Mountain Feet Ministries
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Isaiah 52:7 describes the heart of this ministry, so several, including Kevin and Paul, are participating in a fundraising / awareness / prayer hike for the Orality Institute on December 4th. We will be hiking from the south rim of the Grand Canyon down to the Colorado River at the bottom, and then back up to the rim in one day. It is roughly a 20-mile hike and there are 10 hours of daylight for that trek. That does not leave much time for sitting around.
This hike is a representation of the ministry of the Orality Institute in several ways. The bottom of the Grand Canyon is a difficult place to get to. It is a desert climate that reaches 120 degrees in the summer. However, the canyon holds a beauty and a grandeur that cannot be matched.
The Orality Institute also goes to places that are difficult to get to. They are in desert-like climates, both physically and spiritually. Yet, there is a beauty that you can easily find when you look into the eyes of those who long to know God’s Word, and peer into the hearts of the people who are grateful for the gift of new life. This is one of those hikes that does not allow you to stop part way. Once you begin, you are committed, and we will be encouraging each other along the way. You can also encourage us along the way by making a pledge for each mile of our prayer hike. This will help motivate us for ministry as we begin a new year and new budget in 2021.
Even though this has been a difficult year for our world, the Orality Institute has many reasons to thank the Lord.
1. We are thankful for The Story to tell. God’s Word is a powerful message.
2. We thank the Lord for our national ministry partners who continue to train people in the Word of God regardless of the effect of the Corona virus. Most of the classes are back up and running in Uganda, the translation continues in Malawi, the Bible School is still in session in Mexico. This year has underscored the importance of empowering nationals to teach their own people.
3. We are thankful for the lean budget that we have. We were able to add Paul Kneeland to the Orality Institute staff when many businesses were cutting back. Since Kevin and Paul are both part-time, the ministry benefits are doubled without an extra burden on the budget. They have been able to focus on needed projects stateside and stay in communication with ministries abroad.
4. We are thankful for faithful supporters that make this ministry possible. We have not seen a significant dip in support through these past six months. We know that the Lord is the one that supplies every need, and we know that He does that through the financial support team that He has put together. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.” Matthew 6:33-34