There are dried out maple leaves on the mantle of my office fireplace. I collected them on a prayer walk at Queens Park in October of 2008. Our ministry board and a few friends came to Ontario to launch Leading Influence Ontario. After the launch celebration we went to Queens Park and did a prayer walk around the perimeter of the building. We asked God to give us every place we set our foot believing that He would grant us favour and blessing in Ontario. We had great faith, hopes and dreams. The leaves were a memento of our time there.
Things did not turn out as we had hoped and shortly after we started, we chose to withdraw. Sometimes things don’t work out like you expect. The leaves stayed on my mantle as a reminder of where we had been, what we had prayed and where we believed we would go again. In the meantime, we strengthened BC and launched Alberta and Saskatchewan.
This fall our board formally approved a change in my role giving me the freedom to take on the challenge of launching Ontario. I booked my first flight for late November, exactly 7 years and 1 month after I gathered those leaves.
I was more than a bit excited as I walked through the front door of Queens Park on Monday morning for my first set of meetings knowing that it was a new day and that rather than being outside praying for open doors, I was inside watching them open. Over the course of the week , I walked many halls and through many doors and deep in my heart was the constant prayer that God would give me every place I set my foot!
We have great faith for what God has in His heart for Ontario’s leaders. We are confident that as we reach leaders, we can shape Canada’s largest province one step at a time. Thanks for praying for us and with us!