The year of our Lord 2019 will be remembered for its combination of great victories accompanied by a more than usual set of challenges. It was a year filled with a range of conflicting emotions but despite the trials we are more convinced than ever of the absolute goodness of God.
The pain of loss is overshadowed with the thrill of the victory of our King Jesus, and we have chosen to anchor our confidence in the truth that His kingdom is advancing throughout the earth.
In December we decided to take our family away for some rest and relaxation with a cruise in the Caribbean. While it was so good to have time as a family, it turned out to be a continuation of the crazy distractions that have vied for our attention all year. Yes, it was our cruise ship you saw on the news that ran into another ship while attempting to dock in Cozumel. We praise God that we were not eating in the dining hall when it happened.
The passengers who were injured were still at breakfast and our assigned table was just ahead of the area that was damaged. Apart from some challenges in getting home we chose to allow nothing to steal our joy at being together and performing our paternal responsibility of spoiling grandkids.
Now as we enter 2020, we believe that in the body of Christ we are about to experience an unprecedented time of fellowship and mission. We have a real sense that God is pouring out a fresh anointing for the harvest. This will be a strategic season of equipping, activating and releasing the body of Christ to carry the power and presence of our wonderful Jesus. His glory is breaking through!
Knowing that, Sally and I are starting this year with a two-month sabbatical before we travel again. We believe the Lord has challenged us to get away long enough to spend time working on our physical health and fitness as well as making time to get back into the discipline of writing. For most of 2019 the burden of dealing with our daughter Rachel’s estate successfully kept me from getting a new book published. Our plan in the next couple of months is to finish up the first of a series of booklets that we are going to call “Grace Empowered.” Feel free to hold us accountable on this.
Our first overseas trip this year will be to South Africa and we will be hosting two teams while we are there. Traveling with a team is one of the favorite things we do, so in April we will have a team join us in Secunda and then in May a team will join us in Potchefstroom. Then in August we will take another team back to Brazil. You can find more information along with the exact dates for all these trips on our website steveandsally.org.
Living like King’s Kids
Steve and Sally Wilson