Some people asked me what is going on in Toledo UBF. I told them I don’t know because it is a closed group, and I am outside that group. But apparently, there is nothing going on; it’s all under control. Things go on just as they always have, except now there is an official Leadership Council.
But much can be learned from the messages posted publicly.
“During the past several months, we have had chance to critically examine ourselves with questions, “What is going on in this ministry? What is wrong with us? Is there any hope for Toledo UBF? Should we keep being a part of this ministry?” While our leaders asking these questions, several student leaders took a specific action for reaching out fellow students. Last Friday, these student leaders organized Praise and Worship. The previous week, these students helped CBF Bible School. They were all united for this. This united effort our students is very inspiring for all of us.”
“This Friday I met with Pastor Abraham Kim, a new UBF General Director who will serve his four year term. We discussed several things. In this meeting I said, “Four years go very fast. Thus, please do not try to do too many and too soon. Pray very carefully and focus on one or two big things.” I apply this advice to myself as well. As Toledo Leadership Council is now organized. All six leaders (Mark Gamber, Russell Kille, Jim Paul, Greg Lewis, Mark Ohashi and Bruce Kwiatkowski) are very wonderful. They are humble and sincere. They will discharge many of the responsibilities in this ministry. As pastor I can now focus on one or two main things. What would that be? God’s message is clear. Focus on God. Therefore, pray. Be united in prayer. By God’s grace we will all learn from this persistent widow, humble tax collector and little children. In view of this passage, Toledo UBF will again have many praying people who are persistent, humble and trusting.”
Apparently…according to the quotes above from a recent message in Toledo UBF:
The leaders in Toledo UBF are not doing God’s work and just wasting time questioning issues about the ministry.
Only the young students are doing God’s work and are the only ones demonstrating unity and inspiration.
We should just forget about the more than 30 people who just left, and hope for persitent, humble and trusting people to be raised again.
What about truthful people who question things and have a different viewpoint? I guess we are all supposed to just forget everything that happened the past 5 months and move on.
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A PDF screencapture in case the link above disappears:
Toledo UBF message 2011-08-21