Sunday, November 15, 2009

We are Thankful!

We are nearing the Thanksgiving holiday, and while many of us are already thinking past it to Christmas, we wanted to take some time to remember the Lord's many blessings upon us.

We are thankful for the opportunity to serve Him in Mexico City! What a privilege it is to be called to be the standard-bearers to those who do not know Him. Troy and I are also thankful that the Lord has placed a similar calling upon the children for the time they are with us. They are just as excited--if not more so--about telling the Mexican children about Jesus!

We are thankful for the Lord's help during this period of fund-raising. He has helped us setting up church meetings and has helped us as we begin reaching out to individuals as well. This week we have 3 individual meetings! Praise the Lord! Next Sunday, we will also be speaking in the first pastorate of Troy's at Tilton EMC in Iowa. We are excited about "going home" and seeing again those friends who made up our very first church family. The Sunday following Thanksgiving, we will be traveling to Flora, Illinois and speaking in the EMC church there.

We are thankful for such wonderful friends and family members who have taken up our cause both prayerfully and financially. We could not do this without you! May the Lord bless you abundantly for your faithfulness to us!

Please keep us in your prayers this week as we have our first individual meetings and as we prepare for our trip to Iowa. We are privileged to be able to spend Thanksgiving week with Jenny's family in West Des Moines on our last Thanksgiving stateside for awhile.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

6-Month Mark

It was pointed out to Troy yesterday that we only have about 6 months until the May departure date. Wow! It kind of boggled the mind a little bit. We still have a long way to go in the funding, but we believe that as the Lord gave us this date Himself, He knows our need and will provide. There is a story of a community that was experiencing drought, so the pastor of the church called everyone together to pray for rain, telling people that God would answer the prayers of the body and send rain. But on the day selected for the prayer gathering, only one person arrived with an umbrella and rain gear. It's one thing for us to say we believe the Lord will provide--it's another thing to actually act on it as if it had already happened. To that end, we are beginning the paperwork to apply for passports, and whatever other paperwork or steps need to be started. After the Christmas season we will begin the process of packing, storing, and/or getting rid of our stuff. Pray for us!

After a delay, our first batch of letters to individuals went out yesterday. On them, we specifically stated that we would be calling them to set up appointments on Monday. They've officially gone out, so now we have to act on them or appear incompetent. This is scary! Neither one of us were gifted with the abilities (or the ease) of asking people for money and so this is extremely out of our comfort zone. Please pray for us, for Troy especially. He is working on our presentation book to go through with them and getting everything organized. On top of that we are still trying to schedule churches during the remaining weeks of this year and into next. We know that we cannot raise the needed funds on our own. But we also believe that it is not good stewardship to just sit back and let the Lord do all the work--we believe that we have to do our part as well in GOING and TELLING. So please pray with us that we're able to schedule at least 2 personal meetings each week and at least 3 church meetings a month (we want to be traveling 3 out of 4 Sundays each month).

I was reminded during my quiet time this morning of Peter walking on the water to Jesus. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was fine. But the minute he looked around and saw the raging sea and heard the winds, he started to sink. Pray with us that we can keep our eyes on Jesus and the goal He has for us. Pray with us that the sea of doubt and the winds of discouragement do not tear our focus away from Jesus.