnered with us in so many different ways to make this all happen. The bible makes it clear that we are all family, and the whole body grows as each individual part supplies whatever it is that it can, then as the body grows, the individual part grows as well, which then contributes to the continual growth of the body…it’s a constant cycle, neither grows without the other. We truly all need each other, none of us survive by ourselves.

We would like to take a moment to thank all sponsors and supporters. Of course I am not going to name names here, because I know that no one who supports us financially wants or needs that to be done, but we are very, very grateful for the various areas of support that we do receive.

We would like to especially thank our church family at the Barossa New Life Centre (now rebranded IMPACT Barossa), who have been involved with us and the ministry from almost the very first day it started and who were the first church body to support us financially, support that has continued for nearly 14 solid years.

We walked into the Barossa New Life Centre in 2002, 18 months later we were literally developing a missions movement from scratch, together. God birthed something from the Barossa Valley that is still going strong today. Dozens of teams have come over the years, hundreds of lives have been truly changed, your connection to us and to Baseco has been so natural, so normal and very healthy. Iron has truly sharpened iron. Over the years you have added to us and we have added to you. As you are all aware there has been a significant shift in leadership styles and focus within the church which has been great for the local church, but it does mean significant changes for us, as IMPACT no longer financially support us. It is sad to say that a genuine relationship based connection of 14 years working together in Missions has now come to an end. It’s the end of an era, but, it’s also the beginning of a new era. Relationships don’t change with a leadership shift…we still consider you our church family and we will still consistently attend the church when we are in Australia. Friends are still friends.

Individuals who have supported students for many years are still able to do that, people who feel led to contribute to us or the mission are still very welcome to do that as well. As always, we encourage you to pray, hear from God and do whatever He leads you to do, nothing more or nothing less. It’s just that now if you want to support the ministry financially, you will need to do that directly through us and not via the church, as IMPACT Barossa no longer send funds to us, this ceased in December 2016. All of our account details are on this site if you need them. Perhaps the easiest way to donate is by using the PAYAL Button which is also on this site.

If anyone has any further inquiries connected to this change, we encourage you to contact the leadership of IMPACT directly if any further clarification is desired.

Over the years the ministry has grown so well in so many areas, and for many years our own personal support has remained very minimal, but I would like to take a moment to express personal thanks and gratitude to those who support myself and Christine personally, God is faithful and we have never had concerns for our own personal finances, God can either provide or He cannot. This year there has been an increase in our personal support and so to those people, we would like to pass on a very heartfelt thank you.

Another great area of increased financial support is for our “Fund a Future” campaign, which is all focused on College students. We have had so many students supported in school for the last 8 years and due to the success of this program, many of these students are heading towards College. The Fund a Future program has developed naturally as we looked at addressing the need and the costs connected to College. For those who have contributed funds to this cause, we thank you. This will be an ongoing and a growing area of need over the next few years.

We are very much looking forward to the New Year and the next chapter in the ministry and in our personal lives. Of course as the ministry grows, we must grow at an even faster rate if we are to continue to lead others forward. What we did yesterday or last year, might have been great then, but as time changes, so must we. 2017 will very much be an “out with the old and in with the new” adventure (more on this in the next post).

As always we covet prayer. Prayer works. Prayer is the most effective, efficient and productive thing that anyone can do for us, and indeed for yourselves. Any change, requires that “we actually change”, this is not always as easy as we would like, but it must happen. I am challenging myself to learn and to keep learning and felt very strongly led by God to head in certain areas for my own personal learning, stretching and development, and to be honest, these are not areas that I would have ever thought that I would be interested in, but God knows what He is doing, and my job is to “follow Him”, not my own preferences.

We have started five churches now and have a rapidly growing youth ministry. The thing that excites us the most is how many genuinely home grown leaders we have. Every pastor that works with us, every leader, at every level, they are all home grown. That’s effective discipleship.

Reaching people, Raising Leaders and Releasing People into ministry, we plan to just keep doing these things this year. My job is simple – I follow Jesus and encourage as many people as I can to do that as well. People following Jesus will succeed, anyone who follows me will be very limited. You can “Follow me”, but only for as long as it takes for you to genuinely connect to Jesus Himself, then we can follow Jesus together…but people must follow Jesus more than they follow me.

It’s going to be another great year.

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