‘As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earthâ€¦ so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.â€™ (Isaiah 55:10-11)
At the time of writing, BCT is on the cusp of 20 years of work. 2019 will be our 20th anniversary! Looking back over those 20 years, we can see thousands of lives have been changed, by the grace of God and through the dedication of our partners. Even more people have benefited indirectly, as the impact of our work ripples outwards into wider communities. We rejoice that God has blessed our efforts and brought transformation to so many vulnerable children.
Thatâ€™s not to say that those 20 years have been all plain sailing â€“ there have been some very difficult times indeed, with disappointing outcomes and painful decisions. In the darkest moments, it has been hard to see God at work at all.
But taking the long view, Godâ€™s presence, provision and guidance are thunderingly obvious. Things take time to grow. If a tree doesnâ€™t shoot up within days, itâ€™s silly to think it will never grow. If we care for it faithfully, it will flourish, but we have to be patient. In the same way, Godâ€™s purposes often take time. He promises that his word will achieve his purposes (Isa 55:11), and itâ€™s as we look at how individuals and communities have grown over a matter of years that we get a true sense of Godâ€™s transformative power at work.
Above all, our anniversary celebrations are a chance for us to say thank you. Weâ€™re overwhelmingly grateful to God for his faithfulness to us, to our project partners for their courage and commitment, and of course, to you for your support, prayer, encouragement and generosity.
We praise God for his leading and provision over the last 20 years. As we step forward into the next 20, we wait with anticipation to see what he will do next, and we submit ourselves to his will and perfect timing.