31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
(Matthew 6:31-34 MSG)
I remember as if it were yesterday, the day back in 2008 when I first heard about Mission Central from my District Superintendent, who was aware of my passion for mission. I was asked if I would serve as the Scranton District Representative to the Mission Central Board of Managers. Without hesitation, I agreed, and I remember how my heart was stirred by the Spirit as I heard about, visited and then participated in the work of Mission Central.
Fast-forward to October 1, 2010, which was my first day as the fourth Executive Director for Mission Central that was in its eighth year of operation. I remember the day being very chaotic, as staff and volunteers prepared for the Mission and Marketplace event. In my first days and weeks, the magnitude of Mission Central’s responsibilities, obligations and possibilities weighed heavily on my heart.
In those early months, I experienced many sleepless nights. I was fearful about my capabilities to lead the organization in the direction it must go, although God had been preparing me for this leadership role over the course of my life. I worried that the support would not come in to meet the demands of increased staffing and infrastructure costs.
Thankfully, my faith and trust in God has carried me through. I continue to reflect on my early mentors and scripture and am reminded daily, that when God calls us and we respond affirmatively, God is faithful to equip and empower us no matter how daunting the task may seem.
Through my tenure thus far, I have seen the hand of God providing in miraculous ways for the needs of Mission Central and to those to whom we minister. I no longer worry or fret as I trust fully that God will provide. I cannot say that of every minute, for I do have my momentary lapses…then God reminds me I am not in control and that God always leads the way. It has become the culture, engrained in our DNA, to expect and trust fully in God’s provision. Join us on the journey to connect God’s resource with human need.
PRAYER: O God, we give thanks that You both call and equip us to do the work of discipleship in our chaotic world. Forgive us our momentary lapses and strengthen our faith so that we may be attuned to Your guidance and direction in our lives. AMEN.
(Rob Visscher, Executive Director of Mission Central)
September 30, 2015: Fussing to Trusting (downloadable pdf)