Twenty Years: Looking Back, Dreaming Ahead
by Kirk Giles
Do you remember your first Promise Keepers event?
I have heard that question and the testimonies that surround it probably hundreds of times in the 19 years that I’ve served on staff. For me, my first Promise Keepers event was actually a smaller seminar in Detroit. It was during this event that God began the journey of reconciliation in a strained relationship between my father and I.
As I look back, it’s hard for me to believe that Promise Keepers Canada turns 20 years old this fall. There are so many stories that can be told from thousands of men about how God has used this ministry in their lives.
In September, 1995, Promise Keepers Canada was officially inaugurated as the first international expansion of the ministry that was sweeping across the United States. Since that time, it is difficult to fully explain or comprehend all that God has done. There are countless stories of men becoming followers of Jesus, marriages and families restored, and men having a Godly impact in the world.
On behalf of every man who has ever been impacted through this ministry, I want to say thank you.
First, I want to thank God for His faithfulness, power, and provision. The fact that Promise Keepers Canada even exists in 2015 is a testament to what God has done. I know there have been many big mistakes made—mistakes that could have been catastrophic to the organization, but God has shown mercy to us time and time again.
I also want to thank every man and woman who has been a part of the board of directors, advisory board, and staff of the ministry. The diversity of this group of people and how God brought them to us and has used their gifts and talents in the right seasons is a remarkable story of seeing the Body of Christ in action. This team has made incredible sacrifices and given wholeheartedly because they believe in the need for Godly men in our nation.
On a personal level, I want to thank the men who preceded me as leader of the ministry. Bill Rutherford was the first President and helped launch the ministry in the mid 1990s. Ken McGeorge stepped into an interim role as national coordinator and helped the ministry navigate some very difficult waters. David Sweet helped to breathe fresh vision and perspective and led the ministry out of our darkest days to a place of having a strong foundation to build from. Ron Hannah led us to believe in blessing others as being more important than our own gain, and helped build structure from the foundations that were in place. Each of these men had a profound influence on my own life, walk with God, and leadership.
Finally, as a team, we are grateful for every person who has ever stood with us to strengthen the men of this nation. Your prayers have been answered time and time again, your financial investment has encouraged us deeply, and your time as a volunteer has made a difference in many lives.
After 20 years, I believe we are just scratching the surface. There is a need for men to be more than just good men—we need to see godly men. Together, and by the grace of God, there are greater days ahead in building godly men across Canada.
Kirk Giles is the president of Promise Keepers Canada. However, his most important roles as a man are husband to Shannon and father to Carter, Joshua, Sydney and Samuel.
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