Dear Pastors and praying friends,
We would like to share with you the latest development in our deputation process. In May, we had a conversation through email with a German pastor. In that conversation he told us that the church has been praying about the possibility of asking us to consider joining one of two teams from their church. Each team would be made up of two German couples and an American missionary couple. The goal for these teams is to plant churches within a two hour radius of their home church, and they would like to launch these teams within three years.
After considering this possibility and praying about the opportunity, we are interested to see if God opens this door as we anticipate ministering in Germany for a number of reasons. First, this opportunity lines up with our ministry objective of forming church planting teams with Germans. We believe that Germans need to take the driver’s seat in church planting in order to reach their country for Christ. Forming teams with missionaries and Germans affords that opportunity for Germans to be in leadership from the groundwork of church planting. Second, the timing of a desired launch in three years will work perfectly with us, if we are able to get to Germany by the end of the year. We would be enrolled in language school at the beginning of next year, and Lord willing, be finished with language training in time to launch with one of these teams.
The timing of us leaving for Germany is crucial for a number of reasons. The first, mentioned above, is getting through language training in time for the launch of these church planting teams. The second, being just as crucial, is a deadline set by our sending church. We are currently at 53.7% of the support we need to live and minister in Germany. We need to have 100% of our support committed by October 1, 2012. This means we need an additional $2,714.00 in monthly support by October 1. From a human perspective this could seem like a mountainous need, but our God is in the business of moving mountains when his people pray in faith.
Would you join us in praying that God would provide the remaining support we need by October 1, 2012?
Would you seriously consider whether you are able to assist us in meeting this needed support.
Jim and Sarah Engle
Appointees to Germany