The past 3 weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for us as we have kicked off our support raising efforts!
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.
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 followed 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.