It’s midway through January. Bowl games are behind me. The soreness of getting back into the gym is starting to wear off and my 2016 attempt at reading through the Bible is in full swing (again).

This year’s plan (and last year’s and the year before that...) has me beginning in the Minor Prophets; and so for the first time since last January, I read Ezra.

This time, a phrase jumps out: “everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go...”

This year is unique for Uttermost Sports in that we have new opportunities in new places with new partners. At the same time, 2016 holds the same mission and vision as the last 20 years have – to place gospel witnesses in restricted-access contexts through sports programs.

What we are praying for, what we are dependent on, is that this year more than any other, God would stir the spirit of the people. May 2016 be the year that God stirs up people to go serve unreached people groups. May 2106 be the year that God stirs up people to financially support this work. May 2016 be the year that believers are burdened to pray for fruit to be produced in these difficult places.

And like Ezra, may 2016 be the year where the work that is done leads to the joy of the people.

Ezra 6:22 “for the Lord had made them joyful... so that he aided them in the work of the house of God.”

Bubby Bryan, DOC
Uttermost Sports