Second Quarter ’08

April 13, 2008

His Call Is Sufficient

Sunset North of Mexico City
By Luke

When we began our time on furlough, I had some specific plans. Some of the things that we anticipated doing have come to wonderful fruition. We have met many veteran missionaries and church planters who we have been able to talk to and bounce ideas off of. Wheaton College has provided us with more solid mission training. We’ve been able to spend time with family and other supporters.

But there is one item that has been very different from what we had planned. For nearly two years, I have been talking to and praying with potential American teammates to join us in Mexico City. For two years, one-by-one, they have expressed their sorrow for not feeling God’s calling to Mexico City.
For Lindsay and me, this has been an experience that we weren’t anticipating. We thought that with our hard work, a team would come together naturally. As we’ve prayed and talked repeatedly through this surprise, we continually return to our sense of God’s calling on our hearts to continue in the City. It’s as if he’s saying, “My call is sufficient for now.”

At first, this experience stung. “Where’s the team, God?” “What about what we need to get this job done?” But over time, praying and talking with mentors here and in Mexico, we know one thing: God is calling us to Mexico City to work as catalysts for church planting. And for now, that’s enough. That’s what we need to know to take the next step.

After all, this is his work, not ours, and partnering directly with Mexican leaders may provide the very best inroad to truly indigenous church planting.

Please pray for God’s continued grace and providence over us.

Thank You

We would like to extend a ‘thank you’ to all of you who have supported us through our time here in Wheaton, IL, both financially and prayerfully. We felt such a peace about coming to Wheaton College when God made it possible for Luke to study here. It was so apparent to us that God wanted to use this time to help us grow, not only in an academic sense through classes (though he certainly has), but also as a family, and most of all, as followers of Jesus.

Over and over, through our preparations for returning to Mexico City, God has called us to be faithful to Him. When there have been times of uncertainty with our plans, God has reminded us that they are His plans and that He has simply invited us to participate. So, thank you for helping to make all this learning possible! We absolutely couldn’t do it without your willingness to participate in His plans, too.

Please join us in praising God for faithfully supporting us and directing us.

Wheaton Coming to a Close

There are nothing but a few papers, tests, and weeks separating us from Luke’s graduation in May! What a blessing this time has been for us for God to continue to prepare us for His work in Mexico City!

Please pray for Luke as he finishes his course work. Also, join us in praising God for the blessing of studying here!

1000 Prayers Update

We have received a number of additional sign-ups for our “pray-ers” for us and this ministry, but we still need many more to reach our goal of 1000. If you want to regularly pray for us, please tell us by going to our website and clicking “Commit to prayer for us” at the bottom of the page.
This newsletter goes out to about 450 people, so we need you to help us spread the word about gathering 1000 committed prayer partners. Tell your Sunday School class, your friends, and your family!

Please pray that God would raise up more praying people for us and for the ministry in Mexico City.

Family Update

Spring seems to be finally creeping in here in Wheaton, as plants are sprouting their little heads through the snow. We’ve had a long winter with lots of snow and cold. So we are excited about the idea of warmer weather and wearing fewer layers.

Bella is enjoying preschool. She was excited last week when they took a nature walk looking for “signs of Spring.” Olivia is growing and changing everyday. She can do most anything she wants now and even has determined ideas about what she wants to wear some days. We think we may have two strong-willed children. Lindsay was able to take a class at the college called Holy Spirit in Mission. In her words, “It rocked my world.” She enjoyed the time to be on campus and to meet other students.

Please pray for our family as we prepare for another move to Mexico City.

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