Thursday, July 29, 2010

Quick Update on the Car

Looks like our car will be up and running (hopefully for good this time) sometime tomorrow. About $1,200(ish) later and 2 re-replaced parts later, but we are blessed. The transmission is being rebuilt, except for the clutches, which apparently are in great condition...and all for about $500 less than expected. The mechanic ...seems to be taking good care of the car and we're praying for a safe trip to Detroit for VBS!

This just in - one of our supporting churches is providing $500 for the repair.

Praise God for His provision...He never fails.

Again, thanks for praying!

The Engles
Jim, Sarah & Josefine

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Car Situation Update - Reprise

Hello Faithful Prayer Warriors!

We were able to make it to the conference in Cleveland and enjoy a sweet time of refreshing and fellowship! From there, we headed out to New York to visit a church, Calvary Baptist Church in Bay Shore, whose Ladies Missionary Group supports us, gave them an update and spent some time of fellowship with them on an afternoon fishing charter! We were so encouraged to hear how God was working in the people's hearts there and were spiritually encouraged ourselves just to hear their testimonies! God's grace is truly amazing!

Onto recent happenings...

We left New York for a quick visit to Washington DC since we were in the area to see some of the historical sites and to meet Jim's brother and his family. About halfway to DC, our transmission went out. It did the exact same thing it did in the mountains of Washington State! We called the State Patrol and were picked up shortly thereafter by a tow truck. We're now in New Jersey waiting it out. The pastor from the church we were at previously gave us some recommendations for churches to call in this area and from that we came into contact with Haddon Heights Baptist Church, whose Pastor and wife have a special place in their hearts for Germany as they lived there for two years. The church very graciously put us up in a hotel and have been generous in making sure we're taken care of. We joined them for their Wednesday evening prayer service and had a wonderful time meeting people and sharing some sweet time of prayer and fellowship with them. We sincerely sense the goodness of God, even amidst the potential frustration of what seems to be a chronic car issue!

Right now, we're waiting on the mechanic to get back to us about our car. As it looks, there is probably something else wrong that is causing the transmission issues, since this is the second time the transmission has given out in this way. So, the mechanic is doing some exploratory work on it. He also explained that he would give us a $300 discount if we have to completely rebuild the transmission because we were referred by the church. The amount he would charge is $1,695. Pray for God's provision, as we just spent nearly that much in June for the same repair.

Thank you all!

The Engles
Jim, Sarah & Josefine

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Car Situation Update

Thank you all for praying on behalf of our car situation. It looks like we'll be hitting the road sooner than expected!

We heard from the dealership...the amount it would cost to fix the car would be somewhere near $1,600 and they wouldn't even be able to get to it until next week Thursday. So, we did some brainstorming and a lot of praying for wisdom, of course. :) Jim called a local transmission shop to see if we could get the same job done sooner, and possibly cheaper. We're taking the car in to that shop TODAY and it will be done tomorrow with the total cost being UNDER $1,000! Thank you, Lord!

We're excited that it looks like we'll be able to make some, if not all, of the BMM Annual Conference, which is always a refreshment and encouragment.

Again, thanks for your prayers!

The Engles
Jim, Sarah & Josefine

Monday, July 5, 2010

Jehovah Jireh...Our God Provides!

Our God provides and not always in ways we expect or can even hope for. He provides...exceedingly and abundantly beyond what we can hope for!

Today we found out that a few people wanted to give toward the repair of our transmission! The total amount given was $1,200. We don't know yet how much the assesment or repair will cost, but we should find out more on Tuesday. Of course, the final cost is something the Lord already knows! We are so thankful for how God has provided...and humbled by the generosity of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our meetings and camp these past few weeks have been so encouraging and the fellowship has truly been sweet. Also, we enjoyed a wonderful time at the VBS in Soap Lake. We had some pretty sharp kids eager to learn about Germany! Near the end of the week, we heard the great news that one little boy trusted Christ as his Savior! News we never get tired of rejoicing over! The kids also gave joyfully and sacrifically during the VBS offering and we are so thankful for their excitment to give! The Lord provided $1,000 through that ministry! Praise GOD!

One more piece of news we'd like to share. The Lord has officially moved us to full-time deputation! How, you ask? Well, Jim received a phone call from his job back in Iowa and they informed us that they had to let some employees go and that he was one of them. Much to our surprise, we were actually rejoicing in God's direction through this news! We had already been praying about how to transition to full-time deptutaion, but couldn't quite put our fingers on how or when. We just knew it needed to happen soon! It seems as though God had a way to get us there! When we get back from our summer ministries, Jim will be able to spend more time calling pastors and setting up meetings. Because our new goal to get to Germany is next summer, it's imperative that we spend more of our time on the road!

Another issue of prayer would be our departure goal. The Brudtkuhls, who we will be joining on the field, will be on furlough for 1 year beginning next summer. If we can get to Germany by next summer, we can be in language school for the first year in Bavaria while they're on furlough in the states. This means, that we could all be heading toward Berlin around the same time in 2012, ready to dive into ministry together!

I know this update seems FULL of details! We are excited to have so much to share with you! :)

The Engles

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Photo Album

Our Presentaion Introdution


Welcome, Josefine Adelaide!
Born on June 29, 2009
7lbs 15.7oz
20 inches long

josefine is born ministry blog

Josefine turns ONE!

Josefine turns 1 ministry blog

Josefine in front of the US Capital Building (August 2010)

Family Pic DC Josefine

Family Picture on Jim's Birthday before heading to DC (August 2010)

Family Pic DC

Welcomem, Cornelia Ruth Hosanna!
Born May 2, 2011
8lbs 8oz
20.5 inches long

Cornelia for BLOG1

Josefine turns TWO!

josefine turns 2 ministry blog

Family Picture on Josefine's 2nd Birthday, enjoying a Strawberry Ice Cream Cone at the Drug Store! :) And including our newest addition, Cornelia! (2011)

family pic josefines bday 2011

Cornelia, June 2011

cornelia ministry blog

Friday, July 2, 2010

Added Meetings & Our Car Situation

We are so thankful for the blessing our summer minstry has already been! We enjoyed our meetings at North Creek Baptist in Bothell, WA and First Baptist Church in Soap Lake, WA. Family Camp and VBS were fun and refreshing! We're excited that the Lord brought one little boy to Himself this week! How precious to see the excitment of a new believer announcing "I got saved yesterday!" with such a big smile on his face!

Josefine celebrated her 1st Birthday this week. It's hard to believe a year has gone by already...and so quickly! We are so thankful for our little girl and pray that she will be a light to the world someday, the same way she has been a light in our lives. Children are truly a blessing of the Lord.

We also ran into a car issue...transmission to be exact. Of course, it was no surprise to God. He has everything planned out perfectly and we trust in His faithfulness and provision! Pray with us about this situation.

We have a few new meetings lined up as well. This Sunday, we'll be at in Grace Baptist Church in Wilson Creek, WA. On Wednesday, we'll be at Grace Baptist Church in Kennewick, WA. We have so much enjoyed sharing our hearts with people in the state of Washington, and sense such an interest in the mission field of Germany!

Thank you for praying!

The Engles

Happy 1st Birthday, Josefine!