by Wayne Freeman
Having been Director of Wycliffe New Zealand for almost 13 years, people have been asking me how it feels to be finishing. My feelings are mixed: some things I will miss and other things I am pleased to let go. This is not the real question for me but, rather, what is God saying to us? For some time now, as the Board will tell you, I have been saying it is time for ‘fresh eyes’ to be in the role, re-evaluating activities and building on the foundations laid down. But also bringing fresh perspectives and casting aside some of what has been done that is no longer relevant now that the context has changed.
Isaiah said it well:
I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands (Isaiah 43:19 CEV).
Caryl and I pray every blessing upon Robert and Leanne Lovatt as they bring their considerable gifting and experience to the New Zealand operations.
Caryl and I will continue to serve in Wycliffe New Zealand; it has been said that once Bible translation gets into your veins it never leaves!
There are many potential areas where we could both serve. The important thing, as a member of the Wycliffe team, is to work in our areas of strength and Robert will be having discussions with us both in due course. This is consistent with 1 Corinthians chapter 12 which I still find the most challenging chapter in the Bible—how to walk with our brothers and sisters in Christ in a manner that is pleasing to Him. As Scripture says, ‘But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that He decided is best’ (1 Corinthians 12:18, CEV).
Our first priority is always to find out what He wants and, if it is unclear, to humbly step forward in what we believe while looking for His guidance. Please pray that we will do that well in the times ahead.
Initially, I will serve as an associate to Robert, and Caryl will continue in Member Care.
Thank you to everyone who has helped Caryl and me over the years. So now it will continue but in a different role for me!