We are rapidly approaching ending another year. I say rapidly, because I am aware mostly in what we have yet to do as a mission, and it is a bit yet, and how I am losing touch with the holidays that are involved.
Going in to 2022, we have a lot of irons in the fire. What I love about ministry is also what makes planning and predicting the future difficult...people. Plans are great...but they all depend on people.
This hospital expansion could end up being bigger in scope/cost/involvement than every other construction project combined we have done in the last 20 years.
Already for Janaury 2022, the clinic will go from working 8-4 Monday to Friday, to 7-5 Monday to Saturday. That will tax the existing staff, and require adding more staff...a big leap on both fronts, and praying/planning some of the extra cost will be offset by seeing more patients. We should be hiring another pediatrician soon, and interviewing another medical doctor to train in optometry, not to mention nurses that will be trained to float in different areas.
I promise, the plans that seem to come up and grow year after year are not born of personal ambition or desire for more work, more people, more ministry. Some days, we already seem to have more than enough going on. But...this is not my ministry, and not using my vision. Some things are seasons, some things may not work, but we keep pushing forward trying to keep in step with the boss.
I think of Paul in Philippians 3 "...forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
May we finish this year, this day, this hour...straining forward to what God has ahead for us.
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