My simple answer is that I am going to do what I do every day: ask the Lord what He wants me to do that day!
Honestly, I have many mixed emotions swirling around in my head and heart right now. These 18 years with this ministry have been so special for Susan and for me. We have seen the Lord do marvelous things in answer to our prayers. The Lord is so faithful! Yet, we expect the Lord to continue to be faithful and to lead us as He has all these years. We just are not very sure at this point what direction that will be!
For the next nine months, I will be available to Dr. Seng Tan for encouragement, counsel, and advice. I will enjoy serving him as he shoulders the leadership of this great ministry before the Lord.
I am thinking of working on a book on international student ministry. I need to do that while the stories and memories are still fresh.
I am looking forward to some time to reflect and process much I have learned over the last 18 years. The Lord has taught me so much, and I want to make sure I give Him adequate praise and appreciation for how He has led me, schooled me, and coached me. This will take some unhurried time away to be quiet and to listen to that still small voice.
I want Susan to have me to herself to do some things together which she laid aside in order to meet the needs of the ministry and me. I am not sure what those things are at this point, but after January 1st, I will ask her if she has a list! (What do you think she will say?)
Please know that I will continue to pray for this ministry and the people who lead it. The Lord has blessed so many lives through ISI up until now, and I am excited about what the next decade will bring as the Lord enables it!
Blessings to all of you! Drop me a personal note in care of the home office, and I will look forward to reading your thoughts!