Dear Pastor and Praying Friends:
The Apostle Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
I was teaching on this verse in a soul winning class on Wednesdays night in a local church plant, and it touched my heart in so many ways as we unraveled the scriptures and went into the mind of God here. Eating and drinking are a necessity of life, and serving God (not ourselves) is also a necessity for the Christian life. Even more, the act of sharing our faith in soul winning is a necessity.
While we are missionaries on deputation, Mimi and I look at ourselves as being missionaries wherever we go. Jim Eliot stated, “Wherever you are, be all there! Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.” Right now the will of God is that we be on the deputation trail once again, but this does not negate the fact that we are to be constant in our witness for Him.
While we were on the road this past week, I was able or share the Gospel with hotel workers, gas station attendants, and people we would meet on the way. Yesterday I received a friend request on my Facebook page that I keep private for those I witness to, and it was one such person I shared the Gospel with. Praise the Lord she is right on the verge of accepting. Please remember this young lady in prayer, that she will yield to the Lord.
Deputation News: We have been on the road to accomplish the goal we need to move to Africa and begin our ministry there. We have managed to move up to about 39% of our needed support, and the Lord is blessing. I am currently calling weekly, and we need much prayer that we can find pastors and mission teams on the other end of the phone. Also be in prayer as the kids will be starting school next week; pray that the Lord will provide a way for us to travel nearby and keep them in their school. We are looking into the possibility of homeschooling them, but it is still important that we keep Logan in school for the social requirements he needs.
Needs: We are planning a couple of trips in between meetings. While our number one goal is deputation and reaching our needed support level, we still have many ongoing ministries that require our attention as well. I will need to make a trip to southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, and Zambia) this year. I will be spending the majority of my time in Botswana encouraging and training the workers there with the focus of future momentum in the ministry. It is my goal to take them on a journey from Gaborone to Maun where we will be seeking the Deaf who have scattered. We will also start planning for the circuit riding ministry there. I am praying that we can raise about $4,000.00 for tickets, lodging, and necessities while there. Mimi will also need to go Ethiopia. This trip may not happen until 2018, but we need to start making preparation and raising support for it as well. This will be a survey trip where she will work with the VICKtory school, look for schools and start planning our move there.
I know the Lord will supply, and I thank you for your continued prayer while we are walking by faith now on the deputation trail.
Travis, Mimi, Nikki, and Logan Dykes