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Goodbyes and Hellos

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May 30, 2016

jun2016_1Where do you call home?  Are we going home or leaving home?  That’s a question we are often asked.  The answer: Yes! We have two “homes”.  Tomorrow morning, we board a plane to go home.  Our house is there, our car, our friends, our church, our ministry, our adopted language and our adopted culture.  Those are all things that feel like home to us.  At the same time, we are saying goodbye to the United States, where we have you: our family, friends, our native culture and our native language.  It also feels like “home”.  So as we say our last goodbyes, and prepare for our grand hellos, we are home.
jun2016_2Please pray with us for our travel tomorrow.  We have three flights back to Quito, and a ton of luggage that has to follow us there.  Pray for a smooth passage through security in the US and smooth passage through customs in Ecuador.  We are scheduled to arrive in Ecuador at 10:15PM.
We return having accomplished most of our goals for our home assignment.  Would you please pray with us over the following:

  • Of the $1000/month in support we needed to raise, we have $400/month left to go.
  • For those interested in helping our church raise $20,000 for a second plot of land to build a larger church building, you can direct your giving to the “Cayambe Church Property Fund”.

You can go to crossworld.org/give or send a check with a note explaining your intentions to Crossworld at 10000 North Oak Trfwy, Kansas City, MO 64155 to get involved with either of the opportunities above.

 

What’s next…

jun2016_3Those who know us best, know that we hit the ground running. We have a lot going on as soon as we land in Ecuador.  June and July are the busiest months of the year for us.  Here’s a few highlights.
~Sunday, June 5, “First Fruits” Inter-church Music Competition
~Sunday, June 12, Baby Shower for Vicky and Edison
~June 16-27, Cotinga Foundation Team ministry in the Special School
~June 28-July 6, Crossworld meetings hosting our International Director
~July 8-18, Emmanuel Mennonite Church work team to Caluma Camp

A Special Thank You

jun2016_4The past four months have been a whirlwind of travel and visits, but it’s also been an amazing display of God’s faithfulness and provision.  So many of you have received us in your homes and your churches.  Many of you have begun a financial partnership with us or have increased your financial commitment to the ministry.  We have had many unforgettable experiences spending time with each of you.  We return with our “cups running over” with the love we have received from each of you.  We just want to say, “Thank you.”

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