We apologise for the length of time it has taken for us to send out an update. We have just been able to get the Internet working in our home in the US. I will send more detail soon, but for those who have been following our furlough, here are some of the details. Praises:
1) We are living in Des Moines at a wonderful home provided by Grace Church. Thank you to the harvest team, our family and friends for all of the work in helping us to get settled.
2) Saylorville Baptist Church has provided a van for our travel. We have the church van and are currently waiting on the vote from the church to purchase a mini-van.
3) We have had three great experiences at churches. Two of them were supporting churches and it was great getting to re-connected with them. We will be on the road to Louisburg, KS this weekend.
4) Great time at ABWE Missionary Enrichment Conference. I had the opportunity to share the CBF ministry with all of the attendees at one of the events. Thanks to Kent Craig, George Collins, Amy Wheaton and Dr. Loftis for the experience.
5) The calendar is filling up quickly with small groups, youth groups, friends, family and our supporting churches. We are still available for some groups and churches during the week, but time is going quickly. Thanks to all who have asked us to come.
Key pray requests: -Safety in travels during the furlough
-Opportunities to share the good news of Christ in the US
-$220 monthly increase for support
-4 laptop computers & 2 desk top computers for city ministry; 1 laptop & 1 desktop for family needs
-Direction and funding with church plant in Sydney
- One family or two individuals who would be willing to come and serve in Australia
-Funds for furlough and seed funds for ministry needs in Australia
-Funds for Ministry vehicle in Sydney for next term
That is it for now, but there will be more to come. Thank you for your prayers and support.
The adventure continues... Russ, Cathy, Rebecca, Hope , Joshua & Caroline