The eV&B Bulletin

A Letter of Thanks to our Supporters

eV&B Bulletin: January 8, 2010

eVB logoEvery year as I take down our Christmas decorations and store them away, I find myself wondering about what changes I’ll see in my life before the next time I unpack those boxes. It is a time of meditation and reflection, a time of gratitude for the abundance of mercy and grace that have been granted me, and thanksgiving for another year of God’s provision. It is also a time to confront my fears of the future, and to try to put my trust in the right place.

I live under the assumption that the only problem in my life is me. I don’t worry over God’s faithfulness. Faithfulness is ingrained in God’s character; he cannot be unfaithful. I don’t worry over the devil. The devil does not have unlimited access to my life; he only has the access my sins grant him. The only thing I worry over is whether I will be faithful to discover and respond to God’s will for my life. If I take care of that, everything else will take care of itself.

Actually, I believe that is true for all of us. When we walk in the fear of the Lord, all our other fears dissipate.

Isaiah 8:13:
Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.

Workers Together With Him is now well into our eleventh year as an organization. Truth-fully, if the end had come in 2009, I would have been satisfied. The first ten years of WTWH far exceeded my expectations, and knowing myself, I honestly don’t think I could have done a better job. I think I took at least one and a half steps forward for every step backward, and that amounts to progress. The times I tried to jump ahead, I jumped into trouble. Even though it sounds like a cliché, our walk with God is best accomplished one step at a time.

I am continually – and I do mean continually – amazed by and grateful for people like you who support the efforts of this ministry. I think it’s safe to say that we all know that Workers Together With Him is never going to be a well-oiled machine that churns out Gospel product. We are never going to be able to put together a grand list of accomplishments to flaunt at year-end fund raisers. We are not going to be celebrated (that is to say, celebrities) in the religious community. Our field work is going to be done by hand, and not from inside the cab of an air-conditioned harvester.

2009 was a good – but "interesting" – year for this ministry. As far as I can tell, my January mission to Tanzania with Daniel Bucher was a success in every way. In February, we published my book In the Power of His Might, which I consider a much clearer and more reliable examination of the spiritual gifts than I was capable of previously. In March, my mission to Kenya with David Mantock was successful only in light of the very difficult conditions we faced – a religious community where the elders were embroiled in deception. In July, I had a marvelous appointment in Ireland with a group of young people hungry for spiritual truth.

A return to Tanzania was scheduled for the autumn months, but that mission was cancelled when my interpreter was obligated to attend another event. This cancellation occurred with such short notice that I was not able to reschedule a replacement mission. Then, in early November, I finally asked a doctor about some problems I was having with my foot, and I was put on a treatment plan that will keep me home until March.

As it turned out, I spent more hours in my office last year than I have for some time. Redesigning the web page of www.workerstogetherwithhim.org consumed an unbelievable amount of time, and the work is still underway. This is a project that I never really wanted to do. I realized there was so much that I’d have to learn and there was no fast-track for learning it. But in the end this was something that I felt I needed to do, and I hope that the website proves to be a valuable outreach tool. I’ve been working on a revision of my book If Ye Do These Things, Ye Shall Never Fall that I expect to complete before my travels resume.

On behalf of all the ministers of Workers Together With Him, and all of our friends in far-away places, I thank you for your contributions in 2009 that helped this work to continue. As always, I pray to prove worthy of your support. Thank you again.

In the service of His Majesty, the King of kings,
Rev. Tim Sullivan

P.S. I rarely receive much feedback – good or bad – on the work we are doing. I probably accept criticism better than I do praise, so please feel free to tell me your ideas on ways we could serve you better. Write to me here.

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