- posted by T
Well, we have spent the last 114 days in a season that we will forever remember as our “first itineration.” Our family has traveled over 8000 miles through six states during that time. We communicated with a little over 30 churches and participated in services with 18 of those congregations. I was also able to speak at a couple of school Bible Clubs, attend 3 preacher meetings, conduct one funeral, and speak 5 times at Project Acts (a local missions camp here in West TN). We have met our monthly budget goals and raised $7500 for Watoto Discipleship projects such as Bibles and portable sound systems. When we have not been “on the road” we have been living with our Pastor, Randy Carter, and his wife Nancee. Living with two godly people eager to explore their spiritual gifts of grandparenting has been a wonderful pleasure. For better or worse our boys have learned how to sweetly “take over” a Sunday School class with stories of Africa. Along the way we graduated from a few Facebook pics and some cool stories to a display table, official promo DVD’s, prayer cards, a website, and monthly email newsletters. For whatever it’s worth – we at least FEEL more like missionaries now!
We are keenly aware that the fruitfulness of this season is a testimony not to our productivity but to Divine Favor and Provision. God has continually, despite our shortcomings, poured on us a steady stream of support and encouragement from friends, family, pastors, churches, and even strangers. It is so humbling to realize that all we have really done in this process is tell God “Yes” and He has absolutely been the wind in our sail from that moment forward. If you are reading this note, that means you are one of those blessings of encouragement in our lives and we are so grateful for you. Please pray for us as we depart Tues afternoon July 12 from Nashville at 3pm. We know that two consecutive 8hr plane trips will be a grueling stretch for Reynah. If you have seen her recently, you know that Reynah and “stop” or “still” really have nothing in common. Please continually pray with us that our transition to long-term ministry with Watoto will be a smooth one.
As I “pause” at midnight to write this note, with only about 20hrs of daylight left on American soil before our departure, I am so joyful for my sons. In the last year of their lives they have learned so much about calling, supernatural provision, and God’s love. My sons are learning that surrender to Christ means partnership with other Christians. They have learned that God is our family’s source of income. They have learned to embrace God’s global campaign of redeeming souls. They have learned that friends are the most valuable resource anyone can possess. I pray this note finds your family focused on your Maker. May you be found wrestling with your calling. May you enjoy the rich fellowship of partnering with other believers for a greater cause. May your children grow in the knowledge of God as they participate with you in a Kingdom cause.