Saturday, March 24, 2012

Just the Beginning

So, chances are that if you are reading this blog, you already know the purpose it serves and the story of God's work behind it. That being said, I thought I would start things off by asking you to join with me in this incredible adventure God has me on.  Join the team!

For those of you who aren't as familiar with how my life is about to change, I have included my prayer letter, which has just recently been sent out.  It explains a little bit of my heart behind the move to Guinea Bissau and also identifies what needs to happen before that.  If you would like to receive a hard copy of it, just let me know!  Thanks for reading!  Welcome aboard!

To my dear friends and family,

My heart is bursting with joy, excitement, and anticipation as I write this letter to you!  God has done a huge work in my life in leading me to where I am today, a graduating senior of Purdue University.  The growth I have experienced while here at Purdue is invaluable and has contributed in the decision I have made to do a year-long missions internship with Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) after graduating in May.

I will be joining two teammates, Andrew Stutzman and Beryl Forrester in a village called Catel in the small country in West Africa called Guinea Bissau.  While I’m there, I will be using my International Agronomy degree to help develop the agriculture there, as well as helping to develop a women’s ministry.

Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the LORD.”  I am very excited that God has called me into the work that He is already doing in West Africa, that every tribe, tongue, and nation would confess His holy name.  I would ask that you pray to see if God is calling you into partnering in this outreach as well.  There is an opportunity on the page enclosed to note if you would like to support me spiritually through prayer, relationally by receiving the newsletters, or financially by pledging money towards the just over $19,000 that I must raise.

As you are praying about ways that you can be involved, pray too for the ministry there.  Pray that the Holy Spirit would go ahead of me and working in people’s hearts in Guinea Bissau.  Pray also for church leadership, that God would raise up strong spiritual leaders amongst the natives to grow the church. And pray too for the women there that I would be ministering to, that they would be open and receptive to a new relationship.  I thank you ahead of time.

Your fellow laborer in Christ,