Dear Friends in Christ,
Thank you so much for your interest, encouragement and prayer support! It has now been 9 months since I resumed my ministry with Emmanuel International. The Lord has been greatly helping me with the challenges of leading a global organization of wonderful people in many countries. But there is a ton of work ahead, to get us all more focused and excellent, and to extend our ministry to many more needy countries, churches and people.
I have deliberately avoided airports these past few months, to complete work on a vital 15-page Policy Manual that significantly update’s EI’s guiding principles and organizational structure. Not the most dazzling activity to write about – but it has HUGE implications for future ministry, and that gets me REALLY excited! And I am happy to report that after working on this night and day since the beginning of the year, the new document has been approved by the Board of Directors – and now goes to the Membership for ratification this week. I believe God is at work among us, and a new day for Emmanuel International is about to dawn.
May I please ask for your special prayers these next few days. I am organizing an all-day Board Meeting on Friday, and really feel the need for God’s help. Most of all, please join me in praying that the Lord will show us all clearly what HE wants us to do.
This has been a season of reorganization… and now the season of ACTION has arrived! Which includes airports again… In July, a week in England with EI’s many UK friends; followed by a week in Uganda. I will be taking a video guy with me to shoot a mini-documentary about the needs and opportunities among the Acholi people of northern Uganda, where EI has been serving for 25 years. These precious people have suffered years of war and unspeakable atrocity, and are now settling down and trying to resume normal life. What an opportunity for God’s people to help! Stay tuned for updates in coming weeks.
Thank you once again for your encouragement, prayer and financial support. May God continue to richly bless you and yours.
In His service,
Doug (& Beulah)
P.S. Beulah is off to Chicago on Wednesday to visit some of her clan. I’ll join her there on Saturday for a wedding event, and speak at the Filipino church on Sunday. The next big wedding after that is our very own Beverly, on August 13 - less than 8 weeks to go!