What We Are Thankful for This Thanksgiving

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“…others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them…and in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” -2 Corinthians 9:13-15

Dear Friends and Partners,

Our team is feeling exceedingly grateful these days. Join us in thanking God for…

david-horecnyFor more than 25 years of serving at LRI, I am so thankful for the staff that God has called here. We’re a diverse group that’s not perfect, but through Christ, our leadership and staff strives to consider each other as more important than ourselves. I’m grateful for our Father’s provision through His children that have been called to partner with us, to the glory of God.  -David Horecny

tim henryI am thankful that I have a “ringside seat” that allows me to regularly hear about, be amazed and encouraged by what God is doing in the lives of individuals and in His Church through His powerful Word. What a blessing! -Tim Henry

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I am thankful to be with an organization filled with people so committed to God’s Word and His will for us and the ministry.–Kevin Halloran

patricio paredes I am thankful to the Lord for all our office staff. Without them my ministry of training pastors in Latin America would be difficult and lonely. Their backstage service and encouragement is greatly appreciated and much valued! I also thank the Lord for His Word, by which I am challenged, stimulated and corrected. His Word is the inspiration and motivation for my life and ministry! -Patricio (Pat) Paredes

gloria twietmeyerI’m so thankful for God granting me 24 years in his service with LRI. God has provided in so many ways this year. Jobs and housing for family members. Super coworkers, young and old. Pastor testimonies from all over the world of God’s transforming power as a result of the faithful teaching of His Word. -Gloria Twietmeyer

paul adams I’m thankful for God’s Spirit, who, even in the midst of the work, keeps working on my heart and drawing me to Him. I’m thankful for a family of brothers and sisters at LRI, whom I enjoy sharing life with at the office. I’m thankful for supporting friends who, through their generosity, give me the opportunity to do the work the Lord has graciously given me to do. -Paul Adams

todd kelly I thank the Lord that He has allowed us to serve Him alongside the rest of the staff at LRI. He has privileged us to see so much as he transforms lives through His powerful Word. -Todd Kelly

phil smith I work with an incredible team at LRI. Even as we poke fun at each other and have to forgive each other’s unfortunate foibles, I’m thankful God has brought some very gifted individuals to LRI who seek to serve God’s Church by training pastors to proclaim God’s Word faithfully.-Phil Smith

melanie inglandI thank God daily for giving me the privilege to serve him in a place that utilizes the abilities He gave me, with servants that serve him with passion, in an environment that feels like family and that leaves an eternal impact. He is giving me the greatest gift—allowing me to do what I do here, surrounded by these people. -Melanie Ingland

dick albrightI am thankful for God’s calling and faithful provision throughout 35 years of overseas ministry, the last 6 of which have been mentoring pastors around the world. From the loss of three children before birth to the provision of tuition for three children in college at the same time, God’s supply has never come up short. He can be trusted to keep his promises. -Dick Albright

sean martinI’m very grateful for our move from Canada this year to join the team at LRI here in Chicago. It was a long wait, but definitely worth it! Looking back, it is amazing to see how the Lord made this happen, and we are thankful. -Sean Martin

tom hillI am thankful that we are a ministry that has set aside daily times for prayer and often small groups of staff can be seen praying about some specific needs. -Tom Hill

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Amy and I are so grateful that as God has grown and deepened LRI, so too He has grown and deepened us. It is a joy to serve Him alongside the men and women of LRI. -Joe Paglia

 

Our Thanksgiving appeal this year centers on our staff. Several have received short paychecks this year. Would you please consider a gift to our Staff Emergency Fund so that we might bless them at year-end? (Follow the link, select “Other” for the Designation, and enter “Staff Emergency Fund.”)

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift,

Craig ParroCraig Parro
President of Leadership Resources

PS: As you see, our team is especially grateful for you—those who pray and give, overflowing as Paul says, “in many expressions of thanks to God”. Thank you for spurring us on to thanksgiving! Might the Lord fill your hearts with gratitude this Thanksgiving.

Encouraged to Encourage: A Glimpse Into How God’s Word Transcends Culture

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A recent training session for Central Asian pastors left one pastor, named Stan*, clearly agitated.

He, and he alone, had been chosen time and again to provide encouragement for each of his peers after they presented a five-minute practice sermon.

The look on Stan’s face made it look like he was thinking, “Why do you keep making me do this!?”

Even though he’s the president of a major denomination and a leader of leaders, Stan struggles to provide encouragement partially due to his cultural background. Providing encouragement is not natural or common among his people.

He reluctantly stumbled through giving encouragement as a result. As our study of 2 Timothy continued, his heart began to soften.

Paul’s message in 2 Timothy was basically, “Don’t give up Timothy! Keep going in ministry preaching the God-breathed Word, and God will sustain and reward you!

After a session that covered 2 Timothy 3:10-12 concluded, Stan stood up (a cultural sign of respect) without being called on and confessed,

“I’m really convicted by God’s Word. I’ve been struggling to give encouragement, but that’s what I’ve seen Paul do to Timothy in God’s Word. And if God’s Word is giving us encouragement, we need to do it for each other as well.”

This was an A-Ha! moment for Stan–a moment we see time and again as God speaks through His Word in the Training National Trainers program.

Stan now knows God’s profound desire for pastors to encourage other pastors in the ministry–and wants to be used by God to encourage others just like Paul encouraged Timothy.

This proved to be a watershed moment for both Stan and his group. After hearing a leader like Stan share his struggle and new desire to encourage others, his peers were moved to encourage as well.

*(Stan’s real name has been changed due to security issues.)


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A Prayer for a God-Honoring Work Life

Prayer for a God Honoring Workday

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24

Father, I come before you thankful that you have made work a part of life and given me the opportunity to glorify you in my work. Thank you that I can work hard and go to bed tired each day. Thank you for the good days and the difficult ones, and for the gifts you have given me to help this world be a better place through my work.

While I know work is good, I also know our work today isn’t what you intended and is often hard and frustrating. We all know sin’s consequences: toilsome labor, injustice, and trials caused by work; and also the pain of wanting work but not finding it. May these painful situations drive me to a deeper longing for the return of Christ and consummation of all things–including work.

May the gospel shape my work habits and attitude. Help me avoid the dual dangers of not working enough (laziness) and working too much (making work an idol). Help me to be a humble, teachable, hardworking, and complaint-free employee, even when doing the mundane tasks I’d rather avoid. May I work in faith and be motivated by a love for You and a love for those whom my work benefits.

Establish the work of my hands by helping me to be productive, patient, focused, and insightful. Keep me from distractions and from technology hindering my work instead of helping it. May your Spirit lead me in my work and help me to be joyful, creative, productive, and worshipful–constantly reminding me of your love and that you’re the reason I have breath in my lungs. Teach me to align my work, family, church life, and rest in a way that would maximize your glory and allow me to bear the most fruit for your kingdom.

Cause my work and attitude to adorn the gospel and shine the light of Christ into this dark world. Help me bless my workplace by living a salty, gospel-worthy life in front of my watching coworkers and help me honor my boss as I honor You.

Make my heart worship you and enjoy you throughout the day, knowing that you are the reason for breath in my lungs and the One I am really serving.

And as I work, fix my eyes on Jesus and His finished work of on the cross that gave me treasure I could not earn, rest that I could not otherwise experience, and a living hope that will fuel me to work for the glory of God.

Kevin Halloran is the Content Strategist at Leadership Resources and on the Latin America Training Team. Follow Kevin on Twitter.

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