Wednesday, January 15, 2014

14 things we're praying for/looking forward to in 2014

We've been thinking a bit over the past few days about how faithful God has been to us over the years and specifically over the last year. Going hand and hand with that has been some thinking about what we're looking forward to in this coming year. We know because of how He has lead us in the past we can trust that He will continue to lead us.

Here are some things we're either  looking forward to or praying to see happen this year.

14. Our family returning to Africa
We can't wait to get back to Africa. Don't get us wrong, we've loved our time in America and with our families, but God has called us to Africa and that is where our hearts are.

13. People to join our team in prayer and support
We're excited to see who God is going to bring onto the team. If God is leading you to be a part of what He is doing in Congo, you can click here.

12. Continued safety and reliability as we travel in the States
Pretty self-explanatory, but we've been blessed with safety in our travels and don't take that for granted.

11. Moving into Congo
Our prayer is that after we return to Africa, that God would open the right doors and we'd be able to move to Beni and begin ministry there.

10. Improved facility with our Swahili and French
We've been working on our French and Swahili in preparation for our ministry and we're praying that we'll see some improvement there.

9. Some time, as a couple and as indivuals, for renewal and formation
Not sure exactly what that needs to or will look like, but we feel like this is an important part of what God wants to do in us this year.

8. Some more baseball
If you know Scott, you know he loves sports. He has a dream of visiting every MLB stadium for a game. Even more than that, it has become an opportunity for some father-son bonding as he takes one of the boys each time. The boys are already asking when baseball season starts.

7. A full schedule of churches and individual meetings in which we can share more of what God is doing

6. Peace in Congo, especially in the East
Peace has eluded eastern Congo for so long. They've tried military solutions, political solutions, international solutions. True peace will only come as Jesus transforms that country.

WGM Uganda team Sept. 2012
5. Our Uganda teammates who are currently on HMA to be released to return to Uganda
We're excited that God is raising up more people to continue the work in Uganda and we're praying that they will be released to return to (Burkes, Hallahans, Leisures, Hopsons) or begin (Metzs, Williams) their ministries.

4. Seeing how God chooses to provide all we need
We don't know who God will use to provide the funding our ministry requires, but we do know He has called us to it and He will provide all we need to do it.

3. Getting to see Grandma and Grandpa's new house in FL
Meg's parents moved this summer and we're thankful we got to visit their old house before they moved and that we'll get to see their new house all during one homeland ministry assignment.

2. Teammates to join us in Congo
God has given us a bigger vision for Congo than our family alone can accomplish. We're praying that God will raise up some people with hearts for university ministry, pastoral training, and community development. 

1. The healthy birth of our 4th child
Rambo baby #4 due July 28, 2014!

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