Great leaders do great things. We look at a great accomplishment and associate it with the leader that helped bring it to reality. Leadership, by its very nature, means a group effort. But when vision has become reality, we tend to forget the group and remember the leader. Yes, vision and leadership are essential. The Christian’s source of vision is God’s calling on our lives. What does God give us to accomplish His vision?
A great example of the answer is found in Exodus 17. God had called Moses to be the leader of Israel. He couldn’t do it alone. In this chapter, a great battle had to be won. As long as Moses lifted up the rod of God, Joshua and the Israelites prevailed in the battle. If Moses’ arms grew tired and let his arms down then the enemy prevailed. Solution? Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms; all day! The battle was won.
Last week was a truly tremendous week in many ways. We took another step toward building churches that are effectively evangelizing their own culture. That is the goal. They can reach their culture more efficiently and effectively than American mission teams. In all the celebration that took place last week, I got a lot of credit. Things were too hectic for me to really reflect on all the friends who held up my arms and helped make it possible.
I don’t even know all the names of the people who have prayed and continue to pray for this ministry. I can’t cite them all, but God knows their work and that I am grateful for them. Then there are the people who faithfully contribute to the financial needs of this ministry. Individuals, Sunday School classes, and mission groups have supplied our mission teams. And then there are the mission volunteers.
From the cover photo to the gallery below are just a few folks that filled the role of Aaron and Hur for me. That is cause to be grateful and humble. God does give us vision, but he blesses us with friends to see it through. And if we stop long enough to think about, it’s all just another reason to praise our Father. He works in wonderful ways to accomplish His purposes in and for His children!
Soli Deo Gloria!