Friday, January 25, 2013

So it Begins

We had our first speaking engagement of 2013! It was exciting to have an invitation to share about our calling before we'd even sent out requests to speak. We started small - the 3rd & 4th grade Sunday school class - but what a neat opportunity. If there's one thing we know, it's that children are sincere in their questions, and in their prayers. We thoroughly enjoyed speaking to this class, and it was a blessing to share about our experience as missionaries. Thus begins our transition into support-raising season.

Accepting the position at CISP means that we accept the responsibility of raising the support to get us there. Hang on - let's rephrase that. Accepting the position at CISP means that we accept the responsibility of sharing about our financial needs, and we trust GOD to supply the funds to get us there. 

After sitting down with our budget estimates, spreadsheets, & calculators, we've realized that we are nowhere near the monthly amount that we'll need to live in the Czech Republic. However, we're not starting at zero! We are incredibly thankful for each & every sponsor who has remained with us throughout our extended furlough, because it puts us at about the 20% mark. This means we have only 80% left to raise!

You don't need to tell us we have a lot of work cut out for us. It's January 25th; CISP needs us in Prague by August 15th. We have just over 6 months to see this task accomplished.

Our next speaking engagement will be on February 3, at one of the local churches in Niceville. We met with two other pastors this afternoon, to discuss the possibility of speaking in their respective churches. We're seeking as many opportunities as possible to share about the work to which we've been called, but with Phil teaching full-time, our ability to travel is limited. 

As you remember us in your prayers, please pray that:
  • We will have wisdom as to how to spend our time & energy 
  • Opportunities to share locally will be possible
  • We will have the boldness to ask for that which we need
  • God will provide in amazing, remarkable ways for an on-time departure
Stay tuned for more updates!

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