Monday, September 12, 2011
We are praising the Lord for His leading Bible Baptist Church in Rantoul, IL to add us to their missions family. We are excited about our new relationship and partnership in furthering the reach of the Gospel. We trust that many rewards and blessings will be added to their account through the ministry done through us.
With their added support, our new percentage is 35%. Please continue praying that God will raise the remaining support so that we can attend Launch Seminar in January (we must be at 60% in order to attend) and so that we can depart for Germany next summer.
Praising Him while we serve Him,
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Hello praying partners,
It is a beautiful sunny 75 degree day as I write this update. I am home in Mingo, IA spending the day with my two daughters while Sarah is at the Ladies Retreat up at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp in Clear Lake, IA. She went with the ladies of Faith Baptist Church in Cambridge, IA (the church we attend here in Iowa). Please pray for this time of refreshment and encouragement.
Last update I talked about changing plans for both us and some friends. I would like to thank you for praying for our friends, the Clines, after the loss of their son. Please continue to pray for the Clines.
Also, I mentioned some car troubles we were having. Those troubles and the growing space needs of a growing family prompted us to start praying that the Lord would provide a minivan that would take us through the end of deputation. Two weeks later the Lord provided that van. Praise the Lord for His provision.
I also mentioned that finances were very tight. We know finances have been very tight for many people for quite a while now, and that many churches are struggling to meet their budget. Our own sending church has been struggling, being in southeast Michigan, and has had to cut a lot out of their budget. Please pray that God would provide the finances necessary to do His work all over this country.
Another missionary to Germany with BMM in his update this week mentioned that there is only two missionary couples and one single lady in Germany right now with BMM. There are three on deputation and three on furlough in the states. Pray for the ministry in Germany. Pray also that God would raise up more people to serve in Germany.
A church we presented at two weeks ago is voting this coming Sunday about supporting our ministry. Please pray that God would direct their decision according to His will.
Here is our upcoming itinerary:
Sept 18: Hagerman Baptist, Waterloo, IA
Sept 19-21: Minnesota state conference, Faribault, MN
Sept 25: First Baptist, Waverly, IA
Sept 28: Evangel Baptist, Taylor, MI
Oct 2: First Regular Baptist, Kansas City, MO
Oct 9: Shepherd Road Baptist, Mulberry,FL
Oct 12: Starkey Road Baptist, Largo, FL
Oct 19: Maranatha Baptist, Sebring, FL
Oct 21-23: Evangel Baptist, Brandenton, FL Nov 6: Grace Baptist, Labelle, FL
Dec 4: Mt. Ayr Regular Baptist, Mount Ayr, IA
Dec 14: Calvary Baptist, Union, IA
Thank you for your continued prayer,
Jim, Sarah, Josefine and Cornelia