As we sat down to dinner at a dear friend's house the other night, our last meal together before heading west for support raising for an unknown length of time, I commented on the inukshuk statue she had on the table. I hadn't ever noticed it before.
My friend asked if I knew that they were for.
"Direction?" I responded.
"Yes, for navigation." She said. "Do you know why it's on the table?"
The candles flickered in the silence.
"So you know you'll always have a home here with us."
Cue watery eyes.
'They' told me the hardest thing about being a missionary is the constast goodbyes. As per usual, 'they' are right. These goodbyes aren't easy.
In just 12 days, we head west! West to see our families (and introduce our son Matthew!), to celebrate Christmas, and to continue support raising.
We still have 25% of our ongoing support to raise and are moving forward in faith that this will come through - so much so, we are applying for our work visas to begin in Elkhart, Indiana this coming June! We are excited to see what God has in store for us as we head west and are eager to take on this next phase of the journey.
We will be calling La Salle, Manitoba home base for the next while, living in a house a gracious family has offered for our stay. Our phone number, email addresses, and FaceBook accounts remain the same though, so you know how to reach us!
So far on the itinerary is a gathering at Winnipeg Evangelical Church at the end of the month, a meeting in McGregor mid January, followed by a trip to the West Coast. We are eager to add to the itinerary and would love to see you if you are among the awesome people of central or western Canada.
We are absolutely floored and humbled by the support we've received over the last couple of months. Amazing, truly amazing! This has to be God's hand at work.
Lakeshore Church exceeded(!) their goal of $20000. That puts us so close to going, we can taste it.
So, here's a great big THANK YOU to Lakeshore, and to the anonymous donor... We trust that God will bless you richly, because we can't thank you enough.
We've also had the opportunity to meet with a few more pastors and present at a few more churches. With so many welcoming, open doors to walk through, we feel soooo blessed. A few of those churches will be taking us to their missions boards in the upcoming year. We love the hearts of these congregations, and we'd feel so privileged to have them as part of the team.
In other news: We've started our US work visa application. Keep that in prayer, please.
And guess what! Our little boy Matthew arrived last Monday (hence the pause in blogging!). He'll get his own post right away, so say tuned.
Yes, the matching donation challenge is still on. Every bit helps, especially because it is DOUBLED. Booya! To get in on this challenge, use the 'donate now' button on the post below this one 🙂
In other great news, we've been blessed with a few more monthly sponsors this past month! We are so grateful and are now only in need of about 27 more families/individuals/churches/groups to come on board on an on-going basis and we are headed to the mission field! People, we are getting CLOSE!
Because departure time is drawing near, we have also started the formal application process for work visas in the USA. We have an attorney helping us with this and are really relying on God to open doors and provide those much-needed visas. Prayer regarding this are very much appreciated!!
An anonymous donor has put forward an awesome challenge - For the month of September From now until Thanksgiving (!!), any donations toward our mission will be MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR up to $10,000!!! (which would then become $20,000!!!). Is that not amazingly awesome?
We are heading into the final stretch of support raising before heading to the field (just need to find 30 27 more monthly supporters), and this is the boost we need to get us closer to our goal! If you've been considering giving, now's the perfect time!
For more information of what we will be up to, this page gives you the low-down, and our recent newsletters can fill in more details. Or, just chat with us about it!
To give a one-time gift towards our mission, receive a tax-receipt, and have your money MATCHED, DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR you can give securely online via the 'donate' button on this page. We will need your mailing address and name so we can get you a tax receipt. These matching-dollar donations will be receipted through Lakeshore Church.
Thank you, everyone, for your support!
As you can see, the new site is live! We have lots to add in, fill out, and update... But it's here!
Let us know if you need a tutorial on how to leave a comment, contact us, or access different pages. Although we were able to bring over all of our previous posts, the comments were lost in the process. Bear with us, it'll be a learning curve, but it'll get better from here. 🙂
We have 13ish weeks before baby #2 arrives. Shortly thereafter, we will be heading to Manitoba to (Lord willing) find the last of our support team, and head to the mission field as soon as that is in place.
So…. This is it Montreal! This is the time to help us reach the mission field!
If you’re been meaning to meet with us - now is the time!
If you’ve been meaning to host a small group of people for us to share our ministry with - now is the time!
If you’ve been meaning to put us in contact with your pastor - now is the time!
Now is the time, it is our final weeks in Montreal before we embark on our journey. Help us reach the mission field, for missionary don’t just go, they are SENT!