Terry and I pray you and your family had a blessed Christmas and as we look forward to the New Year we look forward to God's continued blessings as well as Jesus soon coming. When we look back at 2017 we can't help but to thank all those individuals and Churches who have faithfully and sacrificially supported the work Terry and I are doing in Florida/Uganda and Kenya with your prayers and finances. We will need your continued prayers and support as we press towards the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus in 2018.
Personal Note: Finding Our Way Back Home
As another year passes, we see ourselves still trying to find our way back home. Its been several years since we came off the field as full time foreign Missionaries and while our home is in Florida our hearts are still very much in East Africa. That statement may seem odd unless you have been a foreign Missionary at some time in your life and been forced to return home. We love our country, our American brethren and Churches, but the longer we are home the more we realize that we are still foreign in many ways. The dear members at the Florida Plant realize this week in and week out as we constantly update them on what God is doing through the Kenya/Uganda Church development side of our ministry. I often think to myself and wonder how many Churches take live calls during service from East African Pastors and how many others Churches have to endure their Pastor teaching them Swahili/Spanish and English? They listen intently but I'm sure they think Terry and I are weird in so many ways, LOL. All of this unsettledness reminds me of this saying about Missionaries,"home is everywhere, home is nowhere." This year we have made an effort to continue to re-assimilate by purchasing a piece of property in Florida for our RV.
Record Numbers: Contacts & Visits:
We know the reason we are continuing this season of growth is because the Lord is giving the increase. 1Cor. 3:7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. We also realize the law of the harvest teaches us that the more seeds we plant and water the more fruit we will have to harvest. To that end we have made over five hundred contacts and visits over the last year. This is primarily accomplished by engaging our community through our van visitation program but we also have various other aforementioned outreaches.
Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.