We are well underway with our fundraising process and have been given the opportunity to travel all across the Southeastern US in order to share our amazing story of how God radically called us into the mission fields of Liberia, West Africa. God has given us the platform to minister to thousands of people and we are humbled to be used in this capacity. Our prayer support is continuing to grow, as is our financial support.
We are currently 29% funded and we have speaking engagements booked through our departure date of summer of 2014. God continues to bless us beyond our wildest imagination and we are so appreciative of the people that lift us up and allow us to walk in this amazing calling.
This was also the time, when our family was commissioned by the Assemblies of God and it was a very special moment of our lives. We received a new family Fire Bible, a variety of personal gifts, and our commissioning certificate.
We had the opportunity to eat with Jerry Ireland, the director of AG Care. As our conversation unfolded, it seemed that there was something divine about us being together because all of our seemingly random skill sets, background, education, and trainings matched seamlessly with Jerry's program of compassion based ministry. This is the very core our our call and the more we talked, the more excited we became about how to incorporate us into AG Care. This program meets the needs of people from a complete or more holistic approach to ministry. For example, being able to meet a basic need in order to establish a relationship that yields the opportunity to share the gospel message of Christ. Our background in agriculture, foster parenting, working with language issues in children, nursing school, and emergency medicine are absolutely perfect for this kind of evangelism. We were able to leave that time together with a focused sense of direction for what our future ministry holds. Praise the Lord!
We had the opportunity to listen to many veteran missionaries and we heard some wonderful stories. However, we heard some terribly tragic stories as well. Hostage situations, torture, rape, and other atrocities were some of the more difficult things to absorb and it really brought to mind that we are at war. As Christians, we are engaged in a spiritual battle and that Satan tries as much as he can to keep us from being engaged for Jesus. Paul says it well in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
We discovered that Liberia practices more witchcraft than most any other place on the planet. Some areas are still cannibalistic, some regions have people known as "heart hunters" who hunt people in order to harvest their heart, thereby "gaining power." There are still human sacrifices being performed in Liberia.
We include these things not for shock factor, but for a desperate plea for prayer. Pray that the Holy Spirit will go before us and continue to prepare the hearts of the people we will minister to. Pray that our finances will be raised quickly and that we can get there as soon as possible. Pray that we will continue to keep "self" off of the throne and continue to be guided by the power of the Holy Spirit. Pray that we will understand how to effectively engage more effectively in spiritual warfare. Pray that we will be used by God to advance His Kingdom, that the love of Jesus will radiate from our lives and our words, and that we will continue to trust boldly in His promises.
Our destination in Liberia has no electricity, no telephone land lines, no postage system, nor any water. As a result, we are having to raise money for everything that we will need for our first full term of three years. We will resist the urge to post specific amounts or particular items at this point, but feel free to e-mail us for more information on some specific needs.
We are currently 15% funded and have weekly speaking opportunities booked until 2014. We need to be 100% funded as soon as possible.
If you know of someone that would benefit from reading this, please forward it to them. If you know of anybody that would be willing to pray for us, or help us financially, please help connect us with them. We will travel virtually anywhere there exists the opportunity to share our story with the prayerful hope that God will do something amazing in the lives of those present.