a chaotic, awesome, scary, stretching, amazing, beautiful haze

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It's now been almost three months since we packed up and took a leap of faith. Leaving the comforts of home and living out of suitcases in  order to find the remainder of our support team so we can head to the mission field. In the past three months we've seen some pretty amazing things happen. We've been stretched, to say the least. But it has been so incredible. I've been brought to my knees, I've been moved to tears, brought to places I would have only dreamed of reaching... And find it really hard to even begin to describe this journey and how awesome it's been. I want to write it all down to share with you, and to remember later when miracles may not seem so evident. But I also need sleep. And to play with the kids. And make dinner, clean the house, host guests, write follow-up emails, help prepare presentations, pack (for the 657th time), and do more laundry. So I find myself staying up late every once in a while to try and type out something blog-worthy that lands up coming out as nothing more than a stream of consciousness. And here we go again, I see. I can hardly believe that the six-week-old that we left with is now four months old.  My little toddler turned three this past weekend and has grown out of most clothes that I packed for him three months ago. I'm overwhelmed with feelings like we are truly living by being pushed to the limit... While simultaneously plagued with guilt that my kids feel most at home in their carseats these days. I feel like we've been doing this forever, yet still don't have a clue as to what we are doing. I feel like it will be forever before we get to return to our home in Montreal (albeit temporarily) yet shocked to think we only have six weeks left. I'm amazed at how much our sending team has grown (we've moved from just under 60% at year end, to now just over 87%!!!) but anxious to find the remaining 13%. We are so blessed to be supported by so many amazing people and can't wait to find out who else will be on the team! Here's to the next six weeks 🙂   For those of you praying with us on this wild ride, please keep the following items in prayer:
  • Patience yet persistence during this time of deputation
  • Wisdom and patience in parenting while being so transient
  • Renewed energy and enthusiasm as we enter this final stage of support raising to reach the mission field
  • That The Lord will bring forth the remaining 13%
  • That we will be granted visas to work in the US
  • That our sons will adjust well to returning to Montreal (after being surrounded by so much family)
Thank you to all who support us, in so many different ways!

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Crazy, crazy… Look who’s passed 80!

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80th-Birthday-Supplies                                 We are THRILLED to announce that we've surpassed 80% of our funding needs! We are incredibly thankful for all the opportunities we've been granted to share about our ministries and our needs... And even MORE thankful for those who have responded in a supportive manner! We are now eagerly searching for the remaining 20% of our sending team so we are able to hit-the-ground-working this coming June. --> Click here to get involved and help make this happen! --> Click here to hear more about what we will be up to. Our primary need is new monthly supporters.  On-going support (such as monthly or annual) is what frees missionaries to focus on the work they need to do, instead of being preoccupied with adequate funding. However on-going support isn't an option for everyone, and in those cases one-time gifts are beautiful. We are so thankful for everyone who supports in any way.

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He says “So, tell me about yourself!”

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Our current situation is a little bit up-side-down and very much the right way up. It's very busy, yet wide open. And I haven't quite figured out how to explain us in 2 sentences or less... You know, the kind of response you need when the person next to you at a potluck asks "So, tell me about yourself!" We are Tom and Candice and we are on a journey heading into full time missions. Our destination is Elkhart, Indiana. We will be serving with Reach Beyond... Which was formerly (as in, like last week) HCJB Global... They have two main focuses: Media ministries and health care. Tom is an engineer and I'm a nutritionist and we both feel passionate about reaching beyond our comfort levels to improve the lives of those in need. So really, Reach Beyond is a really great fit. So about a year and a half ago we began lining up our lives to (eventually) leave our jobs, leave our home, and leave our life as we knew it to relocate to Elkhart, Indiana to work full time as missionaries serving at the Technology Center. Tom will work on radio, media, and fresh water projects. I will be a consultant (by distance) to health care and community development projects and take care of the family on the home front. As resources and opportunities allow, we will also travel to field sites and assist in these projects in the field. Reach Beyond works in over 150 different countries. So the above is about as short as I've gotten it so far. But the next question usually requires nearly as complicated of an answer: Where are you from? Tom and I were both born in Manitoba (Canada). Tom's from Winnipeg and I'm from Dauphin. After we were married in 2997 we moved to Montreal and have called that 'home' ever since. During our time in Montreal we served on a few short term missions - 6 months in Costa Rica and 2 months in Ecuador. The experiences of those mission trips led us to the path we are currently on. About a year and a half ago we started the (daunting) climb of finding our support team to head into full time missions. You see, to be missionaries with Reach Beyond, we need to find our own support (ie - a team of people willing to financially support the work we will be doing on an on-going basis to cover the financial cost of being a missionary. This includes a living allowance, health insurance, contribution to Canadian Pension Plan, etc). This is no simple nor small task. As you could imagine, all those add up for a family of four. Which takes us back to the question of 'Where are you from?' Because after a while where you are, there are no more opportunities to tell your story, your mission, and your needs. So you need to move on. So after about a year of support raising in Montreal we packed our bags and took a leap of faith... Laying our needs, our desires, and our family in God's hands. So currently nowhere is home, but also our home is everywhere. We are following any and all opportunities to speak about our mission and our needs and letting the Lord provide as He wills. It is our desire to be in Elkhart to start work on June 1st (of this year), but we are waiting on miracles to make that happen: We still need to find the remaining 20% of our funding, secure visas to work in the states, and over come some logistics of moving our family there. Thankfully we get to rely on God for all of it. He has taken care of logistics (everywhere we've been, someone has offered us a vehicle to use WITHOUT us asking!), finding us supporters (we ARE 80% of the way there!!!), and places to be (in the past 2 months we've spoken at multiple events in 3 different provinces). We've been connected with families, churches, and small groups that I never thought possible. He has found us a home in the midst of this awesome chaos we currently find ourselves in. So we are riding this wave. This awesome, stretch-us-beyond-our-limit wave. And trusting. Trusting Him with everything in our lives - our needs, our desires, our future... even our precious young sons... And are confident that we will end up where we need to be when we need to be.

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Reach Beyond!

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After many years of operating as HCJB (in one form or another), the ministry is changing its name. In 1931 Clarence Jones, Reuben Larson and others started station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador.  The radio and healthcare ministries they initiated way back then continue to live on today. I’m super excited to tell you that HCJB Global is now Reach Beyond, with the motto: “The Voice and Hands of Jesus. Together.” HCJB was, and Reach Beyond is, about equipping and empowering our national partners to do the ministries that God has called them to do.  With this model of missions, we are recognizing and respecting our national partners the incredible skills and abilities that God has given them to reach their own people. In a difficult embrace of this model, the organization has also given the radio station that started the whole thing, HCJB AM/FM of Quito, Ecuador, to the Ecuadorian nationals -- and along with it, the radio station's call letters, and our (former) name.  We will continue to partner with HCJB radio, but it is now in the hands of the Ecuadorians, who are best able to minister to their own people. Through your faithful effort, you help us “reach beyond” our comfort zones and perceived limitations to take the gospel to the unreached and serve those in need. Be sure to visit the organization's new website at reachbeyond.org to learn more about the fresh presentation of the vision that Clarence Jones and so many others established in years past.  And please be sure to pray that God will continue to multiply efforts so that His name is declared and glorified among the nations! Questions? Let us know! We'd love to answer them 🙂

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In His hands…

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Candice and I are in the middle of a mountain-top moment right now... It's an amazing place to be. I'm writing this down, as much to share it with everybody, as to record it so that I'll remember when times are tougher. We've had to place ourselves in God's hands, as we've begun our (final?) stretch of deputation. We are heading out June 1st, and need to find about 20 families between now and then who are moved to support us financially, to complete the team. We're we're trusting God to open doors, and oh boy, has He ever! 3 out of the last 4 weeks we've had time in front of congregations, in Winnipeg, Dauphin , and MacGregor. We've been blessed to speak to a bible study group a few dusts ago in Victoria, BC, another in Vancouver on tomorrow, another the next week in Winnipeg. Two churches have offered us pulpit time in February. We are living in a house that has been loaned to us for our stash in Manitoba, people are lending us cars to get around everywhere we go. God *must* be moving in these people's hearts, because we just couldn't convince them to do that if we tried! A couple of days ago, in MacGregor, we had the whole service to present what we feel God has laid on our hearts, to a whole new bunch of people. We didn't even ask anybody for the time... A friend of Candice's asked us to join them. God must have been moving on her heart, because it was exactly what we needed, and didn't know how or who to ask. And what a welcoming response from people who didn't know us from Adam! They were such an encouragement to us on our journey. The week before, we spoke in Dauphin, at a men's breakfast and a church where we've seen the hand of God at work every time we get to attend. So cool!!! The kids have been great, turning into nomads. I'm especially impressed with JJ, sleeping in so many different beds, meeting so many different people, and still being such a source of joy for us all. And Matthew, just going with the flow in a way I never expected a two-month-old to be able. So many people, making so many amazing sacrifices to make this happen! We are so blessed to get to represent this team, and get sent by them to do God's work. May God bless them all in the ways that only He can, with peace and joy, and rewards in Heaven.

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Manitoba moments

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We've arrived, settled in, and have had a wonderful Christmas with our families. Christmas2013   We now look forward to continuing our support raising journey and are leading off with a bang! Sunday, December 29th we will be speaking during the morning service at Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church and hosting a meet and greet afterwards in the Fireside room. Saturday, January 4th, Tom will be speaking at Grace Bible Church's men's breakfast in Dauphin and we will be presenting our mission during the Sunday morning service on the 5th. Sunday, January 12th we will be at Westend Community Church in MacGregor, Manitoba From Monday January 13th to the 23rd we will be near the west coast, visiting family and friends in Victoria, Vancouver, and Vernon, BC. We still have 3 churches to set dates with and possibly an additional 3 churches to meet with. We look forward to the busy January and it is our prayer that these church dates will result in meetings with families; to get to know congregation members and to share what's on our hearts. Please continue to pray with us that the remaining funding will come into place and we WILL be heading to Elkhart for our June 1st start date!

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One-time gifts are beautiful

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As we approach year end, please consider making a donation to our mission fund! Not only will this get us to the field sooner, but also gets you a tax receipt! HCJB Global is a registered charity in both Canada and the USA. IN CANADA: Call our head office to process a donation via credit card: 1-888-354-4252 (account #4110555) Mail a cheque (4110555 in the memo line) to: HCJB Global 3-44 Saltsman Drive, Cambridge, ON N3H 4R7 Or simply give securely online here (credit card or PayPal):
IN THE USA: Call: 719-590-9800 (account #110555) Mail a cheque (110555 in the meo line) to: HCJB Global PO Box 39800 Colorado Springs, CO 80949-9800 Or give securely online via this link 🙂       Thank you for al of your awesomeness! Merry Christmas!!

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