“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
The metaphor of Christ as a cornerstone has special meaning at id2 as we begin the year of 2018. This will be a year for laying foundations for the work that the Lord has called us to in the Himalayas.
‘Christ as the cornerstone’ had a tangible meaning for construction during Biblical times. The cornerstone was always the first stone laid for a project. Being first meant that the cornerstone could establish the success, or failure, of the structure for several reasons. First, the cornerstone established a solid foundation. If the foundations was not solid, the entire structure would fail. For this reason, the cornerstone was always just that – made of stone. Even if the rest of the structure was brick or mud, the cornerstone was made from the strongest material, stone.
Second, as the first stone laid, it had to be perfectly square. All of the other walls would be aligned with the cornerstone. If the cornerstone was not square, the walls would be misaligned, and the overall building would not be square, leading to problems with doors and windows and furnishings. Finally, the cornerstone had to be level. If the cornerstone was not level, the entire structure could be “out-of-level.” As the structure was built up, it could possible collapse, since the problem of being out-of-level is compounded as the building grows taller, making the entire structure unstable.
At id2, it is the desire to see the gospel of Jesus Christ furthered that drives our desire to lay a proper foundation, capable of supporting future work that the Lord has for us. The training curriculum, the business model, and the corresponding corporations all must be built upon this level foundation.
Pray for these foundational components:
1. That the business corporations we establish this year will be the solid enduring foundation needed to allow us to operate freely in spite of the anti-conversion laws that have a growing legal presence in the nations of the Himalayas.
2. That the training curriculum we are establishing this year allows our graduates to align their businesses for success in their local market place. Our graduates represent church leadership. They need successful businesses so that they can support their families, allowing them to stay local and continue in church leadership.
3. That God would raise up sponsors for these businesses in order to keep them level financially as they begin. Too often, the local loan rates for the poor are ridiculously high. This creates an upside-down financial picture before they even start. To date, we have two sponsored businesses. We have six others waiting for sponsorship and twelve additional business profiles / requests that need to be translated and posted on the website with the hope of finding a sponsor. (See www.c4id2.org)
4. For our entire team who will be together in Kathmandu this March. While each of us will be in the region for a week and/or up to months at a time, our time together in-country with our Nepali leadership will have minimal overlap. This is the challenge of bringing together those who live on opposite sides of the world. Please pray that these meetings will result in building upon a common foundations – a foundation where “Christ Jesus himself is the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord.”
Our desire is to say to the people groups of the Himalayan region… “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.”
We pray that you will join us! Sponsorship and / or a trip to Nepal to meet, encourage and train with our brothers and sisters in building up the Kingdom that will have no end.
If you would like to make a financial contribution, you can do so through the link below. Donations are tax-deductible when given through the Center for International Design and Development (ID2). Please click here to give – Thank you!
If you prefer to send personal or bank checks, you can mail to:
17200 Chenal Parkway #300-139
Little Rock, AR 72223
With love from the team at www.c4id2.org
Craig & Jennifer in the Himalayas
Glen & Tamra in Little Rock
Nick & Caroline in Conway