Blessings folks. This week the CMM is hosting our first ever Support Raising Leaders Conference in Tulsa. It's been an incredible oportunity to learn from the some of the heavyweights of missions - we have about 175 mission leaders from over 70 organizations all coming together to learn how to better lead staff who raise personal support. I've heard some inspiring stories from people and both the keynotes and workshops have been top notch. I'm currently in a panel discussion on helping minorities raise support (picture above). I have to admit that I don't really feel worthy of having a seat at the table with these "peers" of mine with 25 and 30 years of ministry experience. Would you please pray that God would use this conference to send more fully funded laborers to the mission field?
It has been a challenge traveling and working with one arm but I believe my clavicle repair was successful and I'm feeling a bit better each day so am incredibly grateful for your prayers in that area these last couple of weeks.
Dear Ashley, We appreciate your part in sending us to the frontline of mission mobilization. It is a joy to share our family updates with you. Let us know how we can, in turn, be praying for you! "I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers..." - Ashely, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor
Transforming the mission field into a mission force
Things are going great here. The kids are well established as high schoolers now. Getting the swing of schedules and the greater levels of responsibly and time management required in that new phase of life for them. The Member Care team and Ashley are meeting regularly and making great plans for the health of our multiple mission locations. I'm right in the middle of our strategic planning season for all the teams, scheduling the next 10 month's worth of travel and preparing for a visit to our South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
As a reminder for our friends not in Louisiana we offered a call to action last month. The state government is reporting that roughly 70,000 homes have suffered flood damage in East Baton Rouge Parish along. That is 35% of all homes. Our home church, First Presbyterian Church Baton Rouge, is actively involved in helping and supporting the local community.
As they assist financially as well as materially FPC has set up a dedicated Relief Fund. If you are at all able and called to do so please consider giving towards that need. You can find this opportunity to help at www.fpcbr.org down the page a bit or use this direct link.
We were very blessed to have ALL of the Coles family here with us for a couple of weeks at the end of the summer. We were able to safari and spent a little time ministering locally as well as just having them do life with us in our world. From top left: Ella Jade with two students of "The Kiriko Special School" near Thika. The school's Moto, Vision and Mission. Our family team spent the day with the kids, brought games, supplies and sacks of rice and ugali flour. Lillian will be proposing Kiriko as one of our mission school's Christmas Project locations this year (pray for favor in that effort). The safari was a big success, absolutely beautiful spending time in God's creation. This family of four Cheetah was certainly a highlight.
From top left: Just being a kid and clowning around with some buddies. Duncan doing some Maasai fishing.
From top left: Holding a "town hall" Skype with our folks in the Middle East and Malaysia. Two pastors in Sulawesi are putting their 3,000 members through our XPlore study (identities protected for security reasons). Planning meeting with our Kenyan team and locals they are discipling as we consider creating our first all indigenous Kenyan team. On location in Eldoret brainstorming with students and ministry workers from Africa Christian Outreach as a potential indigenous team location.
Just a few more shots
From top left: Duncan and I geocaching with the Bastable family for a Middle Men discipleship morning. Celebrating my buddy Joseph's 40th birthday with a good ole Kikuyu goat roast. Duncan and Joseph's son resting and entering their meat comas. A warthog thinking my boot looks like a good snack....I'm thinking about having this warthog over for a Cochon-du-Let :) My favorite advertisement of the month - I'm not sure that, if I had a pool, I would need to pay a guy to come bathe and brush his teeth in it thrice weekly. Seriously the add has a photo of a guy in a towel brushing his teeth in the pool. I'd call that a marketing miss.
Prayer & Praise
For relief of all effected by natural disaster, war and poverty around the world.
For a friend continuing to under go a protracted trial in an islamic country for being a believer and sharer of the Gospel. Praise that he has been able to get a couple of letters out to his family and that they have been able to smuggle money for food and medicine into him. His words are strong and we know God is using him even now in his confinement.
For wisdom as I organize my schedule for this ministry season with so much to do and so many places to be.
For wisdom as we navigate life with teenagers and their growing interest in others of the opposite sex.
We are blessed beyond measure. "In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth."
We appreciate your part in sending us to the frontline of mission mobilization. It is a joy to share our family updates with you. Let us know how we can, in turn, be praying for you! "I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers..."
- Ashely, Lillian, Ella Jade, Duncan and MacGregor
Transforming the mission field into a mission force