Tuesday, November 27, 2007

We are Thankful!

What a crazy Thanksgiving! We were looking forward to our last Thanksgiving in the States, for a while anyway, and the plan was to spend time with the Reynolds and the Seitz families over the course of the break. Little did we know that we were in for an unwelcome surprise when Jennifer had to go to the Emergency Room on Thursday and her grandfather did too. Everyone is okay and neither were serious. We have a lot to be grateful for this year! This Thanksgiving season we are thankful for all of you, and the part you have in our ministry. We are also thankful for God's grace which has carried us over the past few weeks and continues to sustain us! We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 19, 2007

An unlikely connection

Today we spoke at Bad Axe Free Methodist Church, a church attended by some members of Jennifer's extended family. We were warmly welcomed by all at the church and enjoyed our visit and the opportunity to share, once again, our story and God's calling on our lives. After the services we met many amazing people, but two of our new friends touched us in special ways. Our first new friend, Genny, completely surprised us with a connection she has to Josh's family. It turns out that she attended Asbury College when Josh's grandpa was teaching there, and he would often take her along with her singing group up to his hometown of Buckhorn to perform. We were not expecting to meet anyone who knew our family, let alone someone who had such a special connection. We were blessed by Genny and the opportunity to reminisce about Grandpa Custer. Our other new friend is Janae. After we spoke in the morning service, she introduced herself to us beside our display and explained how we impacted her understanding of missions. She, like many other Christians, is trying to comprehend how missions fits into her life and what role she should have. She is still unsure of her future in missions, but she wants to be active in the present by supporting us. We are blessed by the conversations and relationships we are building with people like Janae who are not pleased to sit idly on the sidelines, but are eager to become an active player in transforming communities, countries, and our world through the grace of Jesus. We are not able to to accomplish the task God has given us by ourselves, but with people like Janae behind us we will be able to do great things.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Our latest news

Greetings Friends! This Sunday we celebrated Veterans Day in Maysville, Kentucky at Seddon UMC. Our friend Charlie Shoemaker has been the pastor there for a year. We enjoyed meeting the people at Seddon UMC and spending some time with Charlie.
As we attend various churches we are constantly reminded of the diversity that exists within the body of Christ. Even though each church we attend is different, we still feel a sense of belonging wherever we go because we have something greater in common. In the same way, we deeply desire others to feel a sense of belonging in our ministry. We want each one of you to understand that you are making a difference in our lives and in the lives of others. All of us share a heart for missions and together we will impact Mexico.
We are very close to 50% of our monthly support need. We need about 100 people at $25 a month to be at 100%. Thanks for praying and for participating in getting us to 100%.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Wilmore Free Methodist Missions Conference

This weekend we had the priviledge of being a part of our home church's annual missions conference. We participated in several different ways throughout the weekend. Saturday the church threw us a missions shower to give us some things we need before we leave and on the field. The people in our church were extremely generous, and the gifts will be put to good use.
We were involved in several ways on Sunday and one of the highlights for us was in the evening when we spoke to the middle school youth group around a campfire. We enjoyed hearing their enthusiasm and learning that some of them are considering missions in their future.