Just as God commissioned Joshua with this call to the Promised Land, so God calls us toward our future location. Remember that the context of this Word comes right after the death of Moses. Our context is much less traumatic…I’m no Moses and I’m not expecting to kick the bucket yet!
I love this Word of the Lord because of the emphasis on courage and trust. The Israelites were called to trust the Lord. God knew where they were going even if they didn’t know it at the time.
This is precisely where we find ourselves today. Elder John Elting’s detailed status report in this month’s News You Can Use, helpfully narrates how God has opened doors earlier than we imagined. Can you believe we are at this point of our journey? Do you trust that the Lord is leading us through our elders? I’m so glad you do!
We know the happy ending of the Joshua story with the Israelites. While they came through many trials and temptations, the Lord ultimately led them to a land flowing with “milk and honey.” I’m equally certain that God has our permanent site in mind and that our leadership will be led by the Lord to find it!
Now I want you to do something for me. Write down the date, April 23, 2017, and the time of 10.00 a.m. This is our special celebration of our ministry in this place. Everyone needs to receive God’s gracious, “Amen!” in recognition of all the support for this building and its ministry. We will celebrate with those who joined when we built the first building along with partners who stood by us every step of the way.
I also need you to pray for our future. Pray for a closing of the sale which benefits buyer and seller alike. Pray for a successful signing of a temporary contract for a place where we will temporarily worship while looking for a permanent site. Finally, pray for a permanent location which will help us complete our missional outreach into the community of Federal Way and the world. If you do these things the scripture will be fulfilled…
“For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.”
Joshua 1:8c NRSV.
With love, excitement and appreciation,