May Report 2017
I hope this letter finds you well. Please know how much Mimi and I appreciate all the encouragement and support (both prayer and financial) since our return to missions, and that we do pray for each of you, that God will keep you all strong and in His service.
We have taken a huge step of faith, and the best way I can describe it to you is what God both shared with me and allowed to happen. Mimi and I have made the decision to go full time with Joyce’s Kids and our deputation. I have been working a full-time job, as well as doing the ministry of deputation, and though it is not easy to explain how the will of God works at times, we know that we are in it and trusting in Him and Him alone for our support and continued deputation. I will be focusing full-time on obtaining meetings and raising our personal support while we are making preparations for our return to the field.
We ask that you pray with us for God to open doors for us to obtain our support quickly because there is an urgency for us to be fully supported and focus our full-time efforts on the ministry that God has laid before us. Many of you who are receiving this letter support us, while others of you do not as yet. I would ask those of you, who do not support us, to join with us and those already partnered with us to reach the Deaf of this world for Jesus Christ.
Once we are fully supported we will move to Ethiopia. I am making plans and preparations for maintaining the oversight here at home, but right now we have two countries who are without an American missionary to the Deaf; Ethiopia and Botswana. Many of you know one of my favorite things is watching God work! In December and January, we could do just that. We went to Ethiopia to survey the VICKtory School for the Deaf, and while there I made a trip to Botswana. What God showed us is that this is possible. For the price of a bus ticket from Atlanta to Washington D.C., I could fly to Botswana from Ethiopia and back. What is so amazing about this is that both are in desperate need for leadership to save and continue some great ministries.
As many of you know B.I.O. Lost a great servant of Lord last year, Bizuayehu Assefa. This loss has left a great void in the ministry there, which is continuing but struggling. There are about 15 works that Bizuayehu left there, as well as the spiritual leadership he had at the VICKtory School. The reason we will be basing our ministry out of Ethiopia is to work with VICKtory School, establish some leadership within the deaf church, and plant a deaf church in VICKtory School to supply the students and families of the students with much needed pastoral and spiritual guidance while also reaching the community.
While there I will also be traveling to Botswana as well. This is to establish a different kind of ministry and to strengthen the ministries that are already in place. God’s people there have done a tremendous job of maintaining the ministry, but the time has come to push forward. Many of the Deaf lost their jobs a few months ago, and this has scattered them all over the country in pockets. We will be going to Botswana to establish a circuit-riding ministry and continue to plant deaf churches with hearing ministries. It will require training and support to get this much-needed ministry off the ground and establish the man God has called to do it.
While doing these things, we will maintain the oversight and support of Joyce’s Kids.
If you were to ask me how all this can work, I could give you ideas, but honestly, it’s all a faith move that God has called us in. Though I cannot tell you how it will work, God already knows how He will make it work!
We live in a day and age of programs, planning, and preparations. While all these things are good and have their place, we need to remember that, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9