By Dan Vis
September 04, 2019
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The picture above captures exactly how I feel right at the moment. Exhausted, ready to sprawl out and get some rest. But at the same time, excited about where I am.
Why? Because this past month was an incredibly busy time filled with lots of huge changes for our site. And while I'm ready for a week's vacation to catch up on sleep--I'm also super excited about what has been accomplished.
If you've been keeping up with our emails you know we accomplished three really big upgrades:
1) First, a brand new store with all our resources upgraded to use a new logo and new format (that matches our digital resources). Best of all, we now have all our Online Classes available for purchase in printed form. Exciting!
2) Second, we overhauled our Training Teams, to allow plans for families, small groups, and of course churches as before. We trust these new options will give even more people a chance to plug into FAST training.
3) Third, our entire training curriculum was organized into something we're calling the Lab Roadmap. This actually involved a huge number of changes--but in a nutshell we opened up pretty much every one of our training classes year round and organized everything for you in a step by step success path.
To get all three of these done in one month with no major hiccups was pretty massive. But the effort was worth it. We've been wanting to make all of these changes for months now--and knowing it's all behind us is, well, still hard to grasp. Wow!
The other thing that makes me incredibly excited, was the successful launch of Revival Keys, a brand new training program for Lab members on how to seek, spark, sustain, and spread revival. In many ways, I believe this is one of the MOST important training courses we've ever put together. And we're well under way now.
We had just a handful shy of 200 participants sign up, making it one of our largest classes yet--and the engagement during the first few weeks of the class has been great. In fact, it's left me more convinced than ever of the vital need for this training, and that it is going to play an increasingly important part in our ministry's future. The fact this class is actually running right now is also, hard to believe...
A Bright Future
I was just looking over last month's Inside Report and noticed where I wrote I expected August to be "one of the critical turning points in our ministry". Looking back, I think it proved to be exactly that. Between all huge changes to our site, and the launch of Revival Keys, it was a month I won't forget soon.
Of course September won't be much slower. (Ok, maybe a couple days break in there somewhere!) This month we're shifting our focus toward setting up systems to help us grow our ministry more quickly. Now that we've largely completed our site upgrade, we want to get the word out to as many people as possible. And we've got a long list of ideas in mind to help facilitate that.
This month's changes will be quieter, more under-the-hood kind of stuff--but God willing, they will enable us to attract many more students, and speed up our efforts to bring cutting-edge, Bible-centered training to the world.
Of course, our ability to devote constant uninterrupted attention to this work is only possible because of committed partners, like you, who give sacrificially to support what we're doing. Our burden to empower believers everywhere to make disciples in their small corner of the world is as strong now as ever. And our eye is fixed on 2020 to do something big. But our freedom to focus strategically like this is thanks to you. And I'm sincerely grateful!
To the future,
Dan & Vi
Has FAST been a blessing to you? Have a question about our upcoming plans? Just want to share a quick note? Use the comment box below...
|Posted by Dan Vis on 09/08/19|
|Yes, no doubt! I always say she is the heart behind the ministry. My better half for sure Qing. Actually, I think the account she uses is Marieanne.|
|Posted by Qing Ling on 09/07/19|
|My favourite part is that you signed off with both your names. For those who haven’t met the other half of FAST Missions, she is one special Spirit empowered lady! 💓👏 Vi|
|Posted by Anita Huffman on 09/06/19|
|Dan, I'm glad it was helpful. I tried to "like" your post but nothing changed so I don't know if it worked or not. :)|
|Posted by Dan Vis on 09/04/19|
|Thanks Jamie, and Paul for the feedback. Really excited to be able to see the site do more good as it improves little by little. All glory to God! :)|
|Posted by Paul Carson on 09/04/19|
|Thank you Dan & Vi for following our LORD's leading as Coach-Encouragers. Being a disciple of Christ has never been so rewarding. FAST is facilitating that. Thank you.|
|Posted by Jamie-Leigh Timoti on 09/04/19|
|Amen - site is looking amazing and is impacting my spiritual walk in a MASSIVE way - I can’t stop sharing this with the ones I love. Keep going team FAST - God bless|
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