The AOI Board met this past weekend to consider direction and set the budget for 2011. This January meeting is always vital as we seek the Lord together to discern His goals and budget for the year. We are so grateful for a Board that prays!
This year, we face a very real challenge, as year-end giving was substantially down. Since we already operate on a very “lean” budget, cutting expenses by much would be detrimental to our ability to reach people with the truth of creation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore, after prayer and consideration of Scripture, the Board determined to move ahead, trimming where we can, but trusting in the Lord and focusing our efforts on the ministry He lays before us.
Psalm 127 says: “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” This is God’s work. If we attempt to do it apart from Him, it is all in vain. However, we also have a part to play – we must build and we must watch [be on guard].
Isaiah 40:21-31 reminds us that God is Creator; He is in control and does not grow weary. As we wait [hope or trust] on Him, He will renew our strength. Then we will “run and not be weary” and “walk and not faint.” In other words, we will have strength both for the “sprints” and the long haul.
The battle rages around us. Please pray that all of us at AOI will continue to look to the LORD, put our hope in HIM, and walk out each day, doing exactly what HE shows us without fainting or turning back.
Mary Jo Nutting
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