IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT TO MY FRIENDS. (At least important to Carin and myself)
O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.
Psalms 71:17-18 ESV
This has been a prayer that has meant a lot to me. God has been so good in answering it in ways I never could have imagined. He has been so very gracious and kind to our family. Who would have thought that God would use a baseball and a game to be used as a tool of his work.
So let me update you on the latest gracious moment in our journey with Him.
Almost 2 months I had a sit-down discussion with Carin discussing with her our lives and the future. It was at that special meeting that I shared with her what I am about to share with you.
This past January 2018 I heard what I felt was the voice of the Holy Spirit. It was a soft, kind voice and my spirit understood it to be not my conscience. My first response was to battle with what the voice was saying and did nothing with his revelation to me until meeting with Carin in May. It was in the meeting mentioned above that I then shared with her what I sensed God was telling me.
After our luncheon I contacted Mickey and eventually shared with the UPI board and staff that I felt lead by the Holy Spirit to make a move. Based on those discussions, I am announcing to you, our faithful followers and supporters, that on Jan. 30, 2019 I will be retiring from UPI.
Please know that the board and staff have been more then kind and generous to our family. I care deeply for each of them and the ministry they bring to UPI. And please know we deeply believe in the leadership that Mickey Weston has brought the past few years!! UPI is in great hands!!
I have also enjoyed the last 2 years under Mickey’s leadership as executive director and taking on the title of President. The new title assignment me to represent the ministry in a way that allowed me the freedom to exercise my gifts both locally and abroad.
I will leave with some sadness. I believe in each of the UPI family and their calling. What a special group of men and woman God has assembled. The love and great friendships built over the past 38 years will hopefully continue. We sincerely care for one another and have great memories.
We will miss the meetings and personal times together. Those times where we would seek God’s direction for UPI together. The UPI board members have become close praying friends. The reason for my retiring is out of obedience and not displeasure of any kind.
So, what is next for Tom and Carin?
I do not believe the bible talks about retiring from ministry, We will continue to ask God to provide new assignments. For that part of this new faith journey I am excited.
I will remain on the UPI board and from that seat will have a great view of what God is going to do through UPI!! As founder I count this as a great blessing.
Thanks to each of you that have supported us in so many ways over the years. Hopefully Carin and I were good stewards of your kindness and the kingdom of God has been advanced in a way that honors HIM.
Again…thank you for your great partnership!
Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions.
With some joy, a little fear and real excitement we walk into HIS future for us!
We serve a great and powerful God and it is so good to know that HE has our lives in his hands.
It’s Great to be alive because God is in control!