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GOD has blessed my brother Steve Melson once again !!!

Foster,

A word of special thanks to you, along with praise to our amazing God.  I so appreciate your faithful prayers and support during my season of transition.

I’ve been hired as Director of Organizational Advancement (aka, Executive Director) for Open Arms International.  My official first day is Monday, September 25.  I’ll announce this tomorrow at Southlake Focus Group, but first wanted to give you a personal update.

To acquaint you with this Christian nonprofit ministry, here’s a link to their web site: http://www.openarmsinternational.org/.  Open Arms works primarily in Eldoret, Kenya, using an innovative village model that serves orphaned and abandoned children and also acts as a base for outreach to the surrounding community.  The founders and Board of Directors wanted someone to effectively pastor the staff, provide organizational leadership, and advance donor and volunteer relations. 

Open Arms is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  Some time ago, the Board had decided to expand the ministry to Dallas-Fort Worth and desired someone to be the point person.  So, I’ll be working out of an office in Hurst.  Plans are to transition operations and staff to Texas, where there is also a significant donor base.  For the near term, I’ll build a team here and oversee staff in both locations.

I’m very excited to embark on this new God-adventure!  Please continue to pray that he will provide grace, wisdom and strength for the journey.  Since the start of my job search four months ago, I’ve been praying a scripture from Psalm 143: 8–10.  I’ll continue to express every petition because I’ll need every provision.  Thanks again for standing with me!

Yours in Jesus,

Steve

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