2012 is here! And the blogosphere is buzzing with New Year’s resolutions, end-of-the-world theories, and political campaign predictions. With the holidays behind us, society’s focus has shifted a little more toward personal weight loss goals and a little less toward feeding the hungry.
But of course, hunger never takes a holiday.
I’m sure many people in the countries we serve are simply grateful they’ve survived to see the new year, because there were times when they would have had no hope if not for the support from our donors. 2011 brought many hardships – from the Horn of Africa drought to the floods in the Philippines – but our overseas ministry partners served faithfully and will continue to serve faithfully in 2012.
The move from December 31st to January 1st isn’t really any different from other passages of days, except for the meaning we impose on it – in this case, a sense of new beginnings and second chances and the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes through our lives. Here at Cross, we’re firing on all cylinders as we prepare for a new season and as we look ahead to the continuing needs of the poor and determine how we can be a relevant force for change, materially and spiritually, in their lives. As always, we plan to offer lots of fantastic outreach opportunities, and I believe that with your help, we’re going to bless a lot of people.
Please pray that God will continue to prosper our efforts in 2012 as we carry the good news of Jesus Christ to the poorest of the poor in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.