Dear Prayer Warriors,
May marks a change in season for our ministry. On May 9th, George graduated from seminary with a Master of Divinity degree. (See below for a testimony from his conferral service.) Along with the culmination of this academic pursuit, we have just completed two years of deputation. Our tickets to Kenya are booked. We have pulled our fifth wheel to Colorado and are turning it over to our ministry partners who graciously allowed us to use it as a home during the deputation process. Our books have been sent to Kenya ahead of us, and the rest of our belongings are being sold or donated. While we are waiting and praying as a few more churches seek to take us on for support, our sails are definitely set for Kenya.
August and September will bring an intense travel schedule leading right up to departure for Kenya. George will have his ordination council at Northwest Valley Baptist Church (our sending church where George grew up) on Aug. 29th, and the service will be the 30th if he passes. (And that is a BIG if.) Following ordination our calendar holds two Sunday meetings and then three missions conferences. The first week of October, we will be commissioned at Victory Baptist Church (our home church where Lexie grew up) in Montrose, Colorado. October 9th, we will board a plane to Kenya, Lord willing.
This is a great time for us to pause and say thank you. We wish the circumstance were different so we could have said thank you in person, but we are grateful that we can still say thank you in this letter. God has provided encouragement and spiritual sharpening through all of you and your prayers. Through your generous gifts, our Lord provided not only our needs of support and passage, but also spoiled us beyond our needs.
We want to say a special thank you to the Heartfelt Scholarship Group and IBCS for providing scholarships toward George’s seminary education and allowing us to stay debt-free through his education. In addition, we are very grateful to IBM, our mission board, for all their help and support through this process.
Northwest Valley Baptist Church and Victory Baptist Church, you as our sending and home churches have gone above and beyond, discipling both of us. Thank you. We love you. And we love all our supporters and supporting churches. Without God using you, our ministry would be hindered. Thank you to each one for all you do.
We feel that our proverbial belaying rope is so tightly held by your prayers that we can descend into the darkest parts of the world with the light of the gospel. Please continue to pray for us. While this season of preparation is at its close, the season for serving the Church all over the world has only begun. What a privilege to be part of God’s kingdom work!
George’s Graduation Testimony: (Below is a transcript of George’s testimony from his virtual conferral service on May 9th.)
Joshua chapter 4 recounts the stacking of stones at Gilgal. The stones were to serve as a reminder to Israel that God did the impossible. Some milestones have been passed this month. And these moments will serve to remind me that God can do the impossible. I want to say thank you to my wife and daughter who have sacrificed so much to make this happen. Thank you to family and friends who invested and supported my training. Thank you to all my professors, chief of all Dr. David Shumate who has worked tirelessly to help me be prepared for God-glorying ministry. That is what IBCS is truly best at, training God-fearing leaders for God-glorifying ministry. To Dr. Nathan Mestler, I love you and thank you for your mentorship. My family and I will be heading to Kenya this October to disciple the lost and plant churches. To God be the glory for great things He hath done..