“Israel’s strength and consolation
Hope of all the earth Thou art
Dear desire of every nation
Joy of every longing heart.”
–“Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
I never dreamed God would have another place for me in global ministry. After serving for twenty years as a director for a mission organization working alongside churches in Europe, I was ready for a quiet transition to retirement, with time to spare for my family and eight grandchildren. Before I could catch a breath, the chair of my missions team and good friend, encouraged me to take the Perspectives course.
If you haven’t already heard about it, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a profound journey that is taught across the nation and around the world. For me, it was a journey of discovery of God’s heart for the entire world, including my neighbor next door. Little did I imagine that it would take me back into almost fulltime ministry as a Regional Director, encouraging classes across the Northwest in communities where there is a vision for churches working together to bring the Perspectives course.
It wasn’t on my screens at all when the Regional Director contacted me to consider taking his place. But, God does have a plan. Retirement is better phrased ‘Encore’. The ‘encore’ in my life has been the opportunity to work with a National and Global Team, and to come alongside a committed core of trained coordinators who are launching classes across Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska each spring and fall.
One story, among many, shares why I love Perspectives —
Mary is preparing to work full-time with African Inland Mission. The part of her story that will interest you is how God called her, not because she is a missionary kid (which she was), but because she took a Perspectives class. God used this class to touch her heart.
It’s a privilege to have a part in this great mobilization effort. Not only are thousands accepting the call to ‘go’, but because of Perspectives, we are learning how to send them with a strong base of support, to welcome the internationals among us, to pray more effectively, and to consider our part in the Great Commission. If you’d like to learn more, contact Perspectives at: www.perspectives.org.