We would love to be traveling around to come and visit with you and the rest of our friends to share personally about our news. But understandably 2020 has been different and difficult for us all. In light of the situations of our world, here is what our family has been up to.
Ian’s main job is informing and inviting our friends to join our ministry as prayer and financial partners. Why? Because we wish to see the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, to have its effect on all the people groups of the world. Over 2,000 languages still have not heard.
We will be working with Ethnos360 to reach that goal by having Ian serve in the maintenance department at the USA home office. in the meantime, Monday through Friday mornings I (Ian) am sending emails, handwriting notes, mailing our family picture, stopping at the post office, giving a weekly report to my supervisor, or meeting with my Partnership Development Coach.
Reaching out. My afternoons I mainly reserve for phone calls to ask for appointments to share about our ministry. Since many of our contacts are in California this helps for the time zone difference. Depending on the availability of our potential ministry partners we are having phone/video appointments day or night and a few on the weekends too.
Shopping. One morning a week I am volunteering grocery shopping for the assisted living facility of “The Homes of Ethnos360” Retired Missionaries. One of the missionary couples is my wife’s grandparents Bruce and Dorothy Hartman, but recently Bruce had another fall and will have to go to a higher level of care nursing home, please pray for them.
I am glad to be a help to our retired missionaries. I am praying to be a witness, a missionary, even to our community. This is why I chose to write Psalm 2 on my mask. The kitchen crew needed the extra help with shopping to reduce the risk of bringing in the virus to the retired missionaries.
Jodi and our kids have been busy at home. We are homeschooling. Our oldest child Selah (the creative/imaginative one) has been cleared to start 2nd grade. Jodi uses her early mornings volunteering for a friend editing an academic book on adoption. Our second child, Mercy, (sweet and loyal) is a little young but could start kindergarten this fall. Keziah turns 3 this August, a brave, sweet, and fun girl. She loves water whether it’s the bath, puddles, pool, or the beach. Our son Abel turns nine months old in early August. He crawls and babbles very well. He has the biggest smiles.
Prayer and Praise
-Thank you for taking the time to read this. Your prayers and support are making this mission happen!
-We thank God for the opportunity to be in this organization to spread His fame and that He is providing for our every need!
-Pray for Bruce Hartman as he transitions into a nursing home separate from his wife Dorothy for now.
-Pray that we get more organized in keeping our current partners informed.
-Pray that we get into the right rhythms for sharing about our ministry.
-Pray for the completion of our Ministry Partner team so we can quickly begin the work in the maintenance department, Lord willing by the end of 2020!
God bless you friends. We would also be glad to hear from you how life is going and how we can pray for you.
-Ian, Jodi, Selah, Mercy, Keziah, and Abel Beck