Thursday, April 8, 2010
Words of Hope
Wil was the author of a ministry book entitled "Phone Power: Using the Telephone in Ministry" which was published by Judson Press in 1974. Although technology has increased much since then, the phone is still a powerful ministry tool. He also wrote numerous articles and had the priveledge of interviewing Maria Von Trapp (Sound of Music) and penned her life story for Christian Life magazine.
Just two months ago, at our meeting when we were discussing what theme to have for our summer writers confererence, Will shared how the Lord had been impressing on him the theme of "hope" - the blessed hope we have of eternal life and the hope we have to face our tomorrows in this world. So it was decided to call the conference "Words of Hope". It was just a few short weeks later that this hope was truly manifest in this man's life. We are now planning to dedicate the conference to this dear man who was very excited about it and in fact, was to be the host to our speaker.
Since I'm working on this conference the theme has been very near to me, and I've spent much time pondering my own mission of writing "words of hope". We all need hope, don't we? And this very true and practical hope is the foundation of my faith.