I have anticipated writing this letter to you. I have so much wonderful news to share.
Did you know that 2016 will mark Exchanged Life Ministries’ 30th anniversary as a ministry? I am so glad Lee LeFebre answered God’s call to start the ministry in 1986. It has blessed so many lives through the years. My life was first impacted in 1989 when my family walked through the doors for help. I shudder to think where we would be today if it wasn’t for the counseling and equipping that we received.
Because I have been around the ministry since 89, I remember fondly the old location on Bethany Drive. Many years at that address made it a real step of faith when we decided to relocate. Looking back it’s been better than we could have hoped. We now have an accessible location in the Denver Tech Center near numerous major highways. And our facilities allow us to easily serve those we are privileged to minister to.
You might be wondering if Lee, Larry, and Lois are still involved. Yes they are and as passionate as ever! We’ve also been assembling a team of gifted and talented individuals to carry on the important work of the ministry. I hope you get to meet them!
Much of the work that we’ve done for years still carries on today. Conferences, workshops, advanced training, and counseling. Last year alone we had 500 individuals attend conferences held in Colorado, other states, and even Costa Rica. We graduated two advanced training classes. Held workshops at our Denver Tech Center office and in Nebraska. And have had a good deal of struggling individuals come to us from in and out of state for counsel.
We are thankful for the national influence we are having but have been humbled at how God is using the ministry to have an effect internationally. We have had missionaries to countries such as Spain, China, Thailand, and Nepal who have all attended our training before heading to the mission field.
One missionary who was sent to Nepal attended all three levels of our training over a five week period last summer. He headed back to the field equipped and ready to reach the population. In recent months his work has been in the midst of a horrific earthquake zone. He has thanked us on a number of occasions for preparing him to be a light in such dark times for his country.
This missionaries’ story has caused me to stop and ponder God’s timing. So often I think that God’s wristwatch is broken. That He’s not on the job. Yet I see what He did to get this man ready for what he would face, and I marvel. Maybe like me you feel like God is running a little late at the moment. My prayer is that this story will encourage you to know that God’s timing is perfect and, for you, right now may be more about preparation than action.
Last year was also spent refining Exchanged Life Ministries’ mission statement. The refined mission statement is Equipping Others Who Equip Others. I hope you can already see with what I have shared how this speaks so wonderfully to who we are and what we do as an organization. It encapsulates a training and equipping that makes an individual’s faith practical and applicable for living life today. And with a faith that is so tangible these individuals can’t help but turn around and pass on to others what they have learned.
The future is bright! We have conferences scheduled through the end of the year in Denver, CO, Grand Junction, CO, and Lincoln, NE. All of which are offered at no charge. A workshop and advanced training will kick off our fall schedule. We’re also close to announcing our 2016 schedule of events. The best way to keep up with all that’s going on is to visit our web site, elmco.org. It’s a fantastic resource with blogs, information about events, and recommended reading. You can also sign up to receive email updates right from the home page.
It’s been so good to share with you all the amazing things going on with the ministry. I am going to be staying in touch with you monthly with the desire to encourage and bless you in this journey called life. If between now and the next time you hear from me I can do anything to encourage, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
God bless, and I am glad to be connected with you.
Mike Roncaglia, Executive Director