Everyday at 9:38 we pray for the Lord to send workers for the harvest. When He sends workers our way we promise to walk alongside them. That promise to walk alongside them is not just to work alongside them Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, but to live alongside them. We invite them into our lives, into our mess, and we challenge them to do the same with us. Because of this promise, 61 Isaiah is not just a ministry team, it is a family. That is why when the Lord relocates His workers we are filled with both excitement and sadness. We are excited for what the Lord has for them next, but we are sad about the distance that is about to be placed between us and our family members.
Below our Communication Director, Spencer Wolverton, and our Field Logistics Coordinator, Hannah Williamson, have written a few words to let the 61 Isaiah family know that God has called them back to the States.
I never want to be the bearer of sad tidings, and that is why I have put off this blog post for days, weeks, and at least a month. God, however, has reminded me that this is both happy and sad news. Therefore with both a smile on my face and tears in my eyes, I inform you that I will be returning to the States to do whatever work the Lord has for me next. After August 17th, I will no longer be working for 61 Isaiah Ministries as their Communication Director.
This isn’t goodbye, this is see you later. If I say goodbye then some might think I’m walking away from the people who have walked next to me for the past two years. If I say goodbye then some might think I’m done working with 61 Isaiah. If I say goodbye then some might think I’m done with missions in Honduras. So I’m not going to say it.
I’m going to say “See you later” because I’m not done with these people. I’m not done with 61 Isaiah. I’m not done with missions in Honduras. However, I realize that the Lord is calling me back to the States. That means the way I walk with these amazing people has to change. That means my role within 61 Isaiah has to change. That means the way I’ve done missions the past two years in Honduras has to change.
These are changes that I will welcome, because at the end of the day it’s what God has called me to do. What that will look like in the future, I do not know yet, but I know that my God is Good. My God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
I want to end this by saying thank you! Thank you for all of your prayers. Thank you for praying for me everyday at 9:38. Thank you for all of your encouragement and words of wisdom. I’m looking forward to seeing everything God accomplishes through 61 Isaiah Ministries.
My 2 years with 61 Isaiah and 3 years in Honduras have been life-changing. I have been challenged and stretched in so many ways. Living in another culture will do that to you, but working with a ministry like 61 Isaiah will do that to you too. 61 Isaiah Ministries has prepared me to return to the USA with new eyes. They have showed me what walking with people and having grit truly looks like, amongst many other things.
I am so thankful for the people that have supported me during my time here: my family, my friends, my donators, and my team. Without you this never would have been possible. I have also been encouraged and supported by the Board of Directors and various US church teams that have visited over the years. Saying this goodbye is turning out be one of the hardest goodbyes I’ve ever had to make.
I am thankful the Lord placed me here when He did. I got to walk through COVID with this ministry and help lay down foundational pieces to propel it towards the future. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to serve with such an amazing ministry and team. I look forward to continuing to walk with 61 Isaiah Ministries in new ways as I transition back to the USA.
Join Us in Praying for Their Future
We enjoyed our time with Hannah and Spencer. Selfishly we want them to stay, but ultimately we desire what the Lord has for them and for us more. Instead of sitting in sadness, we are going to do our best to celebrate with them as they transition back to the States. Please join us in praying for clarity as they determine specifically what the Lord has for them next in the States.