“My goal is that [Christians] may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2 – 3
Gary and Amanda Fox’s goal for the Church, both locally and globally, is the same as the Apostle Paul’s; that it would be encouraged and unified to pursue the treasures of knowing God with joyful abandon. This fact was true during their sixteen years at New Life Church and it is true as they pursue the next part of their Journey with God as they lead New Life Movement.
N.L.M. is a ministry that works to unite and strengthen local churches all over the world so that believers see more clearly, God’s plan for His global body. So, armed with their “doctor’s bag” filled with compassion, understanding, hope and the patience required to listen well, Gary and Amanda, God-certified M.D.’s, launch out to bring “restored value for an authentic and balanced spiritual life.”
The scope of their N.L.M. mission is simply a mirror of the life they have lived with the Lord since they met in Jerusalem in 1979. They have seen God do mighty things on a large scale as they travelled the world preaching the gospel and they’ve seen God move powerfully in the lives of people in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as they lived out the gospel on a patient day-to-day basis. You can see these two major seasons of their ministry combine in N.L.M’s core value, “We believe that the hope of the world is Jesus through the local church.”
No matter the spiritual season they’ve found themselves in, no matter the location, size or scope of their ministry, the Foxes have lived out a very real trust in the faithfulness in God. It takes great courage to launch out into something new that spans the size of the whole world after remaining in the familiarity of our community for so many years, even as they will remain headquartered in Coeur d’Alene. God loves courage.
So, in the final analysis, it can be said that we at New Life Church have things pretty good regarding Gary and Amanda. We get to see the exciting things that God will do through them as they adventure throughout the globe, having partner churches in Australia, South Africa, New Zeeland, India and the US, and we don’t even have to say goodbye to them… on a long-term.
Thank you, Gary and Amanda, for everything you have invested in the lives of so many here in Northern Idaho and throughout the world. May your lives know, even more richly, the eternal blessings of a well-founded faith, a living hope and God’s unfailing love.