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Took this photo on my walk! The temperature was perfect for a short walk!!! Would love to take off early today!
 
This week I met with the Team Leaders for the Strategic Planning Session and I must tell you that I feel very blessed to have each of them leading their teams.  They are amazing people and I know that you will learn to love and appreciate each one of them. Here are some things that you will discover very quickly about each of these leaders:

*      They love Jesus, His Church, and the privilege to serve others
*      They are dependent on Divine wisdom and guidance to lead their group – you can count on them coming to the meeting pre-prayered!
*      They will do their best to make sure we are listening to the Holy Spirit and not to our own voices – what God wants; not what we want!
*      They will make sure that each Strategic Initiative that is recommended to the Board of Directors is focused on our mission – Reach BC & the Yukon with a Christ-center message of HOPE and WHOLENESS
*      They will do their best to keep you focused on the future and not the past
 
Please take time to read the following statements:
“. . . . . They are weak and powerless because they trust in their own strength. God works mightily for a faithful people who obey His word without questioning or doubt. The Majesty of heaven, with His army of angels, leveled the walls of Jericho without human aid. The armed warriors of Israel had no cause to glory in their achievements. All was done through the power of God. Let the people give up self and the desire to work after their own plans, let them humbly submit to the divine will, and God will revive their strength and bring freedom and victory to His children.” – {4T 164.1}  Pray that during the planning session we will humbly submit to God’s will for His Church
 
“We cannot follow Christ without wearing His yoke, without lifting His cross and bearing it after Him. If our will is not in accord with the divine requirements, we are to deny our inclinations, give up our wishes, and follow in Christ’s steps. The Lord does not encourage the most cherished plans of human beings if He sees they are not for the best good of His children. Sometimes His purposes come in direct opposition to the plans in which human beings cannot see a flaw.” – {ST June 29, 1904 Par. 7} Pray that we will have eyes to see and ears to hear! 
 
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Steps to Christ:
Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ. – {SC 70.1} 
 
Romans 15: 4b-7  (NLT) “. . . . . And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting the followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore, accept each other as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.”
 
My daily prayer is that we will be blessed to experience the leading of the Holy Spirit in discovering what God wants for His Church in BC and the Yukon.  See you soon!

A CALL TO PRAYER 

SABBATH, JANUARY 18, 2014 – PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT THE FOLLOWING IS SHARED FROM THE PULPIT AND THEN HAVE A SPECIAL PRAYER ON THESE TWO SABBATHS.
The Strategic Planning Session Objective: The main objective for the strategic planning session is to provide mission focused recommendations (based on the needs of our local churches and schools) to the British Columbia Conference Board of Directors

These recommendations will assist the Board of Directors as they vote on a Conference Strategy for the Conference Office Employees to help local churches & schools reach their communities for Jesus over the next four years.

Our Strategy will reflect the following: 

A.      Our Conference Mission Statement (To REACH British Columbia & the Yukon with a Christ-centered message of Hope and WHOLENESS)

B.      REACH Core Values: (Revival &Transformation; Education for Discipleship; Alignment with in the Church; Community Outreach & Evangelism; Healthy Leadership & Management)

C.      Input from the local churches – which we have been receiving over the past three months.

It is the prayer of your Conference President that in every church throughout the British Columbia Conference our members will experience a revival that will result in a life-changing transformation that will be demonstrated in a joyful and vibrant relationship with JESUS! 

SABBATH, JANUARY, 25, 2014 – PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING IN EACH OF YOUR CHURCHES. (DURING THIS TIME THE STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION WILL BE TAKING PLACE AT CAMP HOPE)
Pastors & Elders, please lead your church in a special prayer time for a Holy Spirit anointing on those who are meeting at Camp Hope that they will be led by the Spirit in their deliberation to determine the strategy for the Conference.

PLEASE, I CAN NOT BEGIN TO EXPRESS HOW IMPORTANT TO HAVE EVERYONE OF OUR CHURCHES PRAYING DURING THESE MEETINGS – WE NEED DIVINE WISDOM!  WE NEED NEW WINE!  WE NEED A HOLY SPIRIT GOD ORDAINED STRATEGY FOR THESE TIMES TO GROW OUR FATHERS KINGDOM.    

Also, some of you may want to have people praying in your churches EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR around the clock starting on Friday evening, January 24 at 6pm until Sunday, January 26 at 3pm.  Perhaps you could have a signup sheet at church for each hour.  Several people may be able take several time slots. 

I would recommend during the prayer times that hymns of hope and promise be sung; Scripture promises be claimed; and lots and lots of praying. 

This could be done by families or individually (or groups getting together) – could be done in homes or at your local church. 

THE TIME HAS COME FOR ALL OF OUR CHURCHES THROUGHOUT OUR CONFERENCE TO COLLABORATE AND IN ONE VOICE CRY OUT TO GOD FOR A CLEAR DIRECTION FOR HIS CHURCH – WE ARE ON THE BORDERS OF THE PROMISED LAND AND SOON WE WILL CROSS OVER INTO OUR HEAVENLY HOME!!!  As the songwriter says, “Soon and Very Soon!”

Below is something I would like for you to share before the prayer time on Sabbath January 25, 2014 

Our Message: We are called by God to deliver a special, Christ-centered message for these times.  It is a message of HOPE and WHOLENESS!

A Message of Hope: As constituent members of the British Columbia Conference we have been charged to REACH our territory with a distinctive message. 

It is a message modeled in the life of Christ, illustrated by Sanctuary truths, communicated by the prophets throughout the ages and succinctly expressed in the Three Angels’ Message of Revelation 14:6-12 . This special message points prophetically to His second coming – a concept that is embroidered in our very name, Seventh-day Adventists!

A Message of Wholeness: Our distinctive, Christ-centered message not only points to the future – It adds abundant life to the present!  Health of body, mind, and spirit invariably lifts humanity up to higher planes of living.  Hundreds of scientific studies have confirmed the benefits of our Adventist message of health. 

Our ideas of education involve the harmonious development of the whole person-physical, mental, spiritual, and social – extending life on this earth through eternity.

Special request of Principals & Teachers: Please ask your students during the next couple of weeks to be praying for these meetings.  Having our young people praying would be amazing and encouraging.  In fact, if you are willing have your kids write out their prayers, and if you feel it appropriate, principals bring some of those prayers with you when you come to the planning session.

Thank you everyone! I am claiming the Apostle Paul’s appeal in Romans 12:1,2 (NLT) for each one of us. “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable.  This is truly the way to worship Him.  Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 
Living in His Presence, Wayne Culmore, President

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