Dear Friends in Christ,
This is a challenging and exciting time in Christian Aid’s 60 year history. As you may have read in my husband Bob Finley’s letter that was mailed with January’s Prayerline, at the November 2012 Annual Meeting of the Board of Directors, I was elected president of Christian Aid. Though I have worked with the Mission for 42 years, I was not expecting this turn of events. In fear and trembling I went to the Lord for help. He assured me through Isaiah 41:10 that I need not fear because He is with me, and I need not be dismayed because He is my God. That He would strengthen me; help me; and uphold me with the right hand of His righteousness – FOR HIS GLORY.
We appreciate Rev. Randolph Vaught serving a one year term as our President following Bob’s retirement in 2011. Randy was a long-time Board member of Christian Aid and pastored a Baptist church which he founded in Kentucky. I’m sure many of you were blessed by his pastoral letters concerning God’s power, praying for the nations, honoring indigenous missions, and being a blessing to all. Please pray for Randy and his precious wife Vicki as they pursue the ministry to which God has called them.
It’s not uncommon that finding the right leadership for an organization following the retirement of the founder may take some time. The Board has appointed a search committee to seek a long-term president for us. In the meantime, I am leading the Mission along with a Leadership Advisory Council made up of senior staff, all of whom have been with Christian Aid for more than 15 years.
Together we are excited about the future of the Mission and believe that with God’s help and your support we can move forward. We understand our role is to identify, evaluate, make known and financially support the Lord’s servants based in lands of poverty and persecution. We seek out those whose primary purpose is to reach unevangelized nations with the gospel of Christ. We want to involve you in this work too and are seeking more ways to do so. My husband, the founder of Christian Aid, taught us well. We thank God for giving him the vision and enabling him to begin a paradigm shift in the way missionary work is done. Our goal remains the same: establish a witness for our Lord among all kindreds, tongues, tribes and nations and thus hasten His return.
To God be the glory,
P.S. Now in his 91st year, Bob stays at home most of the time and is available to give me counsel. See his January letter introducing me by clicking here