Hi from Germany,
We were at home for the Holidays and glad to be together - just missing Zack our oldest who is in the US. We have traveled extensively this year, certainly more than any previous year. Michelle and I just got back from the last trip of the year – Israel, where we spent 5 days with her brother Joe Morris and his wife Colleen. It was a multi purpose trip and all went well.
For this Missions Notes I want to give you a thought and then just some pictures (see link below) to show a few spots we have been this year ministering Gods Word. We are extremely fortunate to be where we are, doing what we are doing.
Over the years we have learned what I think to be one of the great truths of successful ministry or building any organization really. It is the Team. The Team is greater than just a Partnership between 2 people as long as it functions as it should. It is the primary building block of any organization. I like what Mia Hamm said about being a member of a team. Do you remember her from the women’s soccer team in the Olympics? She said:
I am a member of a team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion.
We believe this is true where missions is concerned and our connection with all of you reading this. We are a team! It is tricky making a team out of people who don’t get to spend much time together. But our accomplishments together show the team is working.
Here is one definition of a Team.
A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.
Team members (1) operate with a high degree of interdependence, (2) share authority and responsibility for self-management, (3) are accountable
for the collective performance, and (4) work toward a common goal and shared rewards(s). A team becomes more than just a collection of people when a strong sense of mutual commitment creates synergy, thus generating performance greater than the sum of the performance of its individual members.
I think this defines very well how all of us work together. The pictures are usually of us ministering somewhere in the world but we could not do this without all the complimentary skills of team members operating at a high degree of interdependence, sharing responsibility for the common goal of
The Great Commission.
All the pictures we show should really be large group pictures. You may not have physically been to different part of the US, Europe, Africa and the Middle East this year …. But you were in all of those places with us touching thousands of lives, exploring new territory for Bible School expansion, teaching leaders, seeing the Lost get Saved, the Saved getting Established, the Established being Trained and the Trained being helped into their Position in the greater work of the Team.
We are glad you are a part of this great team. There is much to be accomplished and we need to keep this team growing.
Enjoy a few pictures from your travels in 2012 http://grunewald.org/discover/2012photogallery!
We love and appreciate you,
One easy way, but not the only way to be a part of this Team ..... click on
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Spencer - Michelle - Gabi - Zack