want our lives to make a positive difference. Helping others to live
lives that are meaningful and focused on God and others...that gets
us excited. Were convinced that those who glorify and enjoy
God above or below societys radar are the ones
who, slowly but surely, are building Christs kingdom on earth
as it will be in Heaven.
But for the last few years
weve been trying to discern how, where, and with whom to do
this. A critical piece of this puzzle has fallen into place, as you
can see by the following excerpts from emails:
Dear Tim and Annette,
is my privilege as Senior Director of Personnel to inform you that
you are reassigned to the International Ministry Team (*IMT)
This is effective as of today
. We can discuss your future geographical
assignments at another time
Again, let me express on behalf of OC our excitement for your assignment
and our gratitude to the Lord for His clear direction.
Praying for you as you continue to follow the Lord in obedience to
Bill Keyes, Sr. Director of Personnel, OC International
youve probably never heard of the IMT before and since its
a bit of an enigma even within our organization, we want to bring
you up to speed by letting you peek at our email conversations on
the subject (edited for easier reading):
Hi Tim and Annette,
Some months ago I talked with the V.P. of Personnel about the possibility
of inviting you to consider being assigned as members
of the International Ministry Team (IMT) because of the expansion
of your ministry with its worldwide impact among youth. As you may
know the IMT is the only team whose members are not co-located due
to the nature of their project specific, short-term leadership training
At our team retreat in March  our members discussed the nature
of your ministry among youth. There was unanimous conclusion that
we should contact you and explore the possibility of a closer interaction
with you. Bob, working with development of youth and camp leaders
in Russia and the countries of the former Soviet Union, was especially
enthusiastic about the possibilities of combining his work with your
expanding ministry. Please consider this an invitation for possible
assignment to the IMT.
Many blessings, Daryl P., Director IMT
Annette and I are honored that the IMT unanimously decided that we
should be contacted. We would like to talk further about the IMT and
what it would mean for us to be part of it.
and His Kingdom......... Tim and Annette
Tim, it was good to talk with you yesterday.
In keeping with our conversations, I wanted to get back with you
to provide a bit of an overview about the IMT. The IMT is the only
permanent OC team [as opposed to short-term impact teams]
with a worldwide ministry platform [other permanent teams are defined
primarily by geographic or people group focus].
The vision of the IMT is to serve as a global catalyst for discipling
all nations using non-competitive, strategic and innovative approaches
designed to make breakthrough contributions whether alongside other
OC teams or entering new frontiers.
There are many unique characteristics about this one-of-a-kind team.
It is structured around semi-annual, week-long team retreats for encouragement
It was interesting this summer to hear the IMT explained at the
OC internship as a team which doesn't recruit members because only
those who qualify by experience and gifting are assigned to this team
later correspondence one of the IMT team
members described the team this way...
and I at our first meeting with the IMT (March '07)
The IMT people are self starters
We tend to think a bit outside
While most of us have ministry that goes beyond the normal
range of OC contacts we try to make ourselves available to field and
area teams for ministry assistance and consultation. One of our chief
attributes is mobility and flexibility.
Right now this change doesnt
affect our ministry projects,
well continue to coordinate the Spanish youth ministry website
which is growing daily (we provide well over 20,000 pages of
materials and published 64 new resources in the last two months)
we continue to be in touch with and support youth leaders around Latin
America nearly every day and were preparing for our contribution
to the upcoming youth workers conventions in Chile, Guatemala and Argentina.
But the IMT provides us the opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues
and a platform from which we can mentor leaders in a deeper way.
As to where we will be living
will be revealed in a future comunique :-)