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On Mission December 2016

December / 2016

cropped-20-1-1.jpgWe hope your Holliday season is going well. As we approach Christmas, I always think about souls to be saved, as that is the greatest gift we can give our Lord on His celebrated birthday.

We are so thankful for all the support we have received for our very soon upcoming trip to Ethiopia and Botswana. There is much work to be completed, and we will have a very short time to do this in. We are very excited to jump right in with Joyce’s Kids and our calling to be the American missionary for the deaf works in both these countries.

While in Ethiopia, we are looking forward to getting to know the ministry at VICKtory School for the Deaf, and meeting with the teachers as well as local pastors and missionaries. It is my desire to see many souls saved while performing the business of the work there and also to minister in whatever opportunity God opens for us.

When I get to Botswana, I will be moving very fast to get the instructor set up for the J.O.Y. Bible Institute online program. Botswana will be a testing zone for our plans with this. It is our hope to test many things out and see how they work. I have set everything up on this side and am looking forward to God moving in a mighty way with the pastor training program. I will also be ministering to the pastors and their families while there and encouraging them to a momentum driven ministry and raising the next generation to serve Christ. It is also my plan to return to Botswana this summer for an extended trip if God allows, and this stopover will help me assess the needs they will have and plan accordingly.

We are praying that on this trip we will see at least 25 souls saved. Please pray with us that this request is fulfilled, as this is the primary reason for missions.

I look forward to updating you all in my next letter for the great and wonderful things the Lord did through this trip. Please be in prayer for our deputation that we will be able to raise our support quickly because we are anxious to get to work and fulfill our duty for the Lord.

In Christ,

Travis, Mimi, Nikki, and Logan Dykes

On Mission July/2016

July Support Letter:

C99F264BThank you for your continued support. In this letter I will be talking about our deputation, and some news from Joyce’s Kids Ministries around the world. We have officially started our deputation. Mimi and I have sent out our first support packets, and are preparing to start calling pastors and mission committees in AL, GA, SC, NC, and TN.

I have a need to work until we reach the 50% mark, so I am trying toimgres initially stay close to home with my travels. We are
currently at 20%, praise the Lord, and hopefully it will not be too long for us to reach the needed 50%
milestone we have set for ourselves. It is very important that we reach this quickly because the ministry of Joyce’s Kids has many needs, and in order to meet them I will need to place myself into a position where I can focus my full attention. Thank you so much for you continued prayer as we reach out to many new churches and introduce them to Joyce’s Kids!

Needs:

I have spoken with many of the missionaries I will be having the privilege to be a servant to. I know many of you also support them as well, and there are many needs around the world with the schools and churches we represent. Two important needs we have currently are:

  • A kitchen for the school in Zambia.

I spoke with Yohannes the other day and they have seriously outgrown the kitchen they were using and are now having to prepare the meals outside. This can be tricky with the flies and the weather in Zambia, and they truly do need this addition to the school.

  • A Van for the School in Ethiopia.

Gomeju is in desperate need of a school van. For many of the kids this is the only way they can get back and forth to school, and the one they had has truly been overused for the ministry there. It is no longer able to handle the workload the school has. Without this van many children will have to be turned away because transportation is very expensive in Ethiopia.

If you would be interested in helping with either of these needs, please see our donate page.

News:

Bizuayehu familyI would ask you to remember Bizuayehu Assefa’s family in prayer. Bizuayehu, was a deaf pastor in Ethiopia and the president of VICKtory School for the Deaf’s board. He has passed away due to complications from a massive stroke. Please pray for his wife, Tsehai (so-high), and his three children:  Lydia, Yeabsira, and Ebenezer. Pastor Bizuayehu had been with B.I.O. for over 25 years, pastored, and trained many deaf in Ethiopia and was a true hero of the faith. Thank you so much for your continued prayer and support. I challenge you to go to Joyce’s Kids and visit our webpage for more information on Joyce’s Kids.