At 9am in Phoenix, we headed for the airport with our own luggage plus 150 lbs. of textiles for a women’s sewing school in Kijabi, Kenya. 28 hours later, grateful and bedraggled, we arrived at our final destination in Limuru, Kenya.
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Mission ONE had organized a retreat for our native pastors in Africa and their spouses, to provide marriage enrichment teaching and a time of spiritual/personal renewal. The work of the ministry puts serious strain on even healthy marital relationships. Increased ministry and fruitfulness leads to more “busy-ness”, and spreading the Gospel among unreached and unevangelized peoples draws the attacks of the devil and increased spiritual warfare.
The trip to Kenya was everything we’d hoped it would be and more. This was my (Bill’s) second time in Kenya with Mission ONE, however, it was Patricia’s first. I saw God at work in many ways, but first, was through my wife. I was able to witness first-hand her gift in cross-cultural communication as she related with our African partners. She connected easily at a heart-level with many of the pastors’ wives and was absolutely in her element. I was truly humbled by her ability and am inspired to grow in that area.
The second way I saw God at work was in the hearts and lives of the attendees. The group setting that Mission ONE’s founder, Bob Schindler, had wisely arranged, proved a safe place where they could openly share, discuss, and hear and learn from their spouses, one another, and the Lord. We witnessed sincere introspection, revelation, repentance, commitment to change, joy, worship, brotherly love, and mutual support among the partners in attendance. It was beautiful, and I was amazed to find that while we live in very different cultural and physical environments, their challenges in marital dynamics and communication are the same as ours.
Here are a few of the comments we received from those in attendance –
“Thank you so much for the privilege you offered to us in the marriage retreat. Thank you for the teachings. We thank God. We had a good time with my husband. To speak truthfully, we lack such moments. I realized we somehow always give time to the ministry and the church, and don’t get our own time as a husband and a wife. And each one of us just lives in our own world! I thank God that I realized that is not the way. We are now trying to find at least one hour in week for us to pray and talk together.”
“We praise God for the marriage retreat which went well. My wife and I appreciate your concern for marriage couples. Devil knows difficulties of struggles of two people to live together, wife and husband. He knows their weaknesses and problems. As a result, he anticipates continual attacks in these areas so [they] surrender to his will by either terminating the marriage or live in hateful life that grieves the Holy Spirit. We have benefited a lot from your teachings and we continue to submit our lives at Jesus’s feet in repentance. We are committed to do what is required of us as godly partners. May God bless you.”
We also met with each leader in attendance to discuss their missional business projects and the next steps forward together with Mission ONE. It was a very fruitful and productive time on many levels. We feel so grateful for the supportive role we have in the effective works being accomplished for the glory of the Lord through His faithful servants in Africa.
Below is a video of some in attendance who wanted to thank MissionONE and all donors for the privilege and blessing of the marriage retreat. And WE, too, are grateful for those of you who gave and prayed and who make our service through Mission ONE possible.
That all may know Him,
Bill & Patricia Kics
Brackenhurst Retreat Center-Limuru, Kenya
Severino and Rose from S. Sudan (EFCSS)
Bob Schindler teaching during the retreat
Pastor Hannington and wife Agnes from Kenya (MUPE)
Joseph & Gracia from Togo (AECM)
seeking God’s guidance and unity
Emmanuel & Janet from Kenya (MUPE)
Patricia with Gracia & son
Bill & Patricia with Idris & Mary from S. Sudan (ROM)
Long drive to Kijabe
Rough roads due to flooding
rough roads made worse after the flooding
Bill overlooking the Rift Valley
Visiting a Mission ONE ministry in Kijabe, Kenya – NEO Kenya
Farm for children’s feeding program
Farm for children’s feeding program
Patricia with Rahab & Eunice by the kitchen
Inside Rahab’s kitchen
Patricia feeding the littlest one
Roadside snapshots – Nairobi
roadside snapshots – Nairobi
school visit near Kisumu
Bob, Linda, and Bill with Kevin & Vincent in Kisumu
We leave today on a mission trip to Kenya.
The main purpose is a retreat to provide marriage enrichment and a time of spiritual/personal renewal for our native pastors in Africa and their spouses. Even if a marriage is relatively healthy, the work of the ministry puts serious strain on marital relationships. For example: increased ministry and fruitfulness leads to more “busy-ness;”; and spreading the Gospel among unreached and unevangelized peoples draws the attacks of the devil and increased spiritual warfare.
While Christian leaders in the West often have the opportunity and resources to get away, get rest, and receive counseling, key leaders in other lands do not have the ability or resources to do so. Please pray that this ministry week provides a significant impact on the lives and ministries of our dear brothers and sisters in Christ on the African continent. We will also have further discussions with each Mission ONE partner about their missional business projects and the sustainability issues that impact their ministries and communities.
We are trusting the Lord to provide the finances to cover our expenses for the trip. ($2000 remaining) And Mission ONE is trusting the Lord for financial partners to sponsor both this retreat and another in Ethiopia —transportation, lodging, food, conference facilities and other expenses for 30-35 couples from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Togo, as well as the Mission ONE leaders from the USA. The total need was $25,000. Approximately $9000 has already been raised, so the remaining need is $16,000.Will you prayerfully consider a generous investment either for our expenses, or toward the retreat expenses to bless/strengthen these servants of God in Africa?
We deeply appreciate your prayers and support for us and for these retreats.
*May the spirit of the Lord cover every aspect of this trip and may God be glorified.
Travel – Home AND Abroad
…in the next month! NEXT WEEK – SARASOTA!!
Patti’s siblings have arranged a mid-week family reunion during the week of April 14th and have graciously provided for us to come back home for a visit. We never thought we’d be back this soon! We’ll be at our home church, Calvary Chapel of Sarasota, at all services the weekend of April 21st and 22nd. We can’t wait to see everyone! We’ll be attending church at Faith Community Christian Fellowship in Nokomis the prior Sunday, April 15th, and will be fellowshipping with our Home Group at the Woodruff’s that evening. We expect to connect with our friends at the Superior Word at their Thursday evening service on the 19th. We would love to have a few share-gatherings to maximize time with as many as would want to meet up with us!
Please contact us to set something up. We will have Saturday night the 14th available, week nights, or even time for a few morning coffee dates. How about a group beach walk? The whole weekend of the 22nd and 23 is open as well. Dinner after Saturday service? Or First Watch after church Sunday?
MAY 1st, 2018 – KENYA!!
We’re going to Africa! Mission ONE has organized a gathering of all our national ministry leaders from Kenya, South Sudan, and Togo in a central location, to provide a time of training, enrichment, and personal renewal in a retreat setting for these who sacrifice so much for the sake of the Gospel. There will be training in Biblical marriage principles for their own strengthening and benefit as well as helping them be better equipped to help others. We will also be discussing their burgeoning missional business strategies and sustainability issues that impact their ministries.
We are so blessed to be able to have this opportunity so soon to be able to make personal connections with these brothers and sisters who we have upturned our lives to serve. Amazing.
*Thank you for reading our news.
*Thank you for loving and supporting us. We need you.
*Thank you for praying and giving and texting and calling. We miss you.
If we don’t see you in Sarasota… => watch for our trip report upon our return in May!
From Patti: New norms. New laws… State taxes?! Ouch.
Giving up our Florida driver licenses and registrations => that really stung. We both hated no longer being Floridians on paper.
An Arizona license plate on my car. Ouch again. (but it’s BEAUTIFUL!)
We’re in a temporary rental situation. We signed a 14 mo lease until we know the area and get more settled and have a better understanding of where it will best suit us to live.
The first weekend we drove into town we found a fabulous church that resonated with our hearts. We have been attending and connecting there, but – it’s a 45 minute drive from where we currently live. So we’ll continue to seek God both about where to live and where to be a part of His community.
Bill’s not able to bike much yet. He’s been accustomed to riding to/from work, but now that is utterly impossible with big-city roadways and aggressive traffic. He is riding on his trainer in the garage for fitness, and we take exploratory rides together in safer places on the weekends. (as seen in many of his social media posts)
Grocery stores… farmers’ markets… mechanic… bank… post office… coffee shop… all gradually being discovered. One car to share. Adjustments to long-standing habits and compromise on needs/wants/schedules. Long commutes, alien landscape. We’re completely surrounded by mountains!WHAAT?! Sooooo surreal. But we love it. We marvel at them EVERYDAY and comment on the shadows and light that play on them…the shades of lavender in the evening… the endless miles of muted golds and browns and green… the sweeping vistas. You can see sooooo far! The cactus are all beginning to bloom now. There are so many different flowers in the desert! Who knew?! And don’t get us started about the SUNSETS. I didn’t think Siesta could be outdone – but boy, was I WRONG! BREATHTAKING and SPECTACULAR. Come visit and SEE!!
Working together in the same office… and both with SO much to learn! Fatigue. Satisfaction. Joy in serving. We feel incredibly grateful to be at Mission ONE, offering the things we can do to facilitate the spread of the Gospel on the other side of the globe. We love the staff we serve with – such integrity and faithfulness. We feel so honored to work side-by-side with them and learn from them and serve them. We feel loved and valued by them, and we see God knitting us together beautifully as a team and His hand at work among us. Praise the Lord.
From Bill: Patti and I are working hard (sometimes too hard?) and have to remember to unplug and relax. We’ve yet to explore the beauty and sights of Arizona at all except for the few local bike rides she mentioned.
I’m really enjoying learning more about Mission ONE’s ministry, even as it is evolving. We’re “steeping” in ministry history and reports from the overseas partners, as well as familiarizing ourselves with the training resources which have been produced for the Church. This training side of the ministry is really taking off in amazing ways. With the completion of the book,“The Global Gospel” and the production of an evangelistic Bible tract using the story of the Prodigal Son and the language of “Honor and Shame”, they are truly serving the Church at large. (“The Father’s Love” is available in multiple languages.) I’m seeing that an understanding of the concepts of Honor and Shame in Scripture is critical for today’s Christian, as it directly relates to the cultures and issues of today’s majority world. This curriculum can equip believers to effectively share the Gospel cross-culturally, both on the foreign field… and right here at home where the nations have come to us. I’ve been assisting with the logistics behind creating a webinar-based learning platform for this material which just began last week. (Click here for more info)
I’ve spent a lot of time integrating a new virtual office communication infrastructure for the Mission ONE staff and have high hopes for how this technology will help us moving forward to have an even more effective team. Whew! What a challenge that was as my knowledge (and patience!) were being stre-e-e-tched! I’ve also been privileged to be involved in weekly early morning Skype meetings with one of our native pastors in India, regarding the development of his missional business plan.
Then there’s Patti’s work. I can’t begin to tell you what a blessing she has been to Mission ONE already. She has already made such a difference with her administrative and relational skills and her heart for people that everyone he is breathing a sigh of relief that the Lord brought someone along of her capabilities. (Plus they enjoy her spoiling them regularly with homemade baked goods!)
Even though we’re not yet fully supported, we know without a doubt that God brought us here at the right time. Histime, for this season of Mission ONE’s story. But it’s all HISstory. And as Mission ONE always says – it’s all about,,, the STORY OF HIS GLORY.
So…. these are thoughts and snapshots of our experiences and feelings beginning this new life here in Arizona. It’s so different. It’s so challenging. And we trust it will be so fruitful in whatever ways God intends…as we remain faithful and TRUST… and, “do the next thing”. (Remember that poem we love? It’s on the blog.)
So that catches you up-to-date. Stay tuned tomorrow for the “BIG NEWS” of what lies immediately ahead.
The POD with our belongings arrived at our new rental townhouse on December 9th and we have been hard at work to settle-in to our new surroundings, despite complications and both of us getting hit hard with the flu! We both begin our new work schedules with Mission ONE on Tuesday!
As we say “goodbye” to 2017, we want to do more than just make a “wish” for your coming year to be “HAPPY”. We will close the year today, Dec. 31st, praying for each of you reading this, you who have impacted our lives, whether new relationships, or those with rich personal history, and even those we haven’t yet met but who have connected with us through social media. And particularly – for those of you who have become a part of our team, financially contributing toward our support. These two Sarasota natives are so thankful that you have chosen to give to the Kingdom – through us – and we can confidently say that your contributions will keep-on giving to further the saving work of the Gospel of Jesus in people’s lives in many regions of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. What an amazing thought… that we can truly make an eternal impact so far away through our prayers and giving and efforts on this side of the globe.
So, instead of just wishing you well… we will pray Scripture over you:
We ask for God’s blessing on you and your families, and on all your work, and in everything you undertake that is pleasing to the Lord.
We pray for a hunger and thirst to know Christ more and for His Word.
We pray for sensitivity and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
We pray for fruitfulness and that you would be the fragrance of Christ to those around you.
We pray the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow withhope and gratitude and grace by the power of the Holy Spirit. We ask God to give you wisdom, a love for the things of God and a hatred of all that displeases Him.
We pray that in all you are facing in your life that you will be strengthened by His Spirit so that you may have great endurance and patience, and may joyfully give thanks to the Father.
We pray that you will not be anxious about the things in this life, but that you will choose wisely what you allow your mind to think-on, and that the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We would desire the same prayers on our behalf, so that we may all be equipped for whatever 2018 may bring our way. May we all be good stewards of our gifts and resources and finances and time; and may we all be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer, and worthy ambassadors for the name of Jesus.
Most of our friends have followed our pictorial journal via our Facebook page, but here is the full recounting of the last 2 months because – many asked for details! We packed up our belongings, and despite several setbacks, the POD was shipped out on October 23rd, bound for Arizona. (1) We weren’t able to fit everything in the POD, so our departure was delayed while we struggled to make other arrangements. Our generous friend, Nancy, in Sarasota, opened her home to us to stay several nights. ♥ Our lengthy journey began with a late evening departure on the 25th and we drove through the night to Atlanta. Bill’s daughter (2) and sister live there, and we were hosted by Patricia’s closest friend and her family who provided a joyful respite from the stresses and work of moving. We then traveled back south to Tallahassee to visit Patricia’s sister, Carol, and her husband.
(With whom, as a side-note, Bill attended the Global Leadership Summit earlier in the month. He highly recommends attending this event!)
We shared a brief visit with Carol’s son who is a pastor and is starting a church plant in downtown Tallahassee. They are currently meeting in a coffee shop, and here’s where we give a shout-out to Redeye Coffee for their commitment in giving 100% of their net profits to world missions! The visit was, sadly, far too brief as we had to honor visiting hours at a nearby prison to see an incarcerated friend there.
We drove from there to the Pensacola area to spend a few days with other members of Carol’s family. One niece took us out for a delightful tour of the area and walk by the river, while the other provided us with gracious and generous hospitality in her home. What a joy to spend time with our great-nephews, attend one of their baseball games, and to be treated to a sunset boat ride by our nephew-by-love. (3)
From Pensacola we traveled through Alabama and Mississippi into Louisiana. (4) As we approached the New Orleans area, we were invited spontaneously to dinner and to spend the night by a former host and sponsor of Patricia during her many years of music ministry with the Celebrant Singers in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. What a special time for them to reminisce and share after so many years! We are so grateful for their provision and hospitality.
We were lovingly sent on our way to our next planned destination – Houston, Texas (5) to spend time with another of Patricia’s past host families from those years on the road. Those on Facebook may sometimes see comments from someone who refers to herself as “your Texas Mom”. She and Patricia enjoyed a trip down memory lane as well as sweet memories of her late husband. We were also given a tour of the devastation caused by hurricane Harvey. It was hard to comprehend as we drove through some areas that the water level at that time had risen to 10 feet above the road we were on!
From Houston we headed north to Dallas. There, Patricia got to visit the Bible college she had attended after high school, Christ for the Nations.
She holds precious memories from those years of her growth in Christ and the deep relationships forged with her roommates. This seems hard to believe, but the campus really hadn’t changed much in appearance at all! They did add a
FABULOUS Earth History Center to the campus, which is actually a museum celebrating the Biblical account of creation. (6) We were blessed to “just happen” to run into one of the men to whom God gave the vision for the museum and he took the time after- hours to share details with us and even to pray and speak an inspired word over us. We were enriched and deeply encouraged.We then drove just north to
McKinney to reconnect spontaneously with one of those Bible college roommates who Patricia hadn’t seen in…. over 30 years. (7) (uh – for the record – that’s frightening to recognize and say!) We cannot say enough about how we were able to rest our bodies and souls with these friends. In addition to their offering us a place to stay, they gave us the gifts of time and space and freedom to rest and really unwind. Patricia was even able to cook quite a bit, which you all must know she LOVED after being out of her kitchen for so long! One night turned into three… with blessed sharing of hearts and stories and trials… and prayer. It was ALL GOOD.
Then came the looooong hours past the windmills and cotton fields of Texas. (8) We had no personal connections for places to stay in the direction we were headed. So we reached out to the body of Christ and were connected with a man in Lubbock who is part of the online body of The Superior Word church in Sarasota. God had a good reason to connect the threads of our lives in His tapestry that day. Then through him and an anonymous
donor, hotel arrangements were made for us right there in Lubbock. We were very grateful and enjoyed a “date night” together that evening. We really liked what we saw of the town and were sad to have to be on our way the next day. (9)
That day again brought the question of where we would be sleeping as we traversed New
Mexico! (10) And, again, the Lord provided through the family of Christ. A kind couple, friends of friends, provided us with dinner as well as a place to sleep for the night. The mountains and vistas in Las Cruces were breathtaking and we saw coyote and hawks and a fox along the route.
We left the next day on our final leg of the
journey (11) and arrived in Phoenix on the evening of November 8th after a very long drive and a stop for dinner in Tucson. We were lovingly received by the Founder of Mission ONE and his wife and stayed in their home for the next couple of days. The Mission ONE staff also received us with open arms and hearts and held a special welcome lunch for us.
Here we have to also marvel at God’s provision while we began the search for our new place of residence. First, Mission ONE was given the provision to put us up in a hotel as needed through the end of the month. Then, life-long
friends of Patricia’s sister, Donna, live in Chandler, just south of Phoenix, and they made themselves completely available to us for help in any way needed as we walked through those challenging days. They gave us complete access to their home to come and go… cook in their kitchen… invade their hearts and lives! We love you, Don and Regina! They gave us counsel… rest… love… and constant encouragement. We
never could have anticipated that our house-hunt would require so much time and energy. The rental housing market here is extremely difficult right now, and finding housing that fit our furniture and met our needs proved to be exhausting, frustrating and challenging. However, there were many blessings at the same time. We enjoyed great times of fellowship and bonding with ministry leadership… We were included in the Schindler family Thanksgiving celebration… Patricia found creative ways to cook some of our favorite comfort food in the hotel room (12) and we attended home group and church services with Don and Regina at Evident Life Church in Gilbert. (13, 14) We immediately felt connected there and were deeply blessed and ministered to by the fellowship, the worship and the teaching of the Word. We love the vision of the church, “A
people of PRAYER, pursuing God, and loving others.” and our hearts resonated with all that we heard as we attended 2 sessions with the pastor to dig-deeper. We would love to make Evident Life our local church home, but the place we have found to live – is 41 miles northwest of there! So… we need to know God’s plan in this… where He wants to connect and grow and serve. We are willing – but it’s hard to be super-involved as we’re used to when it takes an hour to get there!
We stayed with our friends in Chandler the first week of December from the time our hotel stay ended until we were able to find an adequate place to rent. Evident Life sent a team of men to help Bill unload the POD and carry furniture up FOUR FLIGHTS OF STAIRS into the townhouse! (15) God is GOOD and we are so grateful for the assistance of the
body of Christ both here, and all along the way as we’ve been on this journey. While there will be no Christmas decorations for us this year as we unpack, we were able to enjoy the beauty of tree and lights at our temporary home with Don and Regina and we shared a beautiful Christmas dinner and celebration evening with the staff from MissionONE. We are SOOO READY to cease being transient and to get settled and really begin this new chapter in our lives here in Arizona! Our hearts and bodies are weary… but expectant.
For all the above…. WE ARE THANKFUL.
To the thoughtful friends and members of our home church body at Calvary Chapel Sarasota who sent us Christmas cards to our new address – you brought us tears of joy and a breeze of Sarasota air. (If only some MOISTURE could have come with it!)
Pastor Carl and Pastor Jim – Calvary Chapel Sarasota – your encouragement of us from the start to follow this path meant so much; your prayers and counsel and financial support have been inspirational.
Charlie Garrett – Superior Word church – your support has been avid, and persistent, and astonishing, a real lifeline and a transfusion of encouragement to us.
Chris and Kristan Thostensen – Faith Community Christian Fellowship – you have become true friends and have endeared yourselves deeply into our hearts. We are profoundly moved by your coming to our home to pray over us, for the last-minute details you took care-of for us, and for the TIME and HEART-SHARING you poured into us.
This has not been a comfortable transition, but in obedience to God – we press onward in this new venture, despite the adversity already encountered and the inevitable that will come. As our founder at Mission ONE always says – “God is WITH US and FOR US.”
He makes everything beautiful IN HIS TIME – Ecc. 3:11
We are so thankful for those who pray for us regularly and for the faithful givers and partners whose hearts have joined us in our ministry with Mission ONE.Lord-willing, we are planning to be in Phoenix, AZ by the beginning of November.
Here are the practical specifics that you can pray with/for us about right now as we prepare.
Prayers Needed for:
Joy and Peace as we prepare to leave our comfort zone in so many ways – our native Sarasota and Florida climate, our roots, our church family. We desire to “go out with Joy and be led forth with Peace.” (Is. 55:12)
Our relationship through all these potential stressors – for kindness and gentle words, for like-mindedness and cooperation.
More people and churches to be part of our support team that we may soon be fully supported and equipped to fill these roles He has asked of us at this time
Alertness and proper response to the tactics and attacks of the enemy to hinder us or divide us
Finding an economical place to live in the Phoenix area – the place where God will place us to make an impact with His light and love
Wisdom and unity on decision for best way to transport our belongings to AZ
The appropriate timing of the move with regard to Bill’s job, and his imminent conversation with his employers to communicate his leaving and our new vocation
If, When and How for us to visit family before we leave this side of the U.S.
Opportunities to visit old friends and Patricia’s former sponsors along the way if we drive cross-country and for Spirit-led connections with those He wants to partner with us
Exactly a year has passed since we updated you on our whereabouts and financial status. Since then we have been continuing in what we know to do, faithful in prayer and local service, and in sharing our calling to work with Mission ONE. Then, in the last month, both of us felt in our spirit, “It’s time to go”. Through much prayer and seeking the counsel and blessing of our church leadership, we have begun making arrangements to move to Arizona in October. In answer to the question that has been posed to us many times, “Are you fully supported now?!” — the answer is, “Not even close.” However, we are stepping out in faith and obedience and we fully believe the Lord will supply what we need. The Word of God says, “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” (I Thes.5:24) NASB We feel compelled (“pushed”?!) to go, like the eagle whose nest has been made prickly and uncomfortable and the mother is beckoning (pushing) him to fly! We currently have approximately 30% of our support committed from monthly donors and a total of about 50% when including other gifts. Understandably, Mission ONE would prefer we have pledges for 100% of our support need and are concerned about us being able to live and pay our bills, but we can’t deny that we still feel it’s time to go. (not that it’s COMFORTABLE!) “Ease” isn’t represented in scripture, but God’s provision and faithfulnessareand once again we are “doing the next thing”. A beloved poem by that name is printed in the About Us section of the blog but it’s time to put it here as well. This was a lifelong favorite of Elizabeth Elliot and has been meaningful to us:
Moment by moment, let down from heaven, time, opportunity, guidance are given. Fear not tomorrow, child of the King, trust that to Jesus, and do the next thing. Do it immediately, do it with prayer. Do it reliantly, casting all care. Do it with reverence, tracing His hand, Who placed it before you with earnest command. Leave all resultings…and do the next thing. … author unknown
So, will you pray with us? May all hindrances be removed, “May God arise and the enemy be scattered” (from Psalm 68:1) AND, may our marriage continue to grow and thrive in Christ and our unity be ever greater in this potentially stressful season.
Obviously, this was the most pressing news to get out, but in the next few days we’ll post highlights from the past year that we really want to share with those who love and support us, as well as a list of specific ways you can pray for us (which we already shared with our church family). In the meantime, please consider if you could be an advocate for us to your church, or could give our information to people that you know and “do life” with who are like-hearted for the work of the Kingdom. Those connections are the best and are a great way for you to help us, and facilitate various parts of the body of Christ working together for a common goal.
Hello, Friends! It’s update time!
Wow, it’s August already! We began to get the word out about our new life in Arizona in early March… 5 months have already passed! So it’s time to send out a note to those who have joined in our support team to let you know where we’re at.
Well – we’re still in Sarasota. We’re remaining faithful in what we know to do – being devoted to our work, to each other, to our local church body, to being a daily Light in the darkness around us, to being good stewards of our health and our time and all that God has given us…and we are waiting on the Lord. Honestly, we hoped/thought we would have moved by now, but we said “Yes!” to God and to Mission ONE, not knowing the timeframe. We know that our Father who has opened this door for us, knows the path and the timing. We do, however, struggle with the balance of what is our responsibility in getting us there… and what is “getting ahead of God” and trying to do things in our own strength. We cherish your prayers in this interim time, and any tidbits of wisdom/experience/practical advice you might have to share to encourage and assist us. We recognize it’s all sacred… it’s all obedience… it’s all part of the process of following and we trust that as we remain in the Vine (Jn. 15:4,5) thatthis season, too, will bear good fruit. It’s just not what we were expecting! We thought we’d be working in the office of Mission ONE by now.
I Cor. 4:2 …it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy… We want you to know, that NONE of the monies which are being sent in to Mission ONE for our expenses are being used yet. Every gift is being held to begin to pay our salaries once we arrive in Scottsdale. Bill is continuing at his job to provide for us, and Patti is using her time to serve the Lord and our community in so many ways, while she is doing what she can to spread the news of our new calling and develop our support Team. She has also just finished her first project to assist the Mission ONE leadership which was very rewarding for her and helpful to them.
25 Year Anniversary This is a big year for Mission ONE and we are excited to get there! 2016 marks their 25th anniversary! It brings a change in leadership, new staff, and MANY new projects! In the days ahead, even from Florida, we will attempt to keep you abreast of some of the most noteworthy developments, and even prayer requests from our national partners if you’d like.
Vision 2020 update
To date, two of Mission ONE’s partners have implemented Missional Business strategies. Both are viable in all four pursuits of Sharing the Gospel, Economic Viability, Social Justice, and Environmental Sustainability. Three other plans have been completed and await funding. Two plans are in the final stages of development with consultants. Eight other ideas have been submitted to Mission ONE for approval and are waiting to be assigned to a consultant.
These are some of the Missional Business plans that our national partners are initiating: various animal, fish and cash crop farms; a maternity hospital; a rental car business; a basic computer skills training center and internet café; a center for music education, production, and promotion; a boutique guesthouse; a medical records coding business; a fitness center; and a daycare center. Completed Missional Business plans are available upon request.
Thank you You are our teammates, our go-to partners as we follow God’s leading and work to spread the Gospel in dark places where His light does not yet shine. We ask for you to be open to the Lord speaking to you as you pray for us… that the Holy Spirit might direct you to be an advocate for us to your church, or to send our information to others you know and “do life” with who are like-hearted, or to send us referrals of people you think we should contact.
By the way, we’ve started a blog so that you can follow us online and we can cut down on paper-mail! It is still a work-in-progress, but follow us at https://bpkics.wordpress.com