Sharing Christ with the US Military in Germany

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Monthly Archives February 2016

Learning as we go

I’ve changed the security program that monitors our website and things seem to be flowing a lot better.  I recently updated a bunch of things including some minor wording changes on our cover letter, added a page for our sending church and mission board as well as updated/added a prayer letter sign up form at the bottom of the prayer letter page.

I also went through and added all the meetings for 2016 that we currently have scheduled.  We are at 36% of our needed support right now and after 18 months of full time deputation I’m aiming to be finished in 2 1/2 years.  If God allows us to that is.  I understand that deputation is about learning more than it is support.  God will bring the support when we have learned whatever it is that He is trying to teach us but I know that if you aim for nothing, you will hit it every time.  I’m a slow learner and they tell us the average time for deputation now is 3 to 5 years.  As much as I want to be fully in God’s will, doing what He wants us to be doing, I really don’t want to be on deputation for 4 or 5 years.  Please pray we learn quickly and that He brings the support just as quickly.

The way God does things

When we started deputation, I wanted a minivan or an RV.  I wanted the extra space and flexibility these vehicles would give me.  God said no so I asked Him to show me how to be happy in the vehicle we had.  He took us to a church that gave us a basket carrier for the back of our vehicle that truly made a difference.  When Michael was born, we knew our vehicle wasn’t going to work with all the stuff a baby needs.

I asked God to either give me a larger vehicle or show me how to make what we have work.

God has given me meetings I have to fly to which means the family will probably have to stay home.  He also gave my daughter, Alana, mono.  That means she’s going to not be able to travel for a few months.  Finally, He’s given me several short distance or quick trips that mean we don’t have to pack as much.

All this means our current car still works very well for deputation.  God does things a little differently than we expect sometimes but it’s always the best way.