A letter from Rachelle
As I think about gathering with you all next month, I wonder about the churches and ministries you have been called to lead. What story is God writing in your ministry journey and in the lives of those you serve? What joys are you celebrating and what challenges are you facing? Are you experiencing a season of abundance and victory, or of scarcity and struggle?
When I first started working in ministry, it didn’t take long before I questioned my calling. Overwhelmed by obstacles, conflicts, and an unexpected sense of loneliness, I reasoned that either I had misheard God’s call for me, or that I had somehow lost his blessing and favour. I still remember the words of a wise mentor at that time: “When God calls us into ministry, He doesn’t promise that we will have success. But he does promise that we will always have his presence.”
In the years since then, I have held on to that promise, reminding my soul to find its deepest joy and hope to persevere in the sweetness of Christ’s presence, rather than in visible measures of outward success. When I feel defeated or cynical, or just worn down, He speaks this invitation to me: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me” (John 15:4).
I pray that each of us will be refreshed and encouraged as we enjoy the richness of our Saviour’s life-giving presence together at Reignite. I’m so looking forward to worshipping with you then!
Grace and peace,