“Walking along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers: Simon (later called Peter) and Andrew. They were fishing, throwing their nets into the lake. It was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.” [Matthew 4:19 MSG]
The very life of the “Mission Central an Unfolding Story” is the total reliance on the leading of the Holy Spirit. We have seen the hand of God unfolding this story from the very beginning. Going forward, the Board of Directors and I anticipate God’s hand to continually lead as we still ourselves to be aware and attuned to the movement of the Spirit.
Can you imagine the scene described by Matthew as Jesus invited Simon and Andrew to follow him? Matthew says, “They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.” To do such a thing is counter to our cultural norms. Our culture demands one must ask questions, plan and strategize, anticipating every contingency. Yet, most often, things never turn out as we planned. To truly live in the Spirit is to let go and let God lead us to places of service beyond our wildest imagination.
In anticipation of God’s leading, we will maintain sound business practices to carry out our mission to connect God’s resources with human need. Yet, as subsequent pages and chapters are unfolding, Mission Central must continue to remain nimble to move with the Spirit. I believe and trust that by dropping our nets and following, God will indeed equip us to fulfill the call.
I believe the Spirit will lead us to have the capability to maintain the professional standards of this warehouse and efficiently use every square foot. Certainly, God will continue to lead us to work locally and internationally through our various partners. The Spirit is already leading us to dream of ways we can make a greater difference as Mission Central right here in Central Pennsylvania. Much of our continued unfolding story will include an increase in mission education opportunities to connect resources and need.
Join our story. Discern where God is leading you to participate in the unfolding story of Mission Central.
PRAYER: Leading and equipping God, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, be upon the Board of Directors, the staff, and volunteers that we all may have the faith and courage to drop our nets allowing You to use us as Your instruments of transformation. Unfold Mission Central’s story as a way to share the good news that we continue to be a place where valuable resources are connected to the human need of every one of your precious children. This we pray in the life giving, ever flowing, name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
(Rob Visscher, Executive Director)
June 8, 2016 God Will Unfold the Next Chapter (downloadable .pdf)