December 10, 2013

I Will Strengthen You and Help You

By Brittany Tedesco

Honestly, I don´t know where the time has gone. I find it tough to believe an entire year has almost passed under Cynthia Finley´s leadership—perhaps because time flies when you´re having fun. This year for Christian Aid has been unprecedented in growth and blessing. How fitting it is also the same year we celebrate 60 years of ministry.

Wife of Christian Aid founder, Bob Finley, Cynthia has worked with the Mission for more than 42 years, personally interacting with thousands of donors and hundreds of ministry leaders. She´s even traveled throughout the world to visit Christian Aid-assisted ministries. But despite her knowledge, experience, and dedication to the work, her election by the board of directors as president a little over a year ago was unexpected to everyone—most of all to her.

Shocked and humbled, she took all of her doubts, fears, and questions to the Lord.

Lovingly, He led her to Isaiah 41:10: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

He would do all of this for her, she felt Him whisper to her spirit, “for My glory.”

Though she´d only been elected as interim president until a search committee could find a permanent one, she was determined to lead the Mission in God´s strength and for His glory no matter how many or few her days as president might be.

Armed with a promise and perspective from the Lord, she stepped into her new role at the beginning of the year. And what a year it has been. Every need she´s taken to God, and He has been swift to answer.

So often she´s stood in front of the staff with tears of gratitude for what the Lord is doing in and through Christian Aid. Her words and prayers manifest faith, multiplied through the experience of God´s provision in a role she didn´t feel qualified to fill.

From someone “without leadership capabilities,” I´ve seen only the opposite. She´s added wonderful people to our staff, and created an environment in which we all flourish. She´s aware of her limitations and consults with those whose strengths complement her where she´s weakest.

Christian Aid´s board of directors met again on November 22. Unanimously, they voted to reelect Cynthia as president. “There is no longer a search underway for the next president,” wrote one board member. “We have found her.”

Good leaders are rare—and easy to recognize. My personal opinion is that Cynthia is one of them because God blesses those who walk humbly before Him. Thank you, Cynthia, for doing so. And congratulations!