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   November 2018   
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A Word of  Encouragement from our
Director of Missions


I have heard many of my ministry peers who have come to retirement from the role as Pastor or Director of Missions say, “I’m not leaving or retiring from ministry, I’m just closing a chapter of a book yet to be completed.” To hear them say this gives me some consolation but also a little apprehension—consolation in the sense that I have concluded a “chapter” or a portion of the ministry to which I was called, but apprehension in the sense that I have an obscure, rather unknown, next chapter. I am gradually accepting the possibility that my next chapter may be shorter than the earlier chapters. And that the next chapter could actually be my last. It may be more of a conclusion than a chapter.

  I know that there are several examples of men who have actually begun a new career later in life. However, I’m really not thinking about another career. In fact, I’m not thinking about a career at all. Actually, I never have considered my role as a Pastor or Director of Missions as a career. It’s been an attempt to do what God has called, gifted, trained and commissioned me to do. It’s been much more than a job. It has been a journey...a adventure. What a ride!

  As the youngest and probably the most naive son of a Missouri share-cropper, I never could have imagined that God would find me, save me and call me to preach His gospel to thousands of people over nearly five decades. But that is just the kind of thing God would do to bring glory to Himself.

 “I do not consider my life any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24 of the Apostle Paul).

  So, what does the future hold? I do not know details. I just know that these past forty-seven years have been what I viewed as my future. If whatever is left of the next chapter(s) is anywhere close to the blessings of the last, I will be eternally grateful to my blessed Savior. To God be the glory, great things he has done...for me!!!

Encouragingly Yours, Russell Cook



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