I know it is a bit of an odd subject line to receive in the early days of summer, June 30th was the last day of our fiscal year and July 1st represents the first day of our new fiscal year so…Happy New Year to Show Hope! I am compelled to start the New Year with the following message as a means to charge ahead with the three P’s: Praise, Prayer, and Prosperity.
Praise: Before we start fresh, we have a lot to praise God about. While the final accounting needs a few weeks to shake out, for all intents and purposes, financially Show Hope had a record year again. Most importantly, however, is what this record year represents related to transformational impact in the lives of orphans and families. There are countless stories that we know about and so much more that we don’t know about. The restoration and miracles from the things we measure and the fruit we bear that are not measured is astounding. We praise the Lord for all things!
Pray: So much of authentic ministry is about being obedient to what he has called us to. As we pause to praise him at the “city gates,” let us then pray for the New Year ahead and his provision for all things (decisions, resources, unity, focus, partnership, healing, personnel, depth, impact, obedience, etc). While we have broad things to pray about, I am reminded of the monthly prayer calendar we send each month enlisting our constituents to pray. As we focus our prayers on Garrick at MBHOH for July, let’s not lose sight of JUST ONE in the midst of MILLIONS. New Year, New Hope, New Miracles – hopefully for Garrick and for others.
Prosper: When you consider God’s plan for you and me, the word prosper is dotted throughout scripture, most notably in the famed Jeremiah 29: 11 “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” I am not describing material wealth, but rather richness in faith and fruit bearing according to our obedience unto him. We can easily get overwhelmed if we try to solve the orphan crisis, but if we pursue God relentlessly and stay focused on the role we are to play as part of the big story that is being written, then Show Hope will continue to be vibrant and prosperous. Job 36:11 states; “If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.”
God has used each one of you mightily this past year and I believe he will continue to do so through the ministry of Show Hope – even when life circumstances seem impossible to overcome and you can’t see beyond the steps directly in front of you. These are his promises to you, not mine. May this coming year be one that is marked with great fruitfulness on behalf of the children we serve. To Him be the glory.