Greetings to all,
Several months ago - shortly after I became Executive Director of Lutheran Indian Ministries, Winston Wilson called me to tell me of his plans to retire from LIM and from active ministry in the coming year. After many discussions, Winston agreed to stay on until July 31, 2017. So, today marks the end of Winston Wilson's career in ministry with Lutheran Indian Ministries.
Winston has been a great blessing to our organization, to the cause of Gospel proclamation on the Olympic Peninsula, to the people of Neah Bay, and to Makah Lutheran Church.
The transition from Winston to Ben Maxson, Winston's successor demonstrates Winston's passion and dedication to ministry, to LIM, and to those whom he served. Many if not most transitions are marked by pettiness and jealousy mixed with sadness and regret. Not this one. Winston worked closely with Ben; mentored, tutored, and walked along side of him in transition. In every conceivable way, Winston gave of his time, talents and yes, even his treasures to this transition. His generosity in each of these ways enabled us to facilitate and afford his transition to Ben and was instrumental in making it happen. By behaving in such a selfless manner, Winston ensured and smooth and his seamless transition.
We are richly blessed by Winston's years of service in ministry to Native American's to Native American peoples on the Olympic Peninsula. We will especially miss his musical talents and abilities at staff meetings.
I am confident that God is not done with Winston yet because we all know that there is no real retirement in ministry.
Please join me in thanking Winston and wishing him, Connie, and his family God's richest blessings as they adapt and adjust to Winston's new career in retirement.
May God bless you and keep you always.
Tim Young Eagle
Lutheran Indian Ministries