From Our President
New Director for Africa
Dear Friend of Foreign Missions,
Thank you for your partnership that provides opportunities for many thousands of precious people all over the world to find peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. After the gospel is preached as a witness to all nations, then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). Because of your participation in an endeavor of this magnitude, your sacrificial offerings are meaningful, not only to all the staff here at Christian Aid, but also to our glorious heavenly Father and Christ Jesus.
God is intimately involved in the work of this ministry, directing help from generous donors in developed countries to the family of believers in less fortunate nations. Many of these brothers and sisters are in Africa.
For the past 20 years, Rae Burnett has helped Christian Aid fulfill this task. In November, she decided to leave Christian Aid so she could devote the rest of her life to teaching doctrines that had become increasingly important to her in recent years. She had been a vital part of Christian Aid and a close friend. I wondered who could replace her.
We at Christian Aid began praying for a new Africa Director. Though we as believers request help from God as we pray in faith, it is still amazing how superbly He answers.
Gary Darcus was not looking for a change. At 58, he was content with his job for over 10 years with another missionary organization. The Africa Director position at Christian Aid Mission had not been advertised, but a close friend of Gary’s knew of the need and called him. A believer for 41 years, Gary said he would take it to God in prayer. He felt God impressing on him the great need at Christian Aid for an experienced worker in this field, one who knew Africa, its people, and what was required of an Africa Director. Gary met all those requirements, having visited 26 countries as he traveled the length and breadth of that continent from South Africa to Ethiopia.
Gary discussed a possible transition to this new position with his wife, Krista, who is also his prayer partner and best friend. Together they felt God directing him to Christian Aid. Since the age of 13, Gary has been drawn to serve in Africa. At that time he began having a recurring dream of a large gathering in Africa where an indigenous evangelist was preaching. Decades later he was in Uganda assisting in a crusade of the same type he had dreamed about as a boy. He realized he was exactly where God wanted him to be.
It took a few years for those dreams to become reality. Gary took a detour and became an athlete of worldwide prominence. He played basketball but felt that was not the sport for him, then switched to track and found his niche in high hurdles. He was actually competing at the 1976 Olympic trials when a torn hamstring prevented him from going forward in the trials and perhaps even on to the Olympics. Although his disappointment was intense, after a time of healing Gary returned to competition. In 1980 he was recognized at Madison Square Garden as one of the four best hurdlers in the world. His presence there that day was a high point in his life, but it was on the other side of the finish line that he experienced a greater sense of purpose. In the midst of the shouts and applause from the enthusiastic audience, total silence overcame him and he could no longer hear the accolades of the crowd. During that time of silence he heard the voice of God say, “I have called you to a different race.”
From that moment on Gary changed the direction of his life. He was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading to support African missionaries as they shared the gospel with their own people. Gary has no doubt that for this season in his life Christian Aid is exactly where God wants him to be. And we here at Christian Aid are blessed to have him. We know you will join with us in welcoming Gary to our staff. We expect great things from him – all for the glory of God, who brought him to us.
In gratitude to our Lord and to you,
P.S. Please don´t forget to put this month´s Prayerline in your Bible or devotional area, giving supplication for all the ministries highlighted this month to our Heavenly Father, who is faithful to hear and answer.
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