Dear friend, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalms 42:1-2. These words from the Psalmist reflect what Blaise Pascal called the “God shaped vacuum”, that is within every human soul. Only God can fill it, nothing else. It is what we are made for, communion with God. It is why the Holy Spirit was poured out on us at Pentecost; for us somehow to become God’s temple (I Cor. 3:16). It is the goal of our teleios journey; to know union with God in Christ through the Spirit.
As we face this pandemic in 2020, we are encouraged that our hope lies in the reality of God. So many other things call out as our remedy, social, economic, political; but they cannot fill the “soul thirst” in each of us. We need to address all our societal issues, but foundationally our identity is based on “meet(ing) with God”. This is our prayer and deepest desire for you: that you might more fully know “Christ and him crucified”. It has been our goal over these past months, as we meet with individual men, and as our groups meet virtually; to keep pressing into what it means to be rooted in the love of Jesus. We were so encouraged by the participation in our virtual Teleios 50th year Celebration in September! If you haven’t had a chance to view the video, you might want to at www.teleiosmen.com ! We have heard back from so many of you that it is a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness. Thank you for your support of the ongoing work of Teleios!
As in previous years, we need to raise 40% of our annual budget during November and December. This year that number is $133,000. Would you consider a year end gift to help continue our work with men through Teleios? You can give via check, stock, or online EFT/credit card (www.teleiosmen.com)
May we all drink deeper from God’s “streams of water!”
Tucker Bordner - Board Chair Shawn Petree - Associate Art Kopicky - President