A pathway no one knew was there

Great news! Wycliffe has declared us fully funded and has given me (Jim) the green light to begin my assignment as managing editor for the Wycliffe Global Alliance.
Almost exactly a year after starting this surprise journey, our team of partners (that’s you) has surrounded us and now, together, we step into the adventure. Together we serve people who don’t yet know the joy of knowing and trusting God. Together we join a movement of God at an absolutely historic moment, when every remaining nation, tribe, people and language are on the verge of hearing the Good News.
We are so grateful to those of you who have chosen to partner with us prayerfully and/or financially. Thank you for your faithfulness … your votes of confidence … your words of encouragement that meant more than you’ll ever know.
If you’ve been keeping score, you know we were about two-thirds of the way to our budget goal at last report. So what happened? A few more partnerships. A continuing conversation with Wycliffe. And a growing conviction to take a risk that’s not really a risk at all: invest the resources we have into something eternal.
So, it’s time. We’re footing the final one-third of our budget partially through some continued freelance work by me, partially through Lauren’s job and partially through a pension that, a year ago, we didn’t even know would be available now.

Focus adjustment

For the first 10 verses of Psalm 77, the writer laments that God has forgotten him. It’s dismal. Bleak. Here’s a sampling from verses 7-8:
Has the Lord rejected me forever?
Will he never again be kind to me?
Is his unfailing love gone forever?
Have his promises permanently failed?

But then … the Psalmist snaps out of it and remembers exactly who God is. His deeds. His power. His glory. The rest of the psalm serves as rebuttal to the first part.
For the past year, I’ve kept verse 19 of this schizophrenic psalm written on the whiteboard in our home office. In the midst of remembering how God led his people out of Egypt, the writer says:
Your road led through the sea,
your pathway through the mighty waters—
a pathway no one knew was there!

I think most missionaries go through periods when it feels like God has forgotten about them. And then, as Forrest Gump would say, "God showed up." Actually that’s bad theology. He’s been there all along. We’re the ones who need the occasional focus adjustment.
God opened this opportunity for us with Wycliffe. He waited for us to take yet another leap of faith. And then he showed us a pathway no one knew was there.

None of which should surprise us by now.
"But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if he doesn’t come through."

— Francis Chan, Crazy Love

Commissioning service

Our church, First Free Rockford, has scheduled a commissioning service for us on Sunday, Nov. 3. It will be part of the Chapel worship service at 10:30 a.m. If you're in Rockford, we'd love for you to attend!

There's still time
If you’d still like to partner financially with us, we would love to have you on our team. We are still finalizing our numbers with Wycliffe, so your regular partnership or even occasional giving does matter a lot. To partner with us, click the button below.

Remember, this is much more than “support.” You are truly on a historic mission with us, helping reach every living language with God’s Word in the next 6 years. 

Serving together,

Jim and Lauren

Top image: Sunset at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo by Jim Killam.
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