Wisdom urges us to heed the signposts. We were worried about rampaging wildebeests, yet the sign clearly indicates a Kangaroo Crossing ahead.
In other words, we were on a fast track to YWAM training in South Africa, however, God had a better, less breakneck plan for us. Our departure for candidate training school has been postponed until the end of December and relocated to Perth. This plan will place us in Australia sooner—without facing the complications and expenses of a five month excursion to Africa.
Further confirming that we've chosen wisely, Allyson is currently convalescing from ankle surgery she received on the same date we expected to arrive in Capetown.
Thank you again for your faithful prayers. As you prayed for us, our path become much more obvious. Thanks also to your many exceedingly generous financial sacrifices and gifts, nearly all of our training expenses have been received. Our fund raising will now focus on funding our long-term missions work before the end of the year. Currently, we are at 25% of the monthly goal needed to depart to the mission field full-time. Please pray with us for many more partners to join us in this essential ministry effort.
You are our tribe sending us out to bless other tribes in Jesus name. This partnership allows each of us to contribute effectively for God's global purpose. His deep desire is for all of us to take part in His plan to bring His gospel to the very ends of the earth. For now (at least) that means we get to go and you get to stay, pray and send us along the way.
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” - Psalm 105:1
A few of our friends have recently reported that they are still not clear on the who, what, where and whys of the work we long to do with Create International. Some have even cheerfully confessed that they're merely supporting us because they like us so much. Whereas we are delightfully flattered, we would be more confident if our mission objectives were more clear to everyone. Now that you understand our calling, will you permit us the follow-up opportunity to share more specifically about the strategic importance of Create International's work itself?
Accordingly, our deep desire is to meet with every single one of you face-to-face if possible before we permanently depart for Down Under. May we enjoy the privilege of your company again to share with you the tremendous need among illiterate, unreached people in the 10/40 window today? We are at your disposal to meet with you at breakfast, coffee, lunch, tea, dinner or desert at your place or ours or anywhere in between. What works for you? Let us know. We'd love to hear from you.
To whet your appetite we have attached an exciting report from Create International to this newsletter (in the previous blog) that describes the significant impact of one of their recent projects in India.
You can partner with us long-term with regular support contributions now. Send donations to:
Ripe for Harvest
2824 N. Power Road #113282
Mesa, AZ 85215-1674
Please do not put our name on the check, instead designate Account #247 in the memo line. Please email us for a response card. Thanks!