October 2015 Director's Encouragement Letter [Topic: Update from Lee]

Dear Friend:

In 1986 Exchanged Life Ministries of Colorado launched into tenuous existence. Three decades later, it is clear that God Himself blessed and birthed this outreach. He founded it, anchored it in the hearts and lives of thousands, and to this day sees to its stability.

There is every reason to celebrate what God has done through ELM. Hundreds have participated in conferences, hundreds more in training programs. Hundreds have sat one-on-one with a counselor and personally embraced the magnificence of their new identity in Christ. Thousands of resources are in hands around the world, and many hundreds of you have joined the ministry of ELM with your financial investments, prayers, and encouragement.

Thirty years is a long time for any organization, but it is nearly an eternity for a small nonprofit. The pressing point of my letter to you is not simply to celebrate our history. Rather, I’ve taken pen in hand to discuss a vision of tomorrow.

Five years ago myself and our Board began strategically handing executive leadership of ELM over to Mike Roncaglia. Over these past years Mike’s hand has been the steady grasp that you have felt, not mine. For the bulk of these days, it is Mike who has led our staff, guided our Board, helped Larry, Lois, and others—me included—find our new places of support and counsel. Today, the ministry is positioned for a bright future and there is even more reason for celebration.

So I come to you with grand news: Just as God saw fit to establish Exchanged Life Ministries almost thirty years ago, there is also no question that He has endorsed a bright and hope-filled future under the capable leadership of my successor, Mike.

I couldn’t be more pleased. I endorse and recognize Mike without reservation and I heartily introduce him to you.

Mike graduated with a computer science degree from the Colorado School of Mines. After a short stint working for others, Mike founded his own software and web design business—and he was very successful. His innovative, creative, entrepreneurial, and human resource skills are remarkable.

Mike is married to Jill and they have one son, Jonas. They came to us possessed of a rich history in ministry, but they are also consumed by the message entrusted to ELM. If I wasn’t confident in Mike, I would not be writing this letter to you. He is the man called to lead us into the foreseeable future.

I remain an active member of the Board of Directors. I speak and teach occasionally and continue to write. I’m in and out of the office with some regularity and remain only a phone call away. But you must know, there are very few calls. You—we all—are in capable and gracious hands with Mike.

Sincerely. Your brother in the faith,
Lee LeFebre, Founder and President Emeritus

Lee LeFebre, MSW, has been teaching and counseling Exchanged Life truths since 1972. He is president emeritus of Exchanged Life Ministries Colorado, which has its ministry center in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He was instrumental in founding the international Association of Exchanged Life Ministries, and continues to provide leadership to its growing membership. Lee continues to serve on the board or directors, write, teach and counsel.

More about Lee, his writing and other materials can be found at, www.leelefebre.com.