It's Our Anniversary!
When we left our paying jobs, sold our house and our cars and much of our stuff, and set out from Guelph to Puerto Rico we had a God-given vision. That was 10 years ago this Christmas!
People said, “You must have a lot of faith to do that,” or “I need more stability than that,” or “I could never live like that.” Being a missionary can seem like the worst job ever.
And, to be honest, it’s not easy! We have faced big changes, many struggles, and there are many ups and downs. It takes constant surrendering as God calls us to set aside our personal plans and ambitions in order to be witnesses to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But it can also seem like the best job ever! The missionary life is a life filled with anticipation, opportunities for stretching growth, changes and flexibility, a walk of faith, and a very real witness of God’s active hand.
You Are Our Vision Partners
Ten years has brought us many opportunities and experiences. We’ve had to find ways to persevere learning through challenges such as cultural differences, language communication problems, loneliness, and many other issues that missionaries deal with. Success is not always easy to measure, as we’ve described before in other newsletters. But we also know that you, as our team of vision partners, are enabling us to persevere. Without the team, there’s no way to celebrate the impact. We are aware that you and we are together in this. And we recognize that ministry success is shared with the people standing behind us in prayer and financial support. Thank you!
At this 10-year anniversary we ask you again to consider becoming or continuing as a vision partner with us, by prayer and financial support, in this strategic ministry among the Deaf community. Stand with us as we seek to encourage and reach the Deaf churches to impact their community for Christ.
As missionaries we combine evangelism with church planting and discipleship. Although Canada happens to be our passport country, it is also our ‘field posting’ at this time. We are two of 37 missionaries currently posted in Canada with SIM. We are the only SIM missionaries who are specifically committed to ministry among the Deaf. Please, with prayer, consider how you can be a vision partner with us.
SIM Canada Executive Director John Denbok recently noted that often it is “the lack of support they (missionaries) receive that makes it so difficult for them to continue.” We can attest to this as, according to Statistics Canada, we are a low-income family. As missionaries we have seasons of adjusting our support higher, and other times it gets adjusted lower. But this concern has been perhaps one of the more constant challenges in our continuing through these 10 years. You may be surprised to know our work does not automatically include travel, book, conference allowances or funding to support further academic or re-training studies; we get only what is given to fund all of our ministry and living expenses. Please, with prayer, consider what you can give.
We would so much appreciate your prayers in the following ways:
- Safety in travels to meetings and Deaf churches.
- Wisdom in developing future ministry plans and involvements.
- Thanks for Deaf friends and contractors who have helped with house repairs this year!
- Funds to cover higher than expected home repair expenses we incurred in 2015, and for future much-needed technology upgrades in our computer / cell phone.
Blessings to you this Christmas and in 2016!
Love, Andrew, Tonya & Emma
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