A trip to Seattle this past week resulted in positive steps forward for ministry development. On Tuesday and Wednesday I was the guest of a couple of long term missionaries, who have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, and 50 years as career missionaries with SIM.
I went looking for advice, and to have them help me tear my ministry proposal apart and look for the holes, and to hopefully avoid running into dead ends, and find out what has been done in the past, what worked, what didn't.
It was also a time of amazing fellowship and finding common connections. I came away greatly encouraged with one particular insight: the need to carefully define what needs to be done, and target the one thing that will make the difference, like finding the stone that triggers the avalanche. And recognizing the need for at least a year of research along with initial development. This meeting affirmed for me the advice of Proverbs 19:21, "Many are the plans of a man's heart, but the counsel of the Lord will stand."
Following this I met with some friends to share my ministry vision. It was to be an information only lunch, but they came prepared to make an initial donation to my support. It was beyond my expectations, and was almost like a benediction on the direction in which God is leading me. A second visit with other friends resulted in the offer of support without my even asking or presenting the need.
So progress is being made toward development of a support team, and I am reminded how much I need to learn to depend on our Lord to provide at each step.