On January 2nd, I preached my last sermon as the pastor of Grace Fellowship. Right after the benediction, I changed hats and moderated the congregational meeting that officially ended my job as pastor. We then had a church-wide lunch to celebrate the occasion (that sounds funny, doesn’t it?). It was an emotional day for our family, but it’s just another step in this new journey that God has called us to embark upon.
As things stand right now, we haven’t received quite enough monthly pledges to cover our current monthly expenses going into January. Obviously, that won’t work indefinitely, but we have some money in our account at MTW that we can draw from for as long as it lasts. We believe that if we tighten our financial-belts, we can stretch those funds out for 2-3 months (hopefully much longer as more contributors come on board during that time). This is a big step of faith for us, but as we take it we’re also resting more of our weight on God’s promises in the Gospel. He’s always taken care of us in the past, and we know he’ll continue to do so. Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:25-26 are especially good news to us right now: “…therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear…Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”
So, with all of this in mind, we’d like to ask for you to pray for us in the follow ways this month:
1. Pray for God to connect us with some families who will become financial partners beginning this month.
2. Pray for our hearts. The dark, winter months are always hard for me, and there’s a lot happening right now. Pray that Gina and I would be operating out of a sense of trust in our Father’s care for us, and that we wouldn’t be discouraged by the size of the task at hand! Pray that we’d believe God’s promise in Matthew 6:25-26 is for us – and that we’d take courage from it.
3. Pray for the ongoing work in Japan. Though our attention is mostly consumed with fundraising right now, our goal is ministry in Japan. As you pray for us, please remember that we represent a work that’s already happening there. Ask the Holy Spirit to work through our teammates who are already on the field to be drawing Japanese people to himself!
If you can’t remember any of the above, we’d be grateful if you’d just mention our names to the Father every once in a while. He knows what we need! Thank you for your partnership with us!