As we pulled out of the terminal on the Greyhound bus, both Tom and I with a small child on our lap, the lady beside me asked where we were from and where we were going. I doubt she expected the answer to be so complicated. We were leaving Vancouver on our way to Kelowna, but from Montreal and temporarily stationed in Winnipeg, ultimately trying to reach our (eventual) destination of Elkhart, Indiana.
Full-time support raising has been quite the journey, to say the least. God is providing many opportunities for us to share our story and our needs. We’ve been speaking at churches, small group gatherings, and Bible studies. Although being on the road and living out of suitcases has its challenges, we’ve found this time to be quite encouraging and rewarding. We are anxious to see how the Lord will provide for our remaining support needs.Please pray with us for perseverance, wisdom, and patience as we continue this winding journey. Also pray that the Lord will continue to open doors to provide for our remaining financial needs.
In other news, we have two exciting announcements
#1 : We have a tentative start date in Elkhart, Indiana of June 1st
! We are excited and just a wee bit nervous to be submitting our visa application within the month. It can take up to four months to be granted a response, so we ask for your prayers for a miracle: for us to be granted work visas for the USA to start, Lord willing, June 1st
. On this same note, we cannot leave for the field until we have 100% of our funding in place… So if you’ve been thinking about supporting our ministry, now is the perfect time!
#2 : Our organization is undergoing a name change! HCJB Global is now "Reach Beyond". Although the name is different, our job descriptions do not change. Websites and promotional material are currently being updated to incorporate the new name. Let us know if you’d like more info on the change or feel free to check out the blog post about it on our website
. The Canadian HCJB Global site will be updated in due time. Thankfully, the name change requires no administrative changes… If you are a monthly supporter, everything will be handled automatically, you’ll just start getting receipts from “Reach Beyond”.
Being on the road means we are missing our friends, family, and church family. We’d love to hear from you! Please shoot us a note to let us know how things are going and how we can be praying for you, too. Also, if you know of a church, pastor, or small group that would be willing to hear our story please be sure to let us know!