In This Issue:
Year in Review
Full Time Ministry Transition Update
January â€“ Return from Urbana being challenged to partner with the church in the global south and how we choose to live and minister with others.
February â€“ Tim had bunion surgery
March â€“ Tim recovering from surgery
April â€“ Boston Marathon Bombing brought a new perspective to our thoughts on how God is our refuge and safety.
May â€“ Celebrations with New England friends: Snell Life community, Berry and Yeung child dedications, and Abramowicz picnic
June â€“ Many preparations for taking a month off our full-time jobs to go to Guatemala in July. Candy moves her lab group the week before we leave for Guatemala â€“ long days and heavy work.
July â€“ Guatemala facilitating three short-term teams for Impact Ministries. While there, Candyâ€™s mom had a severe stroke.
August â€“ Medical Team in Guatemala and coming home to visit Candyâ€™s mom after her stroke. A relaxing afternoon at the beach with Pete and Kathy â€“ thanks for inviting us!
September â€“ Tim off to Guatemala again facilitating a medical/dental short-term team, while Candy was plumber as the siblings ready the MacPherson home for sale.
October â€“ Missions Fest Seattle promoting Impact Ministries, and Tim headed to Canada for an board meeting. Visited with all our dear west coast friends and had a wonderful time staying with the Abbott family.
November â€“ Tim off to a Medical Missions Conference in Kentucky for Impact Ministries and both of us to Lancaster, PA for Thanksgiving with family. Candyâ€™s mom is doing much better, but still struggles with her right hand/arm.
December â€“ Time to catch up and rest in the wonder of our Saviorâ€™s birth.
God has been moving in some amazing ways as we continue to take steps forward. We are humbled by the many friends and family members who have come alongside us in prayer and financial support.
Prayer Support: As we make the transition to full-time ministry we feel the need to continue building our prayer team. We are grateful that 44 people are partnering with us in prayer. We need at least 50 people and would like to aim for 75 people who are committed to praying for us regularly. To receive more frequent (about monthly) short updates with prayer and praise items as they arise, click here to be added to our prayer partner list.
Financial Support: To serve with Impact Ministries, we are required to raise our own faith support. Right now, we have enough committed ongoing financial support for one of us to step away from MIT in April 2014. We still need additional people who will support us in an ongoing way, monthly, quarterly, or annually.
Right now we have a few people who have donated $300 in ongoing monthly support who would like us to match that support with new financial partners. Praise God! If you would like to partner with us financially you can donate now at Impact Ministries online giving page. If you would like more information you can visit our website. We would love to schedule a time to talk with you about our vision for full-time ministry, email us or give us a call at 857-756-2225.
Wow the year is coming to a close and I can barely believe it! This year I'm especially thankful for our friends and family who pray for us! Thanks for being there through each twist and turn in our lives.
God reminds me in Galatians 4:4-7, â€œGod sent his Son to redeem that we might receive adoption to sonship.â€ I continually praise God for the gift of life, a good life, which heâ€™s given me. In a few days I will turn 44 years old. Many of you know that Iâ€™m adopted and that my birth mom (who I have never met) was a teen. I want to thank the Lord for His gift of life and the gift of a loving family. But most of all, I want to thank God for His gift of his Son who redeemed and adopted me into the family of God.
Over the years, Iâ€™ve shared my story with many. I was told about my adoption all along the way in life and given age appropriate answers to probing questions. When I share my story of being adopted, I recall my brother telling me that Mom and Dad chose me. I didnâ€™t quite understand what my brother meant at the time, but later when I came to know Christ as my savior; it all became much clearer for me. Mom and Dad chose me; much like my savior chose me. As you enter the Christmas season, I encourage you to reflect on Godâ€™s unfathomable love. A love that including God sending his only Son to redeem you, so you might receive adoption to sonship; what a gift of love!
Checkout this brief video on adoption: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iGUwpuzDriU
We have been back in Massachusetts for just over a week from our last trip to PA for Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to being planted in one place for a while, and I believe my boss at MIT is happy that I am in the office working as well! :)
On December 23rd I will have a small additional surgery on my foot to straighten my 4th toe. The doctor did such a good job straightening my first three toes that the 4th toe now tucks under my 3rd toe. It will be a simple procedure and I shouldn't be laid up for long. Be praying that the surgery comes off without any complications.