We are ready to leave for Mali! God has done a miraculous work in bringing our support together...
It is only His work that can accomplish that. We believe He has called us to serve, and He provides, and He has. We are thankful to so many of you who also felt the desire to partner with us, (and God) in this mission to build the church in West Africa. As I write to you right now we are short $96 a month. What a long way we've come from a need of $1300 a month when we first came back from Mali a bit more than a year ago.
I'm writing these specific figures so you can rejoice with us! God is great.
So what is the plan? We will be overseas 3 years until 2014 when Ben graduates from high school. (does that make you feel old.. :D) In 2014 we are slated to be in Lansing, Michigan at a mission house provided by South Church. We look forward to sharing and serving with them at that time. We plan to return to Mali after a year furlough, having accompanied Ben through his freshman year of college.
In the meantime, our hearts turn to Mali, where a lot of work lies ahead. We have colleagues to work with, and consulting on a policies & procedures statement for our church association. We have more language to learn, more evangelism to do. Please continue to pray with us as we embark on this next phase of ministry.
We are sad to leave Lisa's mom, and our nephew Andrew.We are also leaving our daughter
Hilary behind in college. But we know they are in Gods' hands. We really feel like each one of these
has improved and come a long way this year.
We are sad that we go back to a Mali empty of Eadelmans... These friends have been our encouragers, advisors, mentors, and close friends... Ernie will be making a visit early in 2012, but we'll miss their day-to-day ness... And now we have to take the role of experienced lead in Kadiolo. I think we're comfortable with that as long as Eadelmans are only a skype or email away...
We had a nice opportunity this last week to visit the Marshalls. They were appointed as missionaries at the same time we were.... way back in 1994. (That was back when gaga was a word babies crooned, and Iphones and Ipads weren't even conceived of yet.) They've served in higher theological education in the Ukraine, and in several universities in the USA, currently Spring Arbor. We really enjoyed catching up, and feeling like minded in so many ways through common experience, and common desires to see the kingdom of Christ built up. If you ever feel like the world is going to hell in a hand basket, look around... God has many solid people working alongside you. I think of Elijah in that cave, thinking he is the only prophet left, and God reveals to him that there are 3000 others.... It is encouraging to know that many others are serving Christ, isn't it?
Now as we go back to Mali, this blog will be kicking into high gear, and we'll be posting
new stories and new pics every week as we share what God is doing. We get to be up close and watch Him work, and we want to share that with you....
Thanks for stopping by, thanks for praying
Tom & Lisa
Tom and Lisa work with Worldventure in Mali, West Africa. If you would like to donate online to help this ministry, click this link:
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