Another IAS well begins to show its deep, clean, and cool waters.
“Why does this well always have water?”
“Because IAS digs deeper than the others.”
Last month I had the pleasure of attending a set of meetings in Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of the meetings was to outline IAS’ global strategy for the coming four years. In attendance were people from 12 countries including: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Niger, and (a fun one to pronounce) Djibouti.
Before every meeting session, the entire group of 30 people would worship together. I love singing songs of worship in cultures different from my own. Here are a couple of lines from one of the songs that I loved:
When Jesus came down; He came down from Heaven
When He landed; He landed in Israel
But when there was trouble; He came down to Africa
So we must praise Him; Praise Him in an African way!
I don’t think I will be able to read about Jesus’ family’s escape to Egypt in Matthew, chapter 2 the same way again. And the rhythm and excitement in the room when the song was sung was incomparable!
In addition to great times in worship, there were countless stories of how God is working in the lives of so many. In the coming months, I plan to share some of the powerful encounters God is having with people through IAS and those connected with the organization.
LUKE 5:4 (NIV)
“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.””
Committed IAS staff from across Africa gathered for strategic planning in Kenya.
The theme of the meeting was, “We Dig Deeper.” It came from an exchange that an IAS worker recently overheard. One Sudanese man standing at a well during dry season asked another, “Why does this well always have water?” and the response from the other man was, “Because IAS digs deeper than the others.”
I can, myself, attest to IAS making the extra effort to ensure the wells they drill fully reach the water table even in times of drought. But this statement also says more about the ethos of the organization.
Motivated by God’s love for each of us, IAS seeks to go deep in relationship with the communities it serves even as it goes wider in mission.
Future direction for the organization includes expansion into the Middle East and North Africa where clean water, business development and healthcare deficits are as great as the spiritual needs.
IAS’ vision for a Godly, transformed society will be realized slowly, but your partnership helps speed the work and sustains the gains.
Thank you for deep commitment to God’s work through IAS. Your support helps us go deeper.
Over the coming years, IAS is seeking open doors to expand God’s Kingdom in some of the darkest and neediest areas of the world, but in each community, the plan is to go deep. Please keep us in your prayers.
President, IAS America
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