YOU ARE HIS INFLUENCER
“You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
~ Jesus Christ
Dear Friends of BrookLink,
Thank you for standing with us through this peculiar year. Your generous giving is amazing, and we continually praise the Lord for you. You and I are not the first saints to trust God through social distancing. Like John on Patmos and John the Baptist in the desert, we also know how vital hope and encouragement are to our well-being. Your prayers and your giving have deeply blessed us and indeed are a fragrant offering.
Many of you know Becky Riebesehl, our Director of Operations. She has faithfully and wonderfully served BrookLink since 2013, and I’ve asked her to share a few thoughts:
We anticipate a return to in-person training in the coming year. Praise the Lord, we are making plans accordingly. One of our board members, Dick Laabs, insightfully used a helpful baseball metaphor to describe our current reality, “We have been staying loose in the bullpen since last March and will continue to throw warm-up pitches for a few more months. But a new season is on the horizon, and we are anxious for it to get going!”
Jen Akin, Leslie Osborne and Jan Ryder comprise our excellent children and family ministries team. Utilizing our new office space, they are diligently working on recorded conversational lessons providing insightful wisdom for parents. In addition to serving as facilitators for BrookLink, these women beautifully serve their churches and communities exercising their gifts of teaching, administration and compassion.
Jesus remains faithful to His promise to build His church, and invitations from our global partners have poured in to play a part in His work. Lord willing, we will fulfill them with your prayers and help:
- Czech Republic – Dan Green
- India’s Hindustan Bible Institute – Paul and Lisa Sinclair
- Ethiopia’s Kale Heywet Church – Ian Lawson / Jan Ryder
- Pakistan’s Operation Mobilization – Lee Heyward / Ian Lawson
- Armenia’s Armenia Relief Mission (possibly)
- Uganda and Rwanda (new invitation)
- Mali – Pastors Conference
- Online recordings to help families
Please pray for our partners and for us as we plan, prepare and exercise wisdom.
Thank you so very much for your support. Your faithfulness deeply encourages us. Paul’s words to the Philippian church come to mind: “…for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need. Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.” (Phil 4:16-18)
What does it mean to exercise our influence as Christians with love, assurance and effectiveness? Listen as Pastor Lee Heyward shares this crucial message preached on January 10th.