Time For the Next Season December 2019
I'm usually excited to send out these newsletters. This time, it's a bit tougher to click "send"...
Over the past two months, God has called me and Liz to a time of reflection; to a time of open-handedness, prayer, and trust in His direction. Perhaps, more accurately, to a time of honestly seeking His direction with no strings attached, no "untouchables", no closed fists.
I guess I'm burying the lead here, but it's a tough one for me to spit out.
Through our prayer and time in scripture, God has made it clear in the past two months that it is time for our family's next season - one that will see me step away from staff at EMI Canada.
I am still incredibly passionate about EMI. I absolutely love all of the great people I work with. I enjoy my job every day. God is simply calling us elsewhere - I'm not sure where yet, but we're doing our best to follow His lead.
As of right now, my intention is to continue working at EMI until May of 2020.
So what's next? We're still figuring that out, but I hope to stay involved with EMI as a volunteer in some capacity for a long time. As far as the more immediate future? More on that below:
I can't say it enough times - we're so grateful for all of you who have supported us. You have been so generous and so faithful.
It is crucial to our office that I "leave well" - that I hand off my responsibilities to others in our small office effectively.
In order to do this by staying until May, we need two things:
1. For our regular monthly supporters, I ask that you continue your monthly donations, as you have so faithfully done, until June 2020.
2. For everyone, I ask that you consider a special donation to get us to the finish line in May, perhaps as part of your year-end giving.
Your support over these next months will help keep EMI Canada healthy and sustainable in 2020! It will also allow me to lead an amazing project to Uganda. More on that below.
Last you heard, I was scheduled to travel to Haiti in September. Unfortunately, the ministry's land deal fell through a few weeks before we were supposed to go. In the meantime, the political situation in Haiti has been difficult to say the least (please pray for Haiti!) That project is therefore on hold for the time being.
I am now scheduled to lead a project to Mukono, Uganda in mid-March. We will be working with Reach One Touch One Ministries (ROTOM), an organization that supports seniors in Uganda. EMI Canada has visited ROTOM on two previous project trips to design their seniors' medical clinic.
Now, ROTOM has asked us to design a primary & secondary school. Many of the seniors they support take care of orphaned grandchildren who do not have a place to go to school. Our team will provide ROTOM with a master plan for the school campus, as well as some building and infrastructure design for their Phase 1 buildings.
I wish I could quantify the impact your support has had more clearly, but the truth is that only God truly knows.
What I can tell you - through your support, you have directly or indirectly...
...uplifted 11 ministries(hopefully 12 come March) in 8 countries;
...touched the lives of many orphans, school children, university students, pastors, human trafficking survivors, rescued child slaves, seniors, and pregnant women in need. Those that God loves. Male and female, ages 0 to 90+, of many races and backgrounds; and
...demonstrated the love of God to those listed above, as well as EMI's volunteer & intern engineers, architects, and surveyors.
More than anything, I want to thank you for supporting and encouraging me and my family in our ministry with EMI. God has used you to keep us at EMI for this season (9 years total, 7 of those on staff).
As a group, our supporters have contributed over $400,000 (and counting) to support EMI's mission and, ultimately, the people our partners serve in developing nations. YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! We thank God so much for you.
Please keep our family in your prayers as we seek what God has for us in this next season, including where I will work next.
I pray that God blesses you in ways you couldn't have even imagined! Thank you again for your faithfulness and devotion to the work that God is doing.
"Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain."