The Story of Caleb
Caleb is one of the less celebrated heroes of the exodus from Egypt and conquest of Canaan. Everyone knows Joshua even though they traveled the same roads. Caleb and Joshua were the two out of ten spies to believe in the promise that in spite of intimidating giants the Lord would give them the promised land.
He was a fine lieutenant under the leadership of Joshua in the conquest of Canaan. But when victory was secured and a time of rest had finally come for the children of Israel, Caleb was still feeling a little frisky! He was eightyfive years old; the oldest of all those who left Egypt with Moses. He had earned a well-deserved rest; a nice meadow by a still water. Having surveyed all the prime real estate in the land, Caleb came to Joshua to claim the promise made to him by Moses (Jos 14:9). He asked Joshua: ‘give me that mountain’ (Jos 14:12
I am nowhere near eighty-five, so I am nowhere near retirement. The last twenty-five years have had their challenges in Fond-des-Blancs and I am thankful to the Lord for what He has accomplished in that community. We had a successful transfer of leadership last January. Joy and I are enjoying a sabbatical in the US. But we are looking forward to taking on a new mountain when we return to Fond-des- Blancs next year.
If I had one word for what our new task will be it would be: replication… building on our experiences in Fonddes- Blancs, we want to replicate this model in hitherto neglected communities. In a nutshell, we want to be mentoring a group of six potential young leaders every three years as they plant Churches and develop holistic community development for their respective communities.
The plan is simple: Choose six dedicated young leaders through a screening process. These young leaders will be in residence in Fond-des-Blancs where they will attend theological, community development, English and management courses for three days each week. The other four days will be spent in three different communities where they will be laying the foundation for three new church plants. A new cycle of educational classes and practical implementations with new students should start every three years.
I am eternally grateful for the journey that the Lord has called me to travel for the sake of His kingdom and for your companionship throughout that journey. There is so much more that remains to be done and with the Lord’s help I hope we’ll be able to reach more life for Christ.