In 1941, Great Britain was dealing with the harsh realities of war with Hitler and Mussolini. Sir Winston Churchill, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, was asked to speak to the students of Harrow School, where he had attended as a boy during one of the darkest times in the nation’s history. Using this opportunity, he not only spoke to the students, but he also addressed the failing spirit of the nation.

Churchill gave this challenge, “Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

As we step into 2013, the word for the Oregon Ministry Network is “relentless.” This is our call: to remain focused, steady, unwavering and persistent to the mission. This is certainly not the time to give up or give in to discouragement or distraction. This is the time for us to step up, step out and step forward into God’s mighty plan to reach our communities, state and world with the Good News. We must be relentless! Throughout the year we will share practical ways we can be relentless in mission and management of life and ministry together. Please note the announcements on the website for details of gatherings and events that will help us remain relentless.

I love the words of Paul who said in his farewell message to the elders in Ephesus, “…I only want to complete my mission and finish the work that the Lord Jesus gave me to do” (Acts 20:24, GNT) As you begin this new year, I encourage you to make this your aim and ambition. If we are relentless to the call, I am confident we will also experience the rewards of the call.