As we approach this new season, we do so remembering that God’s spirit has never stopped working, even in times of challenge. We give thanks for his faithful provision to CBM over these past few years and the protection he has given our global church partners and Field Staff who have remained steadfast through difficult times. Together, let us also remember and give thanks for the courageous men and women whom we lost during the pandemic and for their inspiring example of faithful service to God even amidst great risk.
Every day God calls us to come alongside him in his work of transforming lives and communities. We at CBM want to seize new opportunities to expand our reach and widen our partnership circle wherever we are needed and invited. Currently, we find ourselves collectively discerning the places and people he has called us to serve in this next phase of our work.
This past July, I was privileged to attend the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), with whom I serve as a volunteer Vice-President. This gathering at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama was the first one held by the BWA in over two years. It was inspiring to renew and make new connections with church leaders from around the globe and hear the stories of God at work in their local communities over these past years. It was clear to me that the Spirit has been actively at work, moving the Global Church to make an impact on some of the most significant issues of our time, including racial justice, displacement of people, environmental degradation, poverty and gender equity. Though global insecurity remains at an all-time high, we hold firm in the knowledge that Christ’s hope can transform even the darkest places through the witness of local churches on the ground.