Part of God’s Bigger Story

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Dear Friends and Partners,

I hate to wait. Long lines…or driving behind a too-slow car… or waiting for a website to load. Louise keeps reminding me, “be patient Craig!”

But, sometimes waiting is more than merely inconvenient…sometimes it’s agonizing. Waiting…for your loved one in surgery…for a job offer to come…for a wayward child to turn to the Lord…

Before the first Christmas, God’s people suffered and waited. Elizabeth and Zechariah were waiting for God to answer their prayers for a child (perhaps it was too late, or so it seemed). Simeon was waiting “for the consolation of Israel” because life in the Promised Land was full of sorrow. Anna spoke to all who were “waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” while the city was run by the over-rulers of Rome.

All of God’s people were waiting for Messiah. But it had been so very long. There had not been a son of David on the throne for almost 600 years. God had not spoken through the prophets for more than 400 years. Israel had been under foreign domination the whole time. How long would they have to wait until God came?

At last he came, almost sneaking into our world. What a motley crew God used!

  • Zechariah, a priest who refused to believe what the angel told him.
  • Elizabeth, a barren old woman.
  • John, an odd recluse.
  • Mary, an unmarried teenager.
  • Anna, a widow for 84 years.
  • Simeon, an old man ready to die.

They each discovered what they were really waiting for: for God to weave their stories into his Story.

What an amazingly gracious God…to include us in his Story. This year you have been a part of God’s story at Leadership Resources. You’ve prayed, you’ve volunteered, and you’ve given. Our team thanks God for you and wishes you a very Merry Christmas, as together we wait and work until He comes again.

With much gratitude in Christ our Lord,

craig-parroCraig Parro

President

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Craig Parro

Since joining Leadership Resources International in 1989, Craig directed its international ministry, and as of January 2010, he now serves as President. A graduate of TEDS (M.A., Mission), Craig is a stimulating teacher and has equipped and encouraged pastors and churches throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia. Craig also serves on the Board of Directors of TOPIC (Trainers of Pastors International Coalition), an association of pastoral training organizations focused on accelerating pastoral training worldwide. Craig has authored articles appearing in several magazines. His first book, Unlikely Warriors, was published in 1992. He is also co-author of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout.