As I write this, I am acutely aware that it was one year ago this week that our journey into COVID-19 began. As I look back on the last 12 months, I am overwhelmingly grateful for God’s faithfulness in ALL things.
It became apparent very quickly that it would be impossible to continue equipping at the Mid-Pacific Equipping Center. Likewise, hundreds of planned National Seminars were cancelled across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Just as quickly, the God of the impossible, the Creator, ignited our imaginations with a vision of what might be possible. And so, we went to work, crafting the plan for the journey ahead.
He had gone before us! Many initiatives in process had already laid a foundation to build upon to create the “new,” allowing equipping to continue – both the International Haggai Leader Experience and the National Seminars.
Isaiah 43:16, 18-19 comes to mind: “Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters . . . Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
And make a WAY, He did! Here is what has happened this year, and what is planned for the next 12 months:
- 4 Virtual Haggai Leader Experiences (VHLE) – 107 leaders
- 1 Mandarin VHLE – 41 Leaders
- 88 National Seminars – 1,982 leaders; 49 countries hosting; leaders from 74 nations
- 4 VHLEs began January 2021 – 93 leaders
- 8 VHLEs begin May 2021 – 260 leaders
- 8 VHLEs begin September 2021 – 320 Leaders
- 4 in-person sessions January – March 2022, Mid-Pacific Equipping Center; 120 leaders (Pray with us that we will be able to hold these sessions.)
- 12 VHLEs begin January 2022 – 480 leaders
Recently I picked up Dr. John’s Bible and turned to Hebrews 10:35-37:
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, my will, you may receive what is promised.
Beneath this Scripture, I found these words written, “Faith in the God of the Impossible – the common denominator.” We have confidence; we endure; we have faith! BECAUSE we know the God of the impossible will come through – HE ALWAYS DOES!
For the Gospel,
Dr. Bev Upton Williams
CEO, Haggai International