a big announcement

Today, over nine hundred letters are going in the mail to all of the donors on record of CEO. This letter is from the board of directors of Christian Educators Outreach announcing that I am going to be working full time as CEO’s executive director. I leave Covenant one week from today and will dearly miss my colleagues. The purpose of this letter is to inform our donors of the past nine years of this change and to ask them to support the ministries of CEO.

People ask, what will you be doing? Where will you be?

I will answer the “where will you be” question now and the other later.

Sweet Anna and I will continue to live in Charlottesville as we have for 14 years. CEO was started here and all of our connections for the running of the organization are here. So, we will not need to move. I have traveled over 60 days a year for the mission of CEO for several years from C’ville and though the number of days away will certainly increase, the base can and will remain here.

I am very thankful to have an amazingly supportive board. Here are some excerpts from that letter…

“Dear Friends,

We, the Board of Directors, are writing to let you know of a significant change taking place at Christian Educators Outreach. This dramatic step forward will allow CEO to take a stronger role in advancing God’s kingdom and to reach the potential with which it was founded. Since its origin in April, 2000, CEO has supported ministries to those in spiritual and physical need in Hungary, Ukraine, Croatia and most recently South Africa. As our partners in these locations have spread the Gospel of Christ and His love, our Executive Director, Tom Foley, has facilitated, encouraged and mentored them, all while working as a full time teacher at The Covenant School. In addition, scores of students have been led by Tom on mission trips in support of these efforts.

After a period of study, discernment and prayer, Tom, with the blessing of the Lord and the encouragement of his wife Anna and the Board of Directors, is leaving his teaching position to go full time into the ministry of CEO. With God’s help and Tom’s full time attention, CEO will be able to fulfill its mission of placing English teachers in Hungarian schools, enabling church planters to start new churches and giving professional and spiritual assistance to preschools in Africa….

…Thank you again for your love and support for the work of CEO. We covet your prayers that the God of all grace and glory will bless this work of His hands.”

I am gratified to be serving in this capacity and look forward to seeing what God will do through us in this new chapter! Next up: “What will you do?”

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