As we come to the end of another year I find myself thinking “Have we been successful this year?” Any time I fill out a grant application, there are always questions about success and a desire to see if what we are proposing is effective. And I understand the desire to know that finances donated are going to be used wisely and in a way that truly brings change.
But when your main goal is to make disciples, it can be difficult to measure success. This is especially true as we are working with children who have deep wounds because of abuse or abandonment in their background, men who have faced lifetimes of crippling addiction, and people in remote areas of the mountains of Oaxaca who will face persecution if they become followers of Jesus. Daily life and struggles in our ministry can sometimes feel like we are only seeing more setbacks than success.
So I was greatly encouraged and challenged when I came across a quote from Mother Teresa: “We are not called to be successful, but faithful.” I then looked up what the Bible has to say about success and found it is always promised as the consequence for our obedience to God.
This causes me to reframe the question I have been asking myself. I am now asking “Have we been faithful and obedient this year?” That I can easily answer with a resounding “Yes!”
I think of our amazing staff who have sacrificed in countless ways to be a part of expanding the Kingdom of God in Mexico. I think of our generous donors who give of their little or much to make all of this possible.
I think of visitors who go to our Mission bases to do tedious, behind the scenes tasks that free up our staff to do their work. And I think of the small army of prayer warriors who do the most important work of interceding for our many prayer needs.
My hope as you read this report is that you will see how we were faithful and obedient to God in 2019. And I share the sentiment that the Apostle Paul shared in Philippians 1:3 – “I thank my God every time I remember you.”