The past two weeks have been packed with classes and homework. We have averaged about 7 hours in the classroom and spent most of the time in between in the library. It has truthfully been tiring but the benefits of what we are learning in classes far out weighs our tired feelings. One of the things that has been talked about in our classes over and over again is the idea of relationships and partnerships in regards to their role in "missions". We are so excited to go and start relationships in New Zealand and partner with the people of New Hope in their efforts to carry out God's mission. We would appreciate your prayers as we wrap up classes on Friday morning and head back to Michigan.
Our New Zealand Mailing Address:
Remember it takes mail about 1-2 weeks to arrive in NZ from the US.
When I think about the past few weeks, the
following words from a great hymn comes to mind.
"Great is Thy
Great is Thy
by morning new mercies I see
I have needed Thy hand hath provided
is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!"
The Hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness"
has always been one of my favorites and has been a family favorite for a long
time. It is so awesome how it the chorus of this song has continued to
ring true throughout many individuals lives and through so many generations.
God has been so faithful to us on our journey
he has called us on. We could start even to the time when we meet for the
first time but we will just stick with the MANY ways that he has been faithful
in the past few weeks:
We have been covered in prayers from so many. There
are literally people around the world praying for us and that is so
amazing. Jenna and I can feel your prayers and we know that the
prayers are being answered.
He answered the prayer request that I offered up in
our last blog! God provided a way to pay for our car for us to pay
for our car for the entire time we are gone!
There was a change of plans for our week before
classes where we were to do training and interviews so we had to drive 14
hrs straight. We made it to KC very early in the morning Safe and
God has done nothing but provide financially.
Through many of you God has provided more than half of our needed
funds for our time in NZ.
God has been faithful to us through providing insight.
This past week we have had the amazing opportunity to meet our
mentor, fellow participants, past participants, experienced missionaries,
and experienced missions prep/return counselors. We have had the opportunity
to learn so much from others. We have also had the opportunity to learn
more about ourselves. We took strength and personality tests which not
only have given us helpful insight about working in another culture but
also about Jenna and I as a couple. It is cool to see how God has even
used this past week to help us build an even stronger marriage.
God has provided great new relationships with
mission-minded peers :).
Just yesterday, God also provided us with a place to
stay for FREE in the KC area through the couple who was in NZ last year.
Those are just a few ways that God has been
faithful to us this past few weeks!
We thank each one of you that has been faithful
in supporting us in prayer. We also would like to thank each one of you
that has been faithful in supporting us financially.
The next few weeks will be full of classes and
homework and classes for Jenna and me. We would appreciate your prayers
during this time.
We apologize for the lack in post recently. Jenna and I have been busy with district children camps and moving from out apartment. God did some awesome things at both camps and the children at both camps promised to pray for us :)
We do have a "urgent" prayer request though. We need to find something to do with our car. We would love to sell it but the prospects are not promising. We also would love to keep it but the payments may be really difficult for us to make while in NZ. Please pray that God will make it clear what we should do with it. Pray that he will provide a buyer or a way to pay for the car while we are gone. God is an awesome God that can do amazing thing. Thanks for your prayers ahead of time.
Update on our trip: Jesse has his Visa and Jenna is in the process of getting hers. We have our plane tickets purchased and we will be leaving on Sept 11th at 5:40p and will arrive in NZ on Sept. 14 at 12:50a. My last day as children's pastor is on August 8th. We head to WV on the 9th and then to KC on Sunday for 3 weeks. We will be back in BC for the first week of september until we head to NZ.