- Created on May 02, 2012
Recently, we celebrated the greatest event known to mankind, Easter.Jesus’ death and resurrection marked a whole new realm of possibility thinking! It is now possible to have a new life, a life no longer marred by sin. Now, we can walk in the freedom of righteousness that Jesus so graciously purchased for us. Now we can walk in the same favor that Jesus walks in with the Father. What a Savior! What freedom from past sin! What wondrous possibilities are available to all who acknowledge Him for who He is…Redeemer of all that was lost.
The 2012 Israel Journey
By the time you receive this letter, I will be in Israel. This year we have almost 200 people joining us. There are 140 first timers, with 14 nations represented. We have one bus for the French speaking group who are joining us from 4 different nations, including Equatorial Guinea in Africa, and they will have a French speaking guide. We also will have ten Chinese speaking women from China/Hong Kong, as well as women coming from Japan…all for the first time. Our Generations Director, Anna Hammer, is bringing 13 of her peers from across the nation with her. What a representation of the truly diverse and international ministry that Aglow is! Our trips into Israel are always strategic and this one is lining up to be so as well. You are all aware of the current day threats targeting this nation, so please remember to keep us in your prayers from April 30th – May 10th as we walk the land, proclaiming God’s heart for this people.
International Board of Directors Meeting
During the second week of March, the members of the International Board of Directors gathered in Edmonds for our annual meeting. We welcomed several new board members: Nonnie McVeigh, National President of Aglow Britain; Liz Mbuzi, National President of Aglow Zambia; and Kerry-Ellen Logan, National President of Aglow Australia. It was great having additional nations represented on our Board. Other IBOD members are Edda Swan, National President of Aglow Iceland; Merina Netto, National President of Aglow India; Glenda Fleming, U.S. South Regional Director; Jannie Reverda, National Director, Middle East; and Diane Moder, Islamic Awareness and Education Director. The unity factor was awesome and the Lord enabled us to make wonderful strides forward, even as He has been speaking it into Aglow these past several years.
Graham Cooke joined us on Monday and Tuesday. We had many lively, life-filled, mind expanding conversations. We had powerful times of worship and proclamation prayer over the ministry, as well as a time of calling forth new nations into Aglow. Remember, it is the believers in a nation that hold the true identity of that nation. They hold God’s design and purpose for their respective nations.
One of the things I shared with the IBOD, is that I believe our Worldwide conference in Houston this past September was a milestone (landmark) in the history of Aglow. This is Aglow’s 45th anniversary year. We are as lively and strong today as we were when we began in 1967. God has preserved us for this day and this time. We have remained pliable in His hands and therefore we have continued to live with a present-future mindset, always moving towards our destined purpose. We are leading others to a higher place, helping them to walk out of old ways and old mindsets and pick up our identity in Christ and walk in the fullness of that truth. Our role in the earth is to see abundance restored.
A Fresh Impetus of God’s Spirit is Upon Us
As the leader of this ministry, I boldly proclaim that I am not looking to another church or another ministry for a fresh move of the Spirit. I am looking for a fresh move of God’s Spirit within Aglow! There is a quickening Spirit upon the truths that He is making so real to us at this time. This fresh impetus of His Spirit is causing us to move to a glorious new place in the Spirit. We have come into a new place. Old things are passing away and new things are emerging!
A New Vision/Mission Statement
One of the most important things to come out of our board meeting this year is the rebranding of Aglow. As we have seen and felt God moving us to a new place in Him, we felt it was time to update our mission statement. You will be hearing much more about this in the coming months and you will begin to see it written as we begin to introduce this statement into all that we do. Since Aglow began in 1967, we have had several mission statements. All of them have been fitting for where the Aglow ministry was at the time. Each one has built on and incorporated the others. In the past, we have referred to the statement that guides us as a mission statement.
We began to look at the meaning of the words “vision” and “mission.” Perhaps the easiest way to explain the use of vision over mission today is to add “ary” to each word and look at their definitions.
A visionary is someone who is casting vision for the future – the big picture. A missionary is one who carries out the work of that vision.
A good vision statement is inspiring. It is a statement that is both bold and broad. It is a statement that encompasses everything we do and leaves expansion for our future. Vision is not about direction. It is about the height a movement wishes to achieve.
So with that, I would like to introduce our new vision statement which will replace our former mission statement:
New Vision Statement
To carry the truth of the Kingdom that:
- Restores people to a radiant place of relationship with God and one another
- Breaks the tyranny of oppression
- Brings freedom and empowerment
This will be the statement that you use to describe us.
New Mission Statement
Our Mission statement is “in house” and explains how we intend to do the things our vision statement says. An effective mission statement is specific and descriptive of the actual work to be undertaken by a movement. It should answer the questions, “Why do we exist?” and “What do we do?” With that in mind, our new mission statement is:
Aglow International is a Kingdom Movement committed to seeing God’s will done on earth as it is in Heaven. We do this through:
- Mobilizing millions into a company of warriors, champions, and global leaders of significance.
- Establishing powerful Kingdom Communities founded on the fullness of Christ in every nation of the world.
- Empowering people to develop resources that enable them to take advantage of all that God is releasing from Heaven.
- Forming apostolic teams that demonstrate the power of Heaven in the darkest places of earth.
- Cultivating a worldwide presence that creates an atmosphere of celebration, impartation, and restoration.
New Tag Line
Our new tag line will replace “a network of caring women.” While we are still that, we have grown to a new place that encompasses so much more. Our new tag line is, Every nation touched, every heart changed.
I encourage you to take time to read over the Vision and Mission Statements and memorize the tag line. Let it sink into your spirit. As was spoken to us at our International Conference in Houston, “Aglow has grown up. We have passed our tests. It is the time of our arising!”
We have an open Heaven. We have great favor. It is time we step into it. It is time for us to step into who we are and we must do this individually as well as corporately.
Our New Core Values
We have also updated our Core Values, and they are as follows:
As a Kingdom Community, Aglow International is absolutely committed to:
- God’s Presence - Creating an atmosphere and environment of worship for the presence of God to be encountered.(Psalm 22:3)
- Relationship - Treating each other with integrity, openness, honesty, non-negotiable love, and goodness.(1 Peter 4:8)
- Redemption - Partnering with God for the redemption of all things according to the Gospel. (Col 1:13-14)
- Freedom - Standing firm against everything that enslaves. (Gal 5:1)
- Restoration - Bringing every identity into alignment with the purposes of God. (Rom 12:2, Eph 4:22-24)
- The Beloved - Living as a community who knows they are the beloved, and establishes their identity as the Bride. (Song of Solomon 7:10, Eph 1:6)
- Goodness - Demonstrating goodness as the power of God to always overcome evil. (Rom 12:21, Acts 10:38)
- Radiance - Having radiant encounters with God, leading to a brilliant experience of who Christ is in us. (Eph 1:17-20)
- God’s Kingdom - Expressing the nature of God through reconciliation to the world He loves. (2 Cor 5:18-20, Col 1:19,20)
- Supernatural Power - Moving in signs, wonders, and miracles to demonstrate the heaven-to-earth nature of life in the Spirit. (Mark 16:17-18, 1 Cor 12:4-11)
This IS who we are. Identity is the key to transformation. We must know who we are individually and we must know it corporately. Our biggest role is to teach, lead and demonstrate the fullness of Jesus. This must be our passion.
Remember, vision isn’t about the direction you are going but about the height you want to rise to. I encourage you to rise to the fullness of who God is – of who Christ is in you – of who you are in Christ. Aglow is arising – come arise with us!
(Be sure to read the P.S. below from our Creative Services Department, who are working to provide you with all the resources you need to ARISE in your identity in Christ.)
Much love,Jane Hansen Hoyt
P.S. – From Creative Services Department Re: Communication & Technology
Second, if you aren’t on Facebook, get on board! What a powerful networking tool to receive the resources necessary to become the model of what it means to be in Christ! Go to the official Aglow International Facebook page and “like” us. By doing so, you will be continuously connected to the impartation of LIFE in Aglow, and have a convenient way of sharing that LIFE with your friends, family and Aglow teams, and acting as a “visual aid” to others.Third, with the introduction of a new website in the past year, go to Aglow.org often. Explore, read, and provide comments. The website is a wealth of inspiration and resources!