Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Such an encouraging summer!

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Ashley, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor serving His Kingdom in Eastern Africa.  As God promised Abraham we have been blessed to be a blessing in this season. 
Well we are off again for another hope filled year in the field.  We have been so incredibly humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of emotional support and financial trust so many have shown us these two months.  
First Pres! This family of believers is absolutely amazing.  So much great teaching going on there.  Blessed to be sent out from this home church of ours.  
These two months in the USA have been jam packed.  God had a lot for us.  We moved our US "safe house", transitioned from our 16 year old vehicle to a much newer more reliable one accessed through great friends who were moving overseas with work, celebrated 17 wonderful years of  marriage, visited old friends made while we lived in Rwanda and others met on mission teams in the past years, Lillian did driving school and qualified for a learner's permit (see photo below of what I think of that), the kids split up to attended Winshape, Kanakuk, Judson Baptist and Rodeo camps around the USA and we were able to spend time with so many (but not enough!) of those dear to us.

By God's amazing provision we were able to make the shift to a full Faith Support model of ministry.  We are just blown away by the interest and trust in us as we commit to another three year term of ministry in the field.  We had so many face to face meetings to share the opportunity to invest in our work and had no idea what a ministry opportunity that would be in and of itself.  Thank you to all who gave us the opportunity to share.  We ran out of time to make it to all of you, but will continue our efforts to share remotely and to prepare for next summer's chance.  If you don't want to wait until next summer and God puts it on your heart to consider joining our monthly team please don't hesitate to reach out for more information or invest in us at  God's provision and your response have been incredible!
Ella Jade loved Wagon Wheel Ministries Rodeo Camp! It was very impactful for her.  To the extent that she made a personal profession to follow Christ!  She has always been great about reading her Bible and being a leader in her small group but we clearly see a new level of commitment in her.  We suspect she dedicate her life to horses as well and will be working to ensure she keeps her priories in line :) 
Now off to the airport for the journey home to start an exciting new chapter in our effort to mobilize the indigenous global church.  We are thrilled about our roles with The Center for Mission Mobilization, ongoing efforts for With Open Eyes and living out our call to love the least of these brothers of ours.

Pray with us that our dream is fulfilled:  "For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea."
Habakkuk 2:14
THANKS! to all of you that helped make this summer so special. Thank you for your willingness to use your gifts in the areas God has blessed you wether it be encouragement, hospitality, prayer or resources.  PLEASE let us know how we can be praying for you each over this next 10 months! 
Please send us your prayer requests or just say hello at:     Ashley's Email     MacGregor's Email

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