New Year’s Eve

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!first day M1

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 with hope 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.

That ALL may know Him,

Bill and Patricia Kics

 

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2 months in review

 

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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.

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(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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.”

Prayer Needs

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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

Preparing to MOVE cross-country

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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 faithfulness are and 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.

The Priority of Prayer

We’ll be posting an update soon about the last few months and how our financial support is progressing, but I thought this article was worth sharing, as it’s  something we can sometimes forget about when feeling the weight and the wait of support raising .

Pray is a Priority“, written by Patrick Lia, who’s blog can be found here.

As the picnickers frolicked on the bank of the river rapids, a shout rang out, “A child fell into the river!” A crowd quickly gathered and anxious eyes searched the rushing water for a glimpse of the child. Thinking quickly, the captain of the high school swim team grabbed a nearby “tug of war” rope and tied it around his body. He tossed the other end to the crowd and dove into the rapids. The crowd watched nervously as the high school hero struggled to reach the child. When he reached the child, a cheer went up from the crowd. As he grasped the child and fought to stay afloat, he shouted over the roaring rapids, “Pull in the rope!” The onlookers glanced among each other and asked, “Who’s holding the rope?” In the excitement of watching the rescue, no one had grabbed the rope. By then, the rope had slid into the rapids and was well out of reach. Helpless, the crowd watched as the figures in the water disappeared. William Carey, the founder of the modern missionary movement, told his church prior to departing for Calcutta, “You hold the rope and I will climb down into the pit.”

Oswald Chambers reminds us, “that prayer is the greater work.” One key to producing fruit through a B4Ter’s (Business for Transformation) life is prayer. That key is in the hands of the churches and friends back home. Our sending churches and friends have done but a small thing in giving of their tithes and offerings to support His work and help us launch the business. Money is helpful, but money without prayer is powerless against the gates of hell. We can throw all the money we want at the gates of hell, but it is not going to make a dent. The solutions to all of our problems can be found through prayer.

It is paramount that we recruit people to pray for the work. In my research, over 95% percent of workers who have been successful in their business AND turning people toward Jesus, said they had “recruited friends at home to pray for me daily or weekly.” It is equally important that we keep these prayer partners updated on our needs and opportunities. Like air traffic controllers who receive regular updates from the pilots flying through their airspace, prayer warriors need current information to keep the enemy at bay and His work in and through us moving forward. The gates of hell cannot prevail against prayer (Luke 18:3-8).

I received two emails from Lynn this week. I don’t know her age, but I’d guess she’s 85. She’s among the last of a dozen men and women who I can count on to pray diligently for me, God’s work, plus my family and friends. I cannot overstate the importance of finding people who will diligently pray for your life and work and your loved ones. And it is our duty to regularly communicate to these rope holders our needs, opportunities, and requests. Both are serious matters. Pray must be a priority.

Be consistent and be transparent in your communication with people. Then watch God work. As one worker wrote, “God answers Knee-Mail!”

Until now you have not asked the Father for anything in My name; but now ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy may be full and complete.  John 16:24

 

Waiting on the Lord…

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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) that this 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.

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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.

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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

In His service,

Bill & Patricia

Moving forward…

The past 3 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for us as we have kicked off our support raising efforts! Calvary_Chapel_School_353763
On February 21st we presented Mission ONE to a small gathering at our home church, Calvary Chapel of Sarasota. Bob Schindler and Paul Clayton of Mission ONE spoke about the history of Mission ONE as well as the newest direction God has laid on their hearts for the future of the ministry and its partners overseas. They explained the “Vision 20/20” program and how this will enable each of the national partner ministries to be self-sustaining, while giving them another viable way to share the gospel and help the community. Paul, the Missional Business director, reviewed fundamental principles of missional business, and shared multiple stories from the field of fruitful missional business efforts. Our future roles with the ministry were explained and questions from the congregation were answered.  It was very encouraging for us.20160226_192009

Last week we were blessed to attend part of the annual Missions conference at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks. It allowed us to spend more time with our future leaders and colleagues, Bob and Paul, as well as Bob’s wife, Linda, and we were inspired by the session entitled, “Building Strong Cross Cultural Partnerships” which Bob taught.

Friday night’s closing session opened with a procession of national flags as they introduced missionaries and missions organizations from around the world. This was 20160226_194743followed by an incredible hour of worship led by recording artists, Shane & Shane (Patti’s FAVORITES!).

Saturday we attended the Voice of the Martyrs Conference at Calvary Chapel of St. Petersburg. Heart-breaking…inspirational…challenging…humbling… powerful… these are some of the adjectives that come to mind of how we felt as we listened to the speakers and prayed together in a great chorus for the persecuted body of Christ around the world. How we love and support this great ministry and their workers in every country. And it was a joy to learn that some of the conference speakers who serve in dangerous places know and work with some of the nationals who are a part of Mission ONE! It IS a “small world after all” to our great God.

We ask you to please lift us up in prayer as we move forward. We are anxious (in a good way!) to get to Arizona and begin working with Mission ONE. We are keeping Isaiah 55:12 in mind as we prepare our hearts to leave our beloved Sarasota, church, family and friends. Please agree with us as we uproot and set out on this new journey: “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”

Pray that our financial support goal will be reached quickly so we can get on our way; pray that once that is attained we can find appropriate housing and that the move will go smoothly as the Father ordains each of our steps. And please consider partnering with us as we are trusting God to provide for our finances so we can serve the unreached, the poor and oppressed through Mission ONE.

A Note from Mission ONE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are so grateful to God for bringing Bill and Patricia Kics to work with us at Mission ONE. “This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:23)

The Mission ONE team has been praying for God to bring the right people to help fulfill our vision. For nearly 25 years, we have partnered with indigenous national mission organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. These partners have faithfully and sacrificially proclaimed the Gospel of Christ, primarily among Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, and animistic peoples. Over the years, our national missionary partners have reported nearly a quarter of a million conversions to Christ and planted nearly 5,000 new churches.

One of our current initiatives is to empower our partners toward sustainability and greater ministry impact through missional business. I believe that Bill’s “desire to use his business mind and problem solving abilities for Kingdom business” will be used by God mightily in advancing His kingdom through Mission ONE partnerships. As Mission ONE’s Project Manager, Bill will be invaluable in the process of implementing the missional business strategies developed with our partners. Bill’s experience, skill-set, and desire to “make a difference” are an ideal match for the opportunities ahead of Mission ONE.

Patricia is a perfect “fit” for us as Executive Assistant. Her years of experience in administration and customer relations, as well as on the mission field, will be a powerful combination in serving Mission ONE leaders. Plus, Patricia’s “longing to be back in cross-cultural ministry” will be fulfilled in this new assignment from God.

Bill and Patricia say, “For eight years we have been seeking God’s purpose in uniting our lives at a later stage of life…for His use of the practical and administrative gifts we both have for Kingdom purposes. We see in Mission ONE the culmination of these things.” We couldn’t agree more. Your encouragement of Bill and Patricia through your prayers and financial support will be deeply appreciated.

Blessings in Christ,
Bob Schindler
President
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Scottsdale, Arizona!

The trip we mentioned at the end of our last post was to visit Mission ONE’s home office images-1in  Scottsdale, Arizona. Patti and I were asked by the leadership of the ministry to explore the idea of joining them on staff.  So we recently flew out for a visit and spent 3 days in fellowship and discussion about our potential roles there.

We would both receive reasonable pay for our full time work, but we would be responsible for raising the amount of money the ministry will need to cover our salaries and benefits.

We would ask for you to join in prayer with us over the next few weeks as we seek to discern God’s plan in all these recent events and to have the courage to follow His call in a possible new direction, new season in our lives. It would mean leaving our home, our jobs, our local church family of so many years and to step out in faith that God will raise up a team of people to partner with us by funding our salaries as we work for the Kingdom through Mission ONE.