2021 In Review
I write to you this last letter of the year with gratefulness. Thank you for supporting the work of this ministry. It’s a unique ministry; we try to highlight the work of other Christians and explain why their work is important. Even though we don’t create all that content ourselves, it takes time, effort, and money to run, and that’s why I’m grateful that you’ve joined us.
We began this ministry with Issue #1 on April 2, 2021. As I write this 40th letter which will go out on December 31, 2021, we have over 230 members. That’s incredible! From zero to 230 in less than a year! Not only that, but the website has had thousands of views this year, and the social media accounts have dozens of followers and interactions this year. I’m so encouraged that this ministry is making an impact.
We also have recently started a Bible Study with, Youtube, a podcast, and the blog. If you haven’t checked them out, check it out when the next one is out. They have been somewhat irregular. I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to keep up a weekly cadence, but family, job, and other ministry duties keep me busy.
We also have a few recurring paying members and a few people who have given one-time donations. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This ministry is not free to run and we have some features we’d like to add, such as an audio version of our issues and comments for paying members, but those features cost money. If you enjoy this content and have the means, we would be so honored if you consider supporting us. Membership has several perks if you’d be so kind as to take a look.
Thank you for being a part of this from our very first year, and here’s to a great 2022.
Things You Can Pray About
- That this ministry continues to grow and people grow in their faith through it.
- That we find new ways to defray costs while adding new features.
- That we continue to grow spiritually and God is manifest in our personal lives and communities.
A Prayer for 2022
Father God, thank you for your provision this year. There has been tremendous suffering worldwide and we have struggled with disease, depression, and financial insecurity. We pray that your people would be sustained by your grace no matter their circumstances. May your kingdom come, and your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Draw us closer to you this year. Amen.
Read and Reflect 📖
As Christians, we believe hope is an important part of our shared faith as well as our personal walk. But Scripture suggests something more radical: Hope is not the privilege of the naturally optimistic; it is the responsibility of all who believe. Hope is the means by which we align not simply our plans but also ourselves with God. It is how we move toward the future he is preparing for us in order to join him there.
Anderson’s article really made me think. How can we not only passively hope in the future we are promised, but actively work to bring people hope now?
But trusting God with the future does not mean denying our present difficulties or ceasing to plan for the future ourselves. Just as we must avoid shallow positivity, we must also avoid fatalism, especially when clothed in spiritual language.
The present life is, as Anderson says, a blip on eternity, but every moment matters. How can we labor to bring hope because God has secured our future hope? In other words, our future is secure and we don’t have to worry about it, so what can we do now, without fear of the future, that we wouldn’t do otherwise?
- Turning of Days: Lessons from Nature, Season, and Spirit | Hannah Anderson (Affiliate Link) 📚
- Made for More: An Invitation to Live in God's Image | Hannah Anderson (Affiliate Link) 📚