Welcome to the Baldwin Boomerang

We long to see people in every tribe, tongue and nation transformed for God's glory. Our mission is to share the gospel by producing effective, compelling media tools that people can understand in their own culture and language. We are preparing to serve as full-time media missionaries with Create International. Toward that end we completed an extensive missions training program called a Crossroads DTS at YWAM Perth, Australia and a secondary YWAM school called the School of Frontier Media in Thailand. We are currently on furlough in North America and hope to see you face-to-face in 2010!

Support Information: Our support goal is currently near 50%.

You may send gifts and donations for our support to our sending agency Ripe for Harvest and please designate Account #247 in the memo line without including our name on the check. You may then mail the check directly to:

Ripe for Harvest, P.O. Box 487, Monument, CO 80132

PLEASE note new address.

It can take up to a month and a half for us to see your donation show up on our report. Also, Ripe for Harvest is able to issue a tax deductible receipt in the USA, but YWAM in Thailand is not.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Answered Prayer

This was our prayer agenda for our meeting this morning. We will post answers to these prayers below.

We are eager to serve God in the capacity of missionaries with YWAM and are on the verge of taking our next step in the process by leaving for training. Time is short and our energy is waning.

We are well over a week behind schedule from when we hoped to make a firm decision about leaving. We pray for clear leading whether we are to go to training in South Africa or in Texas at this time. (Or as it turns out possibly none of the above, it's good to ask God about things as he often has different, better ideas. See the conclusion at the end of this post.)

We ask God for the timely release of the remaining financial provision for the training program:

$8000 for training/outreach expenses (Now reduced to $7875)

$1800 in outgoing expenses (Moving & Equipment such as laptop, camera)

Confirmation of our acceptance into their program and that the South Africa office will be able to quickly issue our necessary travel visas without hindrance. (They have finally received our full application and are processing it, only the missing passport numbers are slowing up the travel visa process.)

Speedy passport delivery. (We were surprised when they were recently held up.) (The Passports have now all arrived at last!)

Speedy resolution of health issues:

  • A proper and timely diagnosis and treatment for Sam's health condition. He may have some kind of bacteria that is causing him to have persistent stomach upset. The doctors were concerned he may have an ulcer or developing one. (Sam is now taking three different pills, two are antibiotics and we are hoping these will help, this treatment will last until early July)

  • Steve's lipoma surgery (I'm back and all is well, thanks team!)

  • Steve's ongoing chronic mysterious abdominal pain for over 2 years (My urologist suggested it may be neurological, a spinal disk problem or sciatica . . . so I have more doctor's visits ahead. The ultrasounds, x-rays, cat scans and other tests have suggested it is not kidney stones, a hernia, or problems of the pancreas or prostrate. I'm not debilitated by this pain, but it's a nuisance for sure, and means I'm not good at lifting much or running marathons!)

    Next week Allyson has surgery to remove a cyst from her ankle. )

  • Allyson's swelling on her ankle. (Allyson's appointment with an orthopedic surgeon has helped her ankle, and the monitoring of this persistent problem means Allyson will have surgery to remove the cyst from her ankle on July 1st and will convalesce for a few days.)

  • affordable international health insurance. (Marnie Ketcham gave us a good lead here!)

Energy and focus to complete the tasks ahead of us. We need the momentum to keep going forward. The Lord will lead and we will follow. We deeply desire to be a blessing for God and for His people in His proper timing and place. (We were rushing to South Africa. Our conclusion at this time is that the proper time and place for our training is not to go to South Africa in late June since there are so many health and logistic issues and red flags slowing us down and keeping us from going at present. Plan B is to regroup and do the same initial training program for YWAM in Perth Australia as part of our big move there in early January 2009. More details as we continue to sort this all out in our next newsletter coming early July. Big deep breaths. . . )

Thanks! And please do send us your prayer requests, we are praying for you, too!


Tanager said...

I have a digital camera I was going to hold onto for a backup, but maybe it would do for you folks. It's a 7.1 megapixel Nikon Coolpix 7600. I must have the manuals around for it. It's got a zillion gizmos on it, and even will take movies. You'll need a card for it, though, as I took the 2GB card and moved it to another camera. But you can get those cheap on eBay. Interested? Let's hook up. Eventually I'd have sold it on eBay, but I'm much rather you use it if you think it will suit.

americans in oz said...

Hello Baldwins and welcome to Western Australia. My name is Steven Elam. I previously served here with OC International/Sports Ambassadors from 99-02 in Perth. I am back in Perth now after a few years off. Please feel free to contact us when you arrive. Our home phone is 6202-2882. We can possibly help with your transition.

Steve said...

Steven, thanks for finding us here on Blogger. I think you can definitely help with our transition. In fact, I'm thinking can I put my with Allyson in touch with your wife Paula asap? Allyson and I can be reached at baldwinboomerang@gmail.com

You have a lovely family and a great blog. I just read the whole thing!