"My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness" (2 Cor 12:9) was the theme Rob, our worship leader, recommended for our retreat. We looked hard at a lot of weakness over this week. It was great to meet the TEN3 board members whose names I've heard many times but had never contacted personally. They said this year was probably the best board meeting they've ever had. Yet they were hit hard, as in the space of the weekend four of our board members received grievous news from home, each about the death or serious condition of a loved one.
Thursday I met with my department, and we realized the way we've been going about building the next block of curriculum is failing. We ruminated on wasn't working in us in individuals and the organization. In that process I "lost" one member of my curriculum team, as it was decided Ray is more needed in consulting. But that will actually help curriculum advance, because he'll be helping get our Computer Training Outreach in in (we hope) 100 schools, and a number of churches, by this time next year. That, in combination with grantwriting, I think is opening a way by which God can provide for a few writers to do intensive focus to get the BHLM curriculum block written. Also, the church-education model we're exploring is opening demand for more computer courses we've had on the "back burner," so I'm hopeful we can get those developed and used sooner than expected. (Christie actually asked me, jokingly, if she could have that material tomorrow!) We are so ready to see this education, centered on the transformation that knowing Christ brings to every area of life, reaching generations of students.
That's just a sampling of the ways in which God brought strength through weakness in us this weekend. Thank you to all who prayed for us during the retreat. The Lord's presence was evident, sweet and wonderful to us even amid the frustrating points in which we were collapsing under our own weakness - because in our weakness we fall on Christ who is sufficient.