Hello world, wanted to let you know that we are still in Virginia staying with Jon’s parents for the time being. These posts may be starting to sound repetitive, but that’s just kind of the nature of it right now. Allow me to remind you all of what our current state is. We have finished training and hope to be in Paraguay in April. In order for that to happen we need partners who will commit to support us while we are in Paraguay.
The time is called partnership development, and we are very thankful for the experience to date. We have been blessed with opportunities to share our future ministry and vision on a few occasions now, and there are some more opportunities coming up. Be praying as we share at a church in Rocky Mount NC this coming Sunday night.
Overall this has been a slow time for us. It is kind of a nice change of pace in one regards after running around the country (Missouri to Georgia to Oklahoma to New Hampshire to Virginia) and a hectic training schedule. But at times we can feel as though we aren’t accomplishing anything. It is in these times that we have to remember our goals for this phase, and then set out to reach them.
Some of our goals include getting all of our paperwork in order, for Jen to continue her Spanish course, and to say our goodbyes to family. But our biggest goal during this phase is to see a partnership team come together to keep us on the mission field. This partnership is both financial and prayer.
Currently, thanks to some new financial supporters, we are at about 25% of what is recommended we have to go to Paraguay. It’s something we are excited about and continue to look to the Lord in. It’s in the forefronts of our minds right now because we are making the decision at the end of the month on whether we will be financially ready to leave in April. The reason we have to make the decision at the end of the month is because thats when we would have to start our visa application process and buy plane tickets if we are going to make our April departure date. So we’ll be thinking about this a lot in the days ahead.
We would also like to launch a prayer support team. Now, we have folks that are praying for us and are faithful in that, but we have never got organized with a prayer team. So, we would like to make a prayer calendar. What we are asking is that you would sign up to pray one day a month. For example, say sign up for the 14th. So every month on the 14th you remember to offer up a little prayer for the work thats going on. By signing up for our email you can stay up to date with exactly what you can be specifically praying for. Then if we get at least 31 people to sign up, we can have someone praying everyday for the tribal church plant. Wouldn’t that be cool? So if you want to be a part of that, just shoot us a line with what day you would like to pray and then sign up for our newsletter.
There were a few things that Paul always asked for prayer on. He regularly asked for an open door to preach the Gospel (Colossians 4:3) and the courage to boldly proclaim the gospel (Ephesians 6:19). We would ask the same.
So hopefully by the end of the month we’ll have some news for you. Thanks for reading and thank you to those who are helping expand the reach of the Gospel.