ANDREW FOREMAN TAKES ON THE ROLE AS CEO FOR HOPE NOW
As I start my ministry in earnest as CEO of this God-breathed mission, I reflect on the journey I have been on since joining the Hope Now family on Jan 2nd. For me, the culmination of the journey so far was at our Annual Weekend in Bournemouth in April. It was a time of celebration, reflection, prayer, worship and connection with many who are involved in the support of this great mission into Ukraine and Sri Lanka.
Since my arrival, every day has been a ‘school day’ and the Annual Weekend was no exception, meeting many long standing and faithful supporters of the work for the first time. Spending time in fellowship with them as well as trustees and staff was very valuable to me and I was moved by the ‘family’ feel to the whole event; true fellowship and a time of worship with brothers and sisters in Christ. The Annual Weekend was the perfect opportunity to remember and celebrate the great loving service Jon (ably supported by Ali) and Brenda have given over the years to the ministry of Hope Now.
For me, as well as an opportunity to meet and fellowship with so many supporters, I was able to share some of what the Lord has been putting on my heart for my time as CEO going forwards. It stems from these verses in Isaiah - “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54:2.
So, I am believing for a season of growth in our activity, both in scope and the number of people and projects where we are able to bring about life change, meeting both spiritual and physical needs. This would not be possible without the work that Jon has done in building a solid foundation and a sound structure for me to take on and take further. As I have shared both in Ukraine and at the Weekend, the story of my Grandma’s apple pie which my mother tried to emulate many times, despite having the recipe AND my Grandma to show her how to make it, the pie always turned out differently, equally tasty but nevertheless distinct in its own flavour. This is how I see the handover between Jon and I. The ‘recipe’ he has left me for supporting the work of Hope Now is excellent and as well as following it closely I will also bring my own ‘seasoning’ and ‘flavour’ to it and therefore take the work forwards in His will as He guides and inspires.