Tuesday, January 26, 2010

By the numbers

4,000 miles + 65 driving hours + 15 states + 10 beds = 1 month, February 2010

In a couple of weeks our family is hitting the road to share God's calling on our lives, to visit some family and friends, and to take a few more steps on the road to Uganda.

We're excited about the prospect of seeing some old friends, but also about making some new ones. Would you join us in praying for safety as we travel all these miles and for Tim as he adjusts to all these new people and places?

But these aren't the only numbers that have been on our mind. We've been encouraged recently by the way God is bringing people on board with us and the ministry He has for us. We still need people who are willing to commit to giving on a monthly basis, but progress is being made as God continues to provide. We're currently just past 31% of what we need which means there is still 69% remaining. This can seem like a daunting figure at times, but we've chosen to break it down when we think about it.

Think about it with me -- $4500/mo seems like a lot of money; but if we can find 450 people who are willing to give just $10 a month, we could be in Uganda doing the work God has called us to. It can be tempting to think that $10 doesn't make much of a difference, but it really does add up quickly. Could you be someone who joins our cause for $5, or $10, or $100 a month? 

For those of you interested, here is where we'll be over the course of the next four weeks:

  • Jan 30th - 31st ~ Pittsburgh, PA
  • Feb 2nd - 5th ~ Terre Haute, IN
  • Feb 6th - 9th ~ Kendallville, IN
  • Feb 11th - Feb 15th ~ Asbury College, Wilmore, KY
  • Feb 17th ~ Tampa, FL area
  • Feb 18th - 21st ~ Coral Springs, FL
  • Feb 21st - 22nd ~ Orlando, FL
Please keep us in your prayers as we travel; that we would be safe, that we would be bold to share what God lays on our hearts, and that God would bring us into the lives of the right people.

Friday, January 1, 2010

His Timing, Not Ours

Over the past few weeks we've gotten some "good" news and some "bad" news (that's how it appeared to us at first anyway), and we wanted to share that with you all. We'll go good-bad-good.

Just yesterday we found out that we have received a gracious and generous gift to our ministry account that has fulfilled our projected cash need! We are rejoicing that God has provided for that aspect of our financial support. What a great way to start of the new year.

But then, some bad news. While our one-time cash needs are taken care of, our pledged monthly support is currently at just 26%. This is the support that will provide for our ministry and living expenses, and the support that needs to be at 100% before we can leave for Uganda. Because of this reality, a week of training that we anticipated attending in February has been shifted to the last week of July. This also means that our earliest departure date moved from June to August.

But, there's more good news as well. Even though we are not where we were projected to be by this point in our homeland ministry assignment, our boss has cleared us to attend our big training session at Mission Training Institute in Colorado as scheduled (April), which means that training will not be something that delays our departure. This was an encouragement, not only because we had planned around that trip (including our visit to MS in May), but also because it felt to us like a vote of confidence that we are making progress.

We wanted you to know where we stand with raising our support so you can pray for us more effectively. Would you join us in praying for champions who will commit in a monthly way? And to remind you (as we have been reminded) that God's timing isn't always our timing, but His plan is always best. He knows when we need to get to Arua, and He's going to get us there at the right time. We can all rest in the fact that He will make a road for us as long as we trust and follow Him.