As we come to the close of this Gregorian year of 2018, I wanted to take a few moments and share some things with you.
First of all, Beth and I are grateful to all of you for your prayer and financial support this year and for the last, almost 20 years. Its hard to believe that it has been that long since we launched Shoreshim Ministries, and we could not have continued without you. I must admit that there were times over the last few years that I wasn’t certain about the future of the ministry. Like anyone else, the Clouds have been going through changes – not all bad and not all good. For different reasons, I had even considered “retiring” from the ministry and doing something else. Suffice it to say, the Creator made it very clear that “retirement” was not an option, so we pressed on. We are thankful that over the last year some clarity has slowly emerged as to the future direction of the ministry and, in that vein, we want to share with you some thoughts we are excited about as we begin the next chapter in the Shoreshim story.
As you are most likely aware, we have been working on a completely new website. It’s the brainchild of our son, Brandon, and I must say that, when it is complete, it will be a much better experience for the user and will give us opportunity to provide more content in a more organized manner. Our greater goal is to provide professionally produced, Biblically-balanced teaching in a way that appeals to all ages and then present it on a platform that has the potential to reach more people, more effectively.
We have already seen a dramatic spike in the number of listens and are believing that this type of connection with people will continue to grow.
For instance, one of the changes we have made in this transition is to offer some of our teachings (e.g. Torah Portions, Torah Tidbits and Returning to Our Roots) as podcasts. We have already seen a dramatic spike in the number of listens and are believing that this type of connection with people will continue to grow. Our intent is be able to spread the message the Father has given us to those who aren’t necessarily part of the Hebrew Roots community and particularly that generation who are more likely to listen to a podcast than attend a speaking venue. We have a lot of ideas for future projects that will help us advance this goal, some of which will be available through podcasts and some of which will be available exclusively on this site. We will be sharing these with you as they are developed.
Of course, as it is with any newborn, there are always a few messy situations to clean up, and this experience has been no different. We’re working very hard to eliminate all of the bugs as fast as we can and are deeply appreciative of your patience with us. One of the issues that came to light recently is that some were having difficulty logging in to the new site with their updated user information. Specifically, some were having a hard time resetting their password. We have addressed the issue and have, hopefully, solved that problem. If you had or are having issues logging in, please let us know.
By now you should have received an email explaining how to log in to the new site. As of January 1, 2019, the old site at www.billcloudblog.com will be taken down for good (so long, old friend). Please let us know if you have not received an email from us concerning new log in information. FOR OUR SUBSCRIBERS TO THE GLEANING CORNER: you will NOT be receiving this email. To log in to the new site, you will have to create an account just as you did with our older site. If you are not a current subscriber to our website, I’d like to encourage you to consider partnering with us and becoming a premium member. This is the easiest and most immediate way to help us continue doing what we do.
If you are not a current subscriber to our website, I’d like to encourage you to consider partnering with us and becoming a premium member.
Many of you (and I mean “many”) have written, emailed, called and posted about the disappearance of On This Day, the devotions that we offered for the last several years. The bad news is that the OTD videos you are accustomed to will not be on the new site. The good news is that we are updating On This Day and will resume posting these updated versions on February 6, 2019 (1 Adar I). Also very soon we will be posting the written version of the OTDs on the “Read” section of our site. Though the suspension of OTD has been somewhat of a disappointment to some, we feel that in the long term everyone will be happy to see these updated versions (I know I will, because I hardly look like that guy in the old ones at this point). In the meantime, if you want to view the older versions of OTD, you can see them on our YouTube channel at youtube.com/BillCloudTV.
Transitioning now from websites and internet issues to another component of our future direction is the possibility of starting a community here in the Cleveland/Athens TN area. This is something Beth and I have discussed off and on for years. In times past we flirted with doing something locally but didn’t commit to it for a myriad of reasons, chief among them being that we didn’t feel it was the right time. Of late, however, we have felt that we need to take the steps to create a community in this area. I mention this now because the next step in this process is to invite you to join with us in prayer about this matter. No meeting dates have been set and no venues have been secured! We are simply beginning the process of prayerfully seeking guidance. Your feedback is welcome and particularly if you feel the LORD has given you helpful insight in this matter. Some of the main things to be praying about at this point are 1) Certainty of God’s Will, 2) Clarity of Mission, 3) Timing, 4) Location.
There are other things that I will be discussing with you in the near future as we get a better handle on what the LORD is leading us to do. In the interim, please know that all of the Clouds appreciate each and every one of you. We desire your prayers and are needful of further direction from the Father. We can only hope that this ministry has been a blessing to you and that it has and will, in some small way, serve our Father’s purposes for the Kingdom.
May your home and family be blessed.
Bill & Beth