On February 2, 2022, I will begin working full-time through Istoria Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit ministry organization that Rachelle and I founded ten years ago.
Rachelle thought it a good idea to write this post to let everyone know our plans for the last quarter of our ministry.
Through Istoria, I will be writing, speaking, podcasting, leading tours, conducting pastor and marriage retreats, and other special ministries. I hope to inspire people to follow Jesus and be "salt and light" in our wounded and dark world. My focus during this time will be more prophetic than pastoral.
Istoria is a Greek word that means "to ask or inquire." We get our English words story and history from its root. The source of all knowledge is asking questions. The moment people are prevented from asking their questions or telling their stories, liberty is lost.
Istoria's purpose is to pursue Life, Light, and Liberty. Istoria's mission is for people to know the story of Jesus Christ, the Source of real Life, true Light, and eternal Liberty, so that His Story becomes central to everyone's story.
At Istoria's new website beginning on 2.2.22, there will be three essential features:
- The archives of my writing ministry (thousands of blog articles on hundreds of subjects).
- The audio archives of my teaching (40 years of sermon series).
- New weekly content, both written blogs, and audible podcasts.
- Love Never Fails (A Study of I Corinthians 13)
- The 12 Days of Christmas (An Illustrated Family Coffee Table Book)
- The Good News According to Jonah (A Study of the Book of Jonah).
With the help of many friends who have volunteered their time, skills, and time, we will be opening Istoria's office building (801 S. Van Buren, Enid, Oklahoma 73703) in January 2022. That will give me 30 days to get the podcast studio and my office ready to go for 2.2.22.
Expenses are high. I have refrained from raising funds for Istoria Ministries while leading Emmanuel Enid. The time has come for me to request your help.
My message of grace through Istoria Ministries is one I desire to be accessible to everyone. To operate Istoria's website, produce a weekly podcast, write my blog regularly, and have a home base from which we can minister, Istoria requires funding.
A friend of Istoria Ministries has promised to match whatever contributions Istoria Ministries receives in December 2021, dollar for dollar. If you would like to contribute a tax-deductible donation to Istoria Ministries before the end of the year, go to www.istoriaministries.com and donate either via secure credit card or PayPal. Or, if you desire, you may send a check to: