Category Archives: From the President

Reflections on 2017

As we begin a new year, we do well to reflect on where we’ve been in the past year. There are many wins to celebrate, so many lessons to add to our wisdom pool, and some scars to heal from.
The team that reports in this paper is offering you a small glimpse of the wins, the lessons, and the scars. Any one of us could fill the space here, and still not express the real story of 2017 with its emotions, its gains, and its losses. Actually, we look for more than what we have to tell: we look for the story that is God’s—the story as he sees it when it’s all connected in his greater plan.
So, these short paragraphs of verbal snapshots don’t fit it all into one grand story. We can’t do that yet; but we know one who can—even when we don’t clearly see how things fit together into the bigger story.
The coming year will contain changes for Living Hope Native Ministries. The board of directors is working with the administrative team to find God’s story outline for 2018. We anticipate changes that lead LHNM forward into a different era of leadership, and into new locations.
We thank you for praying, for giving, and for serving as part of our story. God bless and provide for each of you who read this. Happy New Year!

Youthful Impact

by Merle Nisly
It seems we love to label and categorize people. We’ve given  labels to our age groups–like Boomers, Gen X, Y, and Millennials–presumably to better understand why people think as they do. It seems these affect our expectations of people, and maybe unfairly limit those partnerships we could be developing.

To me, now a bona fide senior citizen, it is fun to watch young people break stereotypes and to make an unpredictable impact in our world. The younger people featured in these stories have shown a kind of energy and purpose that spreads hope and optimism in the face of fear and negativity.

We may do well to avoid labels and generalizations of all people-especially the upcoming generations that we older ones compare to our own. It will be a lot more helpful and encouraging if we can inspire purpose, energy, and skill development that spreads the essence and the glory of the Kingdom we are a part of.

By Merle Nisly, LHNM CEO

When we believers gather, we celebrate the community of Jesus followers. The creative, spontaneous, and organic life of believers in community is an amazing gift from God. To be connected, to be immersed in fellowship with others in the community is much like the inter-relatedness of the cells in our bodies.

It is of great significance that the scriptures describe the followers of Jesus as organically connected—as if in the same physical body. The Apostle Paul writes, you are the body of Christ. We are not individually whole, not individually reproductive, not individually loving, not individually connected to Jesus.

However, we sometimes act more like a bucket of pebbles than a group of living cells. Yes, a bucket of pebbles may be a beautiful thing-with individual colours and shapes creating patterns and variety. But pebbles don’t depend on one another. Pebbles don’t draw life or share nutrients with each other. When one pebble is removed, there is no real impact on the rest. The body of Christ, the Church, is not much like a bucket of pebbles.

Nothing compares to the rewards of joyfully growing together toward the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. We don’t do that in isolation.