My mom and dad have modeled what it looks like to live with emboldened faith in many different spheres of life. I had a front row seat to my mom’s day-to-day reliance on the Lord until she was called home a few years ago. Dad and I still work closely on OneHope initiatives, continuing to strategize how to innovate Scripture engagement programs for the next generation.
My parents had a history of trying and accomplishing great things for God – a legacy of faith that still guides, inspires, and models vision for us today. Even before OneHope came to be, they were pioneering ministry initiatives globally. Their first international excursion was shortly after they were married, traveling to the remote regions of West Africa to share the Gospel, a region where many missionaries didn’t dare go. Through their obedience to His call, revivals happened throughout many villages.
When I was a young boy and our family was living in the Middle East, my dad helped grow the local Church through Bible correspondence courses – a groundbreaking initiative at the time, eventually leading to the development of a theological school. My parents didn’t always see the next five steps ahead of them, but they were careful to take the next step in reliance on the Lord.
My dad has often said that as Christians, we plant and water, but it’s God who brings the growth. We can be good stewards of what we are given, like sharing Scripture engagement programs with children and youth, but ultimately growth or transformation happens in God’s timing.
Students who take classes in the Hoskins School of Mission will be learning a combination of ministry and marketplace skills through their courses, being encouraged to walk in faith no matter their job title. I’m glad mom and dad will be an inspiration to students for years to come, as they are to me.