We continue to meet with potential supporters. As the weeks go by, we’re getting better at explaining our vision and what God has done for us so far.
Some wonderful developments:
1. We had a terrific visit to Christ the King Anglican Church in Dayton (Fr. Wayne McNamara, Rector). The saints in this parish showed us wonderful hospitality, hosting us for lunch. Sora had a very busy week of births in Cincinnati (80+ hours attending three different births), and didn’t get home until midnight on Saturday before our trip to Dayton. We brought Ezekiel and Naomi and worked, not too frantically, on our 25 minute presentation during the car trip. It wasn’t as polished as it could have been, but that might have been a good thing. Technical difficulties with our computer-projector slideshow were also overcome, thanks to a WiFi connection, DropBox, and my iPad, which communicated with the projector when Sora’s computer wouldn’t.
(Above: the corner entrance of Christ the King, from the parish webpage. The building is architecturally beautiful inside as well.)
We are very thankful to those in Dayton who gave gifts and pledges of support! We’re at 13.5% of our needed monthly amount, and we haven’t even sent out a letter yet. This is by word of mouth and personal contact with a few families so far.
2. Our friends Keith and Erica came to our house for dinner tonight, and we were greatly blessed by our conversation with them. Keith is a graphic designer, and will be helping us come up with a unified look for our email, web, and snail-mailed communications to supporters and to the wider world. Erica is a doula who has both worked with Sora as a birth attendant, and has had Sora as a midwife at the birth of her youngest son. She is also blessed with the ability to encourage others. It is a beautiful thing when others are excited about this ministry, and offer to help us with their talents!
3. We have booked a date to go back to Ithaca, NY, where I (Matt) was a grad student from 1997-2003. There we have a kind invitation from Pastor Jones and the elders of Covenant Community Reformed Church of Ithaca. It will be great to see them all again.
We’ve also contacted a few other churches we’d like to speak at. Pray that the Lord will continue to open doors for us to find senders to partner with.
4. On Sunday, we’ll be hosting a lunch for the members of our “Go-Team.” Ezekiel asked, “What’s a Go-Team?” I replied, “It’s the pit crew that refuels and repairs your Go-cart when you’re racing.” But seriously, it’s a core of committed supporters who will help us get to the mission field and keep in touch with us when we’re there. We’ll be going through the book Serving as Senders with them over our first few meetings.
5. Please pray for our continued efforts at raising support and finding out whom God is calling into this ministry as senders. We trust that as He has called us, so He will call others, since “how can they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:15) We just have to be faithful, work hard at our part, and be content with God’s timing.