Remembering the life and legacy of Vicki Gascho
The following is an article written by Vicki in August 2018 as she felt her illness progressing and stepped back from being so active at DAI. We include it today because it captures so much of her heart and spirit.
PASSING THE TORCH
Salutations from Vicki Gascho
Nearly nine years ago a friend told my husband Dick and me about a ministry called DAI and suggested that we inquire into one of their faculty orientations. We showed up—almost like walk-ons to a sports club! I can’t vouch for DAI’s first impressions, but for our part, we immediately connected not only with the mission of servant leadership but with the hearts of the leaders and other newcomers who wanted to give themselves to God on behalf of others. Shortly thereafter we began to facilitate courses in the MAOL program. Eventually I gave additional time to come alongside DAI faculty to offer encouragement, suggest resources, and talk through their needs and issues big and small.
One of the results of the “resourcing” has been the Facilitate newsletter. It has been gratifying to introduce new ideas or discuss known-but-neglected practices, confident that among our worldwide group of facilitators, someone, somewhere would be helped to teach more effectively. Other facilitators and staff stepped in to contribute their gifted expertise as well. And of course, the interaction with coordinators, international staff, facilitators, and students was kept alive by opportunities to travel and facilitate.
During the last three years, increasing health concerns have gradually diminished my ability and energy to continue giving quality effort to the role, and thus it is now time to pass my small torch to others who will ignite new flames and carry them high and brightly. This is all coming at a great time. Elsewhere in this letter, you will read about the beautiful way God is providing men and women who will steer DAI to new effectiveness as they walk through doors that are opening all over the world.
To God be the Glory!