Week 48 – Flawed but Faithful
During our end of the year donation campaign, often I am asked to share how we are turning things around. My answer is simple – we are flawed but faithful.
Many years ago, a military unit was operating under difficult circumstances in the Alps during WW II. The commanding officer had sent a reconnaissance squad to scout out the surrounding area. A day passed and the squad had not returned. It was feared that it was lost or captured. Three days later, to everyone’s relief, the squad returned.
The squad had become lost and discouraged when one of the men discovered that he had a map in his pack. This discovery brought a surge of hope and renewed energy. The squad leader took the map and led the squad safely back. The story was recounted to the relieved commanding officer who summoned the squad leader to his tent to commend him for his fine work. It was not until later that it was discovered it was not a map of the Alps at all but rather a map of the Pyrenees.
In this story, the map was a symbol that raised hope and energy. It allowed the squad leader to organize his men and get them to believe in a common strategy of action. The fact that the squad was again moving allowed the men to begin to calculate, think about, and observe more closely where they were going. Even though their basic assumptions were wrong, the process of acting, observing, and calculating allowed them to receive new input and resolve their problem.
Windermere has now paid its mortgage the last two years. In fact we have reduced the principle on our mortgage loan for the first time in years. Lives are being changed here. Churches are trusting Windermere again. We are constantly processing, calculating and resolving our problems. All the while we are trusting God. My mentor says this –
Only as we faithfully begin the uncertain journey of pursuing God’s vision will the next steps come into view and the required resources surface. Steadily, in God’s timing, we “build a bridge while we are walking on it” towards his desired destination.
A gift to our ministry is an investment in the future. Please help us reach our desired destination.
How can you give? There are three ways you can make a tax deductible donation to Windermere –
- You make your check out to Windermere Baptist Conference Center
- You may make a donation by credit card by going to our website – Go to logosconnect.com
- You can donate an investment such as stocks, CD’s, etc. It is a simple process. Just give us a call and we can walk you through the steps.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.