For the week of 4/22
An Update from T. (name hidden)
Days before the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan I was evacuated from the country. Since, I have been helping with ongoing work with Afghan refugees across the globe. In mid-December I started my home assignment seeking to rest and recover. During this season I have many opportunities to help serve by mobilizing believers to love the newly arrived Afghans here by being a neighbor to them. R and I are getting married in June and look forward to continuing in the work God has allowed us to do with Afghans.
An Update from the Reeds:
As I return to ministry from my sabbatical, I do so with mixed emotions. Diana and I have determined that now is the time for me to retire to the next chapter of ministry. Consequently, effective March 1, 2022, I am retiring from my ministry position as an area superintendent with the Great Lakes District. When I stroll down memory lane, I remember the church-planting ministry (South Suburban EFC) that began as a bible study in our home in January 1986, the construction of our church facility in December 1990, my serving as the senior pastor at South Suburban EFC for 16 years, my serving on the Great Lakes District staff from December 1999, my serving …. I must stop. My emotions are being significantly challenged! Your partnership over these years have been extraordinary. I shudder to think about what our ministry would have been like if you had not been our partner-in-ministry; if it were not for your consecrated prayer and generous financial support. Diana and I thank the Lord every time we remember you; every time we take a stroll down memory lane.
What’s next? Once again my emotions are being challenged. While the next chapter in our “retirement” is not clear, there is the consideration of some theological writing, teaching homiletics, certainly preaching as opportunities present themselves, ministry to our 12 grandkids and extended travel with my bride. (We celebrated our 52nd wedding anniversary 12/20/21.) We’re convinced that the Lord will make the next chapter in our “retirement” crystal clear in the near future. Your prayers are much appreciated.
We can never thank you enough. So once again we say “thank you” for the many years that you afforded Diana and me to serve the churches of the Great Lakes District that our Lord had entrusted to our care.
With the love of Christ
Diana and Bill Reed