In his heart, a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.
— Proverbs 16:9
Recently I posted a blog titled, Re-Positioning and Strengthening… That blog was to announce some plans that I, Jesse Rivers, (and the board of Abogar) had made for the course of this year. It was with excitement and enthusiasm, and great faith, that those plans were made. But as we made those plans, we also submitted them to God; asking that He would truly direct us and guide us in HIS will and in the correct steps!
The month of February has been a revealing one, regarding our plans. In February I have had some conversations with several Guatemalans, whom expressed their concerns that Abogar Guatemala is not yet self-sustainable nor self-sufficient, without my guidance and presence. In February we also had a board member who stepped away from Abogar Guatemala’s board of directors for personal reasons. On top of this, after an honest evaluation (I can be too hopeful and full of faith at times, when reality may show a different face.), it had come to my attention that some of our set up leadership was good at receiving direction and my oversight, but are not yet prepared to take on a ministry and help lead it forward. There is not quite the self-initiative and guidance that we need to move things forward well here on the ground in Guatemala. Some of our leadership have full time jobs and full time families that occupy the majority of their time, and they just can not, at this time, invest as much time and work in this ministry as we are looking for.
Sooooo… we find ourselves now in a time of repositioned repositioning! What do I mean by this? As we reposition ourselves to have me here a bit longer than anticipated at the beginning of the year, we shall work on repositioning people in our organization, for their well being and for the organization as well. As of March 1st, 2018 we will no longer have anyone filling the position of National Director of Abogar Guatemala; until God guides us to the indicated person, who will be able to move forward with the call and mission of AboGua. I also shall continue as President and Legal Representative of Abogar Guatemala. These changes are not punishment to anyone, but rather are a repositioning to help strengthen the ministry that we are raising up here in Guatemala.
We also have recently had some different individuals step up with self-initiative to help us further our networking and growth of ministry here on the ground. We are hopeful that in the next 6-9 months we will find some more people to join our team, who will come with calling, commitment, and self-initiative to help us formalize and move Abogar Guatemala forward! I will continue seeking to raise up a director for our Special Kids visits, as well as a National Director candidate to join our team.
As God is determining the steps that we need to take to move forward, it looks like my return to San Diego shall be temporarily delayed. I want to be very clear that I am actually at great peace and excitement for what this year may hold on the ground here in Guatemala, for me and for Abogar Guatemala. To prevent burnout, I have been cutting back my excessive work hours, socializing more, exercising more, and eating a more healthy, balanced diet. I am feeling great! I am very excited about this repositioned repositioning, and would ask you to join in my enthusiasm and excitement. Your continued prayer and financial support will help us to continue forward well. Thank you for being a part of what God is calling us to do for His glory!