Rivers in the Desert…

March 24

Dear Friends,

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some exciting developments that are happening within our organization – mainly, our move toward becoming an independent organization. I wanted to take an opportunity to share some insight into this process.

Our national allies at Family Policy Alliance have been a beautiful source of support, strength and knowledge in our efforts to develop FPA of New Mexico. The vision of FPA of New Mexico, as shared by our national counterparts, has always been to see a New Mexico where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished.

Our goal to achieve this vision has been through the creation and development of a family policy group that is focused specifically on New Mexico issues, choosing wisely where to focus our attention to see the best achievement of the vision. Beginning this policy group under the umbrella of our national allies allowed us to step right into the work that needed to be done in policy while still working to build the necessary cornerstones for the organization to operate.

While we continue to actively work to promote and create policy that will achieve our vision, we have reached the point in our development as a functioning policy group that we are looking at the reality of no longer relying on our national allies but stepping out in faith that God is paving a way through the desert. Our national allies are excited, we are excited, because our vision is fixed on what God will do before us.

In Isaiah 43, God is promising Israel victory over Babylon, and he reminds them of all of the mighty things he has done for them: he parted the Red Sea providing a dry path for them to escape, and he defeated the mighty army of Egypt by swallowing them up with the waves. But then he tells them:

Do not call to mind the former things, or consider the things of the past. Behold, I am going to do something new, now it will spring up; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:18-19

Even though these were great things God had done, he didn’t want the Israelites focused on where they had been, but rather where they were going. God was going to do something new, something miraculous and he wanted them to see it and experience it.

We have had great victories in our time of development under the care of our national allies, but it is time to look ahead to what God is doing in the Land of Enchantment. He is doing something new, and we want to see it and experience it. While we gain strength and confidence from what the Lord has done in our past, we will look ahead with eager expectation of seeing the Lord move.

This is an exciting time for our organization and our partners in ministry, and we need you more than ever. Stepping out in faith is always met with fear and trembling but it is balanced with trust and confidence when we fix our eyes forward.

Will you look forward with us? God promises something new, and it will be as mighty as roadways in the wilderness and rivers in our desert. Are you ready to be a part of something new?

With Confident Trust,

Jodi Hendricks
Executive Director