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Change: Donaldson moves to Convoy of Hope

At the height of an intertribal crisis earlier this year in Kenya, we arranged with Convoy of Hope for containers of relief supplies to be shipped to that nation. Africa Regional Director Mike McClaflin and I decided that this crisis would be an opportunity to demonstrate to our constituency in the U.S. the incredibly effective relief partnership AG World Missions has shared with Convoy of Hope for 10 years.

Jess Heugel, one of our AGWM photographers, visited the Convoy warehouse and photographed the loading of containers that were headed for Kenya. Some weeks later, Jess traveled to Kenya to photograph Convoy’s relief efforts. Amazingly, Jess arrived in Kenya and photographed the unloading of the very same container he had photographed at the warehouse in Springfield, Missouri. En route from Africa, he stopped in Macedonia to take pictures of a Convoy outreach. Both the Kenya crisis relief efforts and the Macedonia outreach are pictured in this magazine — relief and outreach being the two great ministries Convoy has overseas.

At the time of planning this issue, we had no idea it would be announced that Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, is leaving the editorship of the Evangel. The explosive growth of Convoy’s ministry not only in the U.S. but around the world resulted in Convoy’s board of directors asking Hal to pray about devoting all his time and energies to leading Convoy of Hope. After much prayer, he and his wife, Doree, felt the Lord directing them in this way.

Should the Lord tarry, this great compassion ministry, which the Lord laid on Hal’s heart to found years ago, will experience what the apostle Paul said in Ephesians, “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20, NIV). While Hal will be greatly missed by the Evangel staff and many others, it is clear the Lord has directed him to this decision.

As you read the articles in this issue by John Bueno, Kirk Noonan and Mike McClaflin, please pray for God’s hand of guidance and provision for this great ministry — and for the faithful servant He has called to lead it.

— Randy Hurst, AG World Missions communications director

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