Last month when I was at OCAMPR, a young lady introduced herself,
“Are you Geoff? I’m Moriah, and I’ve been wanting to meet you! I heard you do missionary care, and that’s exactly what I want to do!” It was so meaningful to realized that our work is blazing a trail that others, like Marina, can envision themselves on. How cool is that!
As I’ve been reflecting on 2018, a refrain from an old hymn, keeps coming to mind.
A lot has happened in 2018—far more than I could have even imagined a year ago.The biggest milestones include:
completing the requirements for a second degree ending eight years of study!
1,000th client contact hour needed to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Kriss taking her qualifying exams (as you read this email)--she’s been reading a book a day for six months to prepare.
Receiving a competitive grant and hiring a research team to help analysis my multi year research project on missionary resiliency.
There’s been a lot of momentum with missionary care with OCMC too. The most significant was the invitation to share at the OCMC board meeting in November.
I’ll send another email next week sharing about doors that are opening in 2019 and how you can get involved. When I began working at OCMC 12 years ago, I never imagined sharing the dreams I’m going to be sharing with you next week!
I want to end with a sincere thank you. We couldn’t have done this year without the support of others. Some of that support has been simple—a short prayer, a quick reply to an email, a sincere question about how we’re doing. Some of it has been significant—a number of donors have given faithfully to make this ministry dream a reality (2018 was the first year I didn’t need to take any payroll reductions/cuts from lack of funds!).
Whatever you’ve done, be it sacrificial or simple, I’m grateful.You’ve helped to blaze a trail that I couldn’t have even imagined was a possibility a year ago. I can’t wait to tell you more about this next week.
Our St. Herman Webinar will be next Thursday (12/13) at 12:00 (EST).
the three key relationships for missionary resiliency that I found in the research. The third one was a real surprise.
my 1+5 Ps framework for helping missionaries—which you can use to help someone in your life today.
I’ll also answer your questions about missionary care.
What are your 1 or 2 biggest questions about our ministry?