A Year-End Letter from the President

“It felt almost surreal!”

Baptismal celebrations are always special, but I had never heard one described as surreal before. So it grabbed my attention when one of our workers in North Africa chose that word to describe what she had recently experienced. She was describing the baptism of five new believers in a nation that for hundreds of years has been so isolated from the joy of new life in Jesus that it has usually taken years to see even one person choose to be baptized.

Baptizing five on one day was unheard of. Surreal.

It was only a little over a year ago that we were crushed to learn that one of our families who had served in North Africa for over twelve years was being given fifteen days to leave the country. “God, weren’t they just hitting their stride? Weren’t they almost at the point where they’d begin to see fruit? God, will you please intervene?!?” We all had so many questions and so few answers.

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:24). Things are different in the economy of the Kingdom. In God’s economy, death precedes life. In God’s economy, multiplication happens when a seed falls into the ground and dies. Sometimes when our visions die, God’s vision comes to life, and we say “Can this be real?”

It’s not just in North Africa. In the Middle East and Asia, people are coming to Jesus in unprecedented numbers. God is on the move!

I would like to invite you to partner with us and share in this joy. Together, we have been igniting fires of Jesus’ presence in many places for many years. Together, we can send and support those who are going to some of the most spiritually cold and dark places in the world. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light.” The Prince of Peace is coming!

Joe Showalter
RI President

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