What I Learned in 2017

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is just a few hours away from ending. Out of 27 years of ministry, this year has been the most challenging as well as the most rewarding years in our ministry lives.  2017 contained the greatest transitions in our lives to date.  Although we’ve never felt more in the will of God than ever before, the journey has come with many sacrifices.  And it’s within those sacrifices that we’ve seen the hand of the Father provide in every area of our lives.

Below are some quick transition highlights of our year…

  1. New Church building for Impact Church in Miami.
  2. Change of leadership Structure in Miami.
  3. Change of Pastorate after 17 years.
  4. Moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia.
  5. Living in another state and working the ministry without our children (Painful).
  6. Establishing a new structure and vision for Discover Life Church, in Lawrenceville.
  7. New faces, new friends and a new dream.

My “take-away” from 2017 and my advice for you in 2018:

  1.  Never be afraid of change.
  2. The will of God is the most rewarding and safest place we can ever be in.
  3. Big transitions are never absent from big sacrifices.
  4. Value must always trump cost.  If you see the value, you must be willing to pay whatever the cost.
  5. The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.
  6. New beginnings, new direction and new vision always come with new mercies.

Victoria, Calysta, Zayne, Zion and Zealynd and I speak blessing you you and your loved ones in your new adventures and challenges of 2018.  May God richly bless you with His purpose and His power to fulfill it.

Happy New Year!

3 Comments

  1. Daniel Lafontaine on December 31, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    2017 will be a past of inspirational moments with memorial momements at impact church god has inspired the well being of those people whom listened as you therst and hungered to enlighten courage to seek on Jesus.to buckle up . to believe that he can remove all obstacles and move mountainous struggles ..by a leap of faith
    Which burdens the spirit……thank you for the blessings of my wife and I …on our wedding day
    What comfort ..

  2. Brian Hughes on January 1, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Happy New Year Pastor! Looking forward to what God has planned (already completed) for us in 2018.
    Your take away from 2017, especially number 2 resonates with me. The most Rewarding and Safest place we can be is in his will.

  3. Eileen Finnell on January 2, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Amen ! Pastor Manny and Pastor Victoria I receive this as great great encouragement. I pray God’s continual blessings be with you both.

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