GOD’S BANNER OVER US IS LOVE
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
~ John 3:16
You may remember when banners displaying “JOHN 3:16” used to unfold with professional football field goal kicks. While you didn’t see such displays during the recent Super Bowl, this verse is so well known that, at times, it can feel trite. I encourage you to take a moment to let this verse saturate your thoughts as you consider how much love God has for the world. And to go a step a further to embrace the next verse, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” Indeed, we love because God first loved us, and it is God’s love that compels us to tell the world that, in Christ, we are not condemned.
Our facilitator, Pastor Mark Kiekhaefer, recently returned from teaching in Togo. He traveled to Lome, Togo to present a segment of the Pathways training for a group of pastors. Pathways is a curriculum to equip pastors with the basic skills to preach expisitionally. This unit focused on the book of Habakkuk with the pastors presenting their work and together they gave feedback to hone their skills. A few of the leaders are ready to repeat the training with others in their churches. One is repeating the training with a group in northern Togo – a predominantly Muslim area. Despite added challenges from Covid, Mark was able to travel and take another step of equipping pastors to further the work of the Gospel in Togo. Praise God!
Another facilitator, Dr. Dan Green, recently accepted an invitation to teach in the Czech Republic this June. He was contacted by the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Prague to teach his course on Forgiveness. This will be Dan’s 22nd visit to the Czech Republic, Lord willing. Due to pandemic-related circumstances for the past two years, Dan’s connections with his Czech colleagues and doctoral students have been just through online lectures and video calls. Dan’s commitment to hosting live discussions with students at 3:00 am CST gives new meaning to the phrase “Zoom fatigue”! His Milwaukee-based counseling practice is pleased to provide free mental health assistance to Afghan refugees during this difficult season of adapting to life in the U.S.
Facilitator Dan Green looks forward to being with seminary and doctoral students again in person in the Czech Republic like he enjoyed a few years ago in this encouraging gathering.
Some of you may know that Lee’s beloved mother, Martha Ann Heyward, went home to the Lord last month at the age of 99. Pray for Lee, Terry and their family as they miss her deeply. We also want to let you know that Lee is very excited to resume his full-time role here at BrookLink this summer when he officially steps down as Elmbrook Church’s lead pastor. Their search for a new lead pastor is well under way.
Lee‘s return to full-time status with BrookLink this summer is met with great anticipation! He enjoyed a past visit with global friend, Sasha Flekova.
Your support and prayers for the ministry of BrookLink is a wonderful expression of God’s love to us and to our global partners. Please know that we love you and that we appreciate you. Allow me to quote Paul’s thank you letter to the Philippians: “I have received (from Epaphroditus) the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (4:18-19)