At the end of the book of Deuteronomy, there is a description of Moses that sounds daunting …”And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, in all the signs and the wonders, which the Lord sent him to do in the land of Egypt to Pharaoh….” (Deuteronomy 34:10-11)
As Claren and I begin this journey with you all at Pickens Baptist Association, we see the footprints of Dr. Farley, whose influence and witness has helped shape the leaders and churches within the PBA. At the annual meeting, we heard testimony after testimony of Dr. Farley’s mentoring, presence and help throughout his 20 years of service. I can imagine a little how Joshua felt as he was to be the new leader of the Jews, a little overwhelmed. As a matter of fact, the Lord came and spoke directly to him…”Therefore arise…as I was with Moses, so I will be with you, I will not fail you, nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” (Joshua 1:2, 5-6)
These words comfort and encourage me as Claren and I start our ministry with you. We understand that our task is not to undo nor erase what Dr. Farley and Miss Jacque did but to build upon the foundation which they and the other previous Director of Missions laid. May we be found faithful in doing so.
On another note, Claren and I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of your love and hospitality. Your hugs, smiles, meals, visits, love offerings, and phone calls are gratefully appreciated. These sincere expressions of concern have made us feel at home. Thank you!!
In the upcoming issues of the “Mind of the Missionary,” I hope you will get a better idea of what God is putting on my mind and heart to share with you.
Until next month…