A friend offered to use his airline miles to buy our tickets. (Thanks, Josh!) On September 23, we leave Seattle and travel for 40 hours to Rwanda, that is about 25 hours in the air and one evening layover in Philadelphia. We are feeling blessed that we have tickets, and that we get to fly “business class” with fully reclining seats, which will be an extra blessing for Super Pregnant Krystal. God gave us something more than we could have ever asked for. (Eph 3:20 speaks of “Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.”)
HOWEVER : 13% LEFT!
While we have tickets, we can’t board the plane without being fully supported. As of last Monday, we are officially over 80%, which means that we are entering the third and final phase of Partnership Development. This is the phase when we finalize travel itineraries, ship what we need to Rwanda, and say our final good-byes. We currently have commitments to cover 87% of our monthly expenses. This is great news! While we hoped to be at 90% by July 5 for a departure in late July, several wise counselors noted that we will need at least 8 weeks to take care of the last logistics, not to mention taking time to “fill our tanks” before embarking. (Pray for the logistics, and the refreshment, and trusting God and his timing.)
- If you have committed to give and haven’t started, now would be a good time.
- If you are considering regular giving, let us know.
- If you want to hear more, you are running out of time! We leave in 8 weeks! Let’s get together.
- Now would be the time we need folks to introduce us to their pastor, to their family, to their home group.
Help us get on that plane on September 23!
It’s a Girl!!! In case you didn’t hear, #2 will be a girl! Grace wanted to name her Grace, but we convinced her that that would be confusing. She settled on “Strawberry Baby Cakes.” We haven’t decided on a name yet, but this baby might just be stuck with a nickname…
Thanks for Prayers Thanks for your prayers for us in this past month. We were blessed to celebrate Grace’s 3rd birthday and Nick’s family reunion. We have also experienced God’s grace on us as we prepared and presented to folks over the last month.
Our trip to California will take place in mid-August. If you are from California, would you pray about this? So far, we know we are visiting Los Altos, Stockton, and Santa Rosa. Would you like to visit with us, or host a group at your house, or even let us stay the night? We are praying that God brings in this final 13% using friends like you! (I’m looking at you, Bethany Alumni and San Diego First Assembly folks!)
Please keep our colleagues in prayer. This summer three of the six families on our team are in the US, two for normal Home Assignments and one for a medical emergency. (Check here to learn more about how you can pray for Laurie Sheer.) Of the three remaining families, two are still in their first term. The bulk of the administrative and teaching burden has fallen to our new team leader, Tim Brubaker. Please hold him up in prayer as he negotiates so much, not to mention being a husband and father of four! As always, thank you for your prayers. If you got an email, send a quick reply telling us how you are doing and how we can pray for you. If you didn’t get an email, subscribe here so you can keep up with us.