Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Administrative Work Isn't Painful, It's Prophetic

Thanking the Lord this morning for all the administrative tasks that have been accomplished while I've been in Nairobi. Many of these tasks were already in various stages of completion as they can never be far from our mind. But having them finished but flexible is such a rewarding feeling to a former operations manager like me.

First, we took time to reflect over all that the Lord has accomplished through Surprised by Hope during 2014 and continue to wonder at the way he orders our lives (Romans 8:28) with tremendous thanksgiving. While his vision for the future of this ministry has been clear for a while now (we've been communicating that medium-term vision for about a year) it was nice to ask for and receive his confirmation of that vision and all that must be accomplished in 2015 once again.

Second, we closed out 2014 by reviewing our stated goals and recording all that was accomplished in more detail. We examined our budget results (right on target) and reviewed financials for accuracy (all good), collected all the statements and other documents needed for audit and sent them off to Whitewatermark. We prepared and distributed year end tax statements to all of you. Finally, we prepared the content of our annual report and sent that off to the designer (coming soon).

Third, we opened 2015 by establishing short-term goals, preparing a general schedule for ministry, and setting budgets to support those activities. We reviewed legal requirements for annual reporting when operating in three countries, and prepared those materials. And we prepared and conveyed all the materials needed for the Annual Meeting of the Board later this month.

While these are just a few of the task-oriented highlights for these past few weeks, my bigger appreciation comes in two areas of revelation. First, purpose. We are so thankful in knowing that we are exactly where the Lord wants us to be and that we are doing exactly what he wants us to do. The continued sense of Divine purpose over these past 4 years is like nothing I've ever experienced before, which allows a measure of certainty in our decision-making. In all we do, we desire to walk alongside him in seeing his plans fulfilled in the lives of so many East Africans and in those who support Surprised by Hope.

Second, prophetic. Cornerstone University professors are always challenged to incorporate faith into learning into application (which is not easy in the business world) and having been raised in that environment I strive to do the same. When we bring these kinds of administrative activities before the Lord, especially our future plans, we have an opportunity to invite his prophetic voice to speak over us and our future. I believe that allowing the Spirit to speak into our plans gives power and shape to Surprised by Hope in a way that sets us apart. This intense time in the Spirit offers hope, depth, and transformation both for us and for those we serve. For that we praise the Lord.

Onward to a greater depth of ministry and service than has ever before been seen in Surprised by Hope. Amen!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:3-4).