Change is exhilarating for some and terrifying for others but in all our lives, change is inevitable.
Steve and I are on the brink of a huge life change. For the past 36 years we have been in the pastorate. It’s been an amazing journey and we love the church! But, God is doing a new thing in our lives! Later today, a press release will go out about this change but I wanted to make you, my precious readers, aware first.
On Thursday, of last week, Steve accepted the invitation to become the new president of Reach Beyond, formerly HCJB. Reach Beyond is a mission organization committed to being the voice and hands of Jesus around the world. As Steve and I considered this new opportunity we were struck by the fact that many people groups have still never heard the life-changing message of Jesus Christ and His love for them. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to send out workers into His harvest field” (Matthew 9:37-38).
We considered the words of Jesus and our responsibility to answer His call. Moving into this role, we realize we need to press into prayer, asking the Lord, of the Harvest, to send out workers and resources to finish the great commission. Humanly speaking, we realize we are terribly inadequate for this job – Jesus, is after all, the Lord of the harvest. But, we can press into Him in prayer and do our part by challenging others into world missions and raising resources for the Kingdom.
These changes might raise some questions in your mind:
What about your ministry, Becky? My ministry to make Christ known and challenge women to a deeper walk with God will continue. I will continue to accept speaking engagements both here in the States and over seas. I will continue with my writing ministry as well – in fact, I have book due August 8 and am anticipating signing a contract in the next few days to write a Bible study.
How can I pray? We will need lots of prayer support. We are looking for those who will partner with us in prayer. Here are some specifics:
- Please pray as I finish up the manuscript for Bethany House Publishers
- Please pray as we look for a house in Colorado Springs
- Please pray for a smooth transition at Foothills – Steve has raised up and mentored a godly and gifted, young man to be his successor. We feel hopeful that the best days for Foothills are ahead!
- Please pray for favor and protection as we travel starting in September to many different countries.
- Please pray for my heart as I move a tiny bit further away from my grandbabies!
When does all this happen? Steve will step into his role as President, September 1.
We are excited and recognize what a privilege it is to join Jesus in His mission to make His love known. With all these changes, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to offer your prayer support and ask any other questions you might have!