Prayer Team update Mar 8
Since we started our journey into full time ministry, things have gone pretty smooth. I applied with Youth Dynamics and was offered a job. We went to training with YD to learn about how YD views money and why they ask their missionaries to come into the organization with a support team. It is different than serving with the military. For example on the first day, before our class started, we were chatting with a guy about who we were and why we were there. After about ten minutes Kimarie looked at him and said, “and how are you associated with YD?”
He said, “I am Mark, the Executive Director”
He is everyones boss. A real down to earth guy doing the same thing we are doing. Answering God’s call on our lives to serve Him by investing in youth of the Pacific Northwest.
Mostly normal stuff, until last week. Last week I called the dentist that did my surgery in December. I had a small blister on the gums at the surgery site. He asked me to come in right away. The next day I drove to San Antonio, which is about three and a half hours from where we are staying in Houston. Soon after I arrived they began minor surgery to scrape out an infection that had started in the bone graft.
I have to admit, I was disappointed. I know we are on the right track with full time ministry. If my teeth aren’t fixed, I will not be allowed to retire from the Coast Guard. How does this fit? I have a timeline of how things are supposed to happen. For us to arrive in August at YD and begin full time, fully supported by September.
As I was driving home I realized where I went wrong and why I was so disappointed. I assumed things would go the way I thought they would in my head.
I know many of you are reading this and saw what was happening before I finished the paragraph. Maybe you have been where I am. We know where we are going, but it looks like how we get there and when we get there, are in the capable loving hands of our Father.
· We are still praying for Ayla. She is doing well, but our God is a God of healing, not just getting by.
· We are praying for our next trip to speak face to face with people in Alaska and California
· We are praying for wisdom as we submit information to churches that we would like to support us. This is new for us and it is different for every church.
· For Gods will to be done as we submit to His schedule for us.
· We are thankful for our first few supporters! They have already shared a few stories of how they have been blessed!
· We are thankful for time to raise support while on active duty. God is truly sustaining us in our support raising.
· Thankful for so many wonderful friends and family that have committed to supporting us in our ministry.
We have been able to be a part of peoples lives as we have asked for support. We are thankful that God has given us a reason to get in touch with some who we have been out of touch with.