News – September 2006
We have been so encouraged by you as we have shared our plans for next
year. There have also been a lot of
questions so we shall try and answer them all!
Who are you
We have been accepted by Action
International, which is an evangelical, nondenominational missionary-sending
agency. It works to reveal the Gospel
and love of Christ to neglected and abused children and their families through
practical ministries that specialize in reaching the urban poor. We went through their orientation programme
in April and had a great time meeting others planning to go abroad as well as
the staff up in Seattle.
Who is going to
policy is for each individual or family to raise their own
support. Please do not take this as us
asking you for money! Many of you have
asked if they can help in this way and so we have enclosed a pledge sheet, but
much more than that we covet your prayers and support – we have moved country
before and know how precious that is!
Why two years?
As you know, we
moved to California 6 years ago and now have ‘green
cards’. With special immigration
permits, we can leave the country for up to 2 years without loosing these and
so that is the time scale we are committing to.
Beyond that we will see what God has for us – back to California, staying in Zambia or….?
The team in Zambia is growing quickly and so orientation
for new missionaries takes place in February and September of each year. With existing family commitments & the
children’s school year, the summer looks like the better option although we are
open to going at the beginning of the year if everything falls into place by
What are you
doing to get ready?
practical details like sorting our immigration papers, getting up to scratch on
first aid and CPR, investigating schools and so forth. Graham is taking a trip to Lusaka in November to check up schools as well
as to see how things have moved on since we visited in 2004. We will also carry on being active in church
as some of the things we do now we will probably do in Zambia –such as leading
& attending Bible study and teaching Sunday School and Sarah is hoping to
do an ESL (for those in the UK read TEFL!)
course. We are also very fortunate to
have some Zambian friends living nearby so we are hoping we can get a bit of
language study in too!
While we were
back in the UK recently we were at our church, Wycliffe Baptist in Reading, and heard a great missionary message
from one of the pastors there. He told a
story of Jesus welcoming people into heaven and it wasn’t just the missionary
himself he welcomed or the first convert who shared his faith but all involved
– those who pray, the grandparents who didn’t get to see their grandchildren as
much as they would like, those who gave, those who trained, those who wrote
letters and emails of encouragement and the list could go on and on. Like the church itself, missions is not about
the individual but the body working together and we are especially blessed
having support on both sides of the Atlantic!
Our hope for all these plans is in God Himself and we know that He is in
control of all things:
“But blessed is
the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him” Jeremiah 17v7
Prayer requests: For
practical arrangements in the coming months
all the necessary financial provision
For Philip and Rachel
– that God will prepare them for next summer
As ever, with our love and thanks,
Philip & Rachel
14925 Sword Dancer Ct, Morgan Hill CA
email@example.com; tel +1 408 779 0418
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