We've just returned from a month long tour to the land of Sweet Tea and BBQ (South and Southeastern United States), and are excited to share what the Lord has been doing through EEMN! Here are just a few highlights of our trip...
Marietta, GA - CultureLink Training Seminar
We were honored to participate in a three day Culture Link training seminar. This is the curriculum that EEMN is currently using to train short term team leaders and members. This unique curriculum is designed to take emphasis off of simply performing the task at hand, and to understand that, at the core of all we do, we are disciples who are to GO and make disciples. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. As Larry so succinctly put it, "Task development is easy. People development is messy!"
Larry is a dynamic speaker whose love for missions is evident, and David and I look forward to implementing much of what we learned. In fact, we will be using a great deal of this training during our board retreat this coming fall, as well a during the training of our own teams to Albania, Slovakia and Bulgaria; which we will personally be leading this summer!
Greensville, SC - ECO Conference
Evangelical Covenant Order (ECO) is a new Presbyterian body born out of the Fellowship of Presbyterians movement (much like the Word Alone movement within the Lutheran church giving rise to LCMC and NALC). Since a world focus on discipleship is central to ECO, we felt called to participate in this exciting gathering, and are looking forward to growing the relationships that were made over the months and years to come.
Wilksboro, NC - EEMN North Carolina Event
A HUGE THANK YOU to Jim and Judy Campbell for hosting an EEMN Event introducing the work of EEMN to their friends and family!
Jim and Judy are former members of Faith Lutheran Church in Albuquerque (our home church) who recently moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and friends. After learning that we would be in their area, they hosted TWO events on our behalf. We enjoyed sharing what the Lord is doing through EEMN and pray that those whom we encountered might be moved to support EEMN through prayer, participation on one of our short term teams, and financial gifts.
Destin, FL is on the emerald coast and is truly beautiful - beaches the color and consistency of finely milled flour and emerald green water!
Although we did spend a total of 30 minutes walking barefoot on the beach and dipping our toes into the water, the majority of our time was spent with Mike Wind, Adult Education Missionary, planning our next steps in reaching and discipling adults living in Eastern Europe.
This partnership is a result of listening to the needs and wants of our ministry partners in each of the areas where EEMN currently serves. We are looking forward to developing this new branch of EEMN ministries, and to additional opportunities for expanding our already growing network of North American congregations and East European congregations. To God be the glory!
Doug and Mary are whom David and I aspire to be when we grow up! This amazing couple is approaching 90, and just moved to AL from FL where they are preaching the Gospel with passion and energy to the residents of the assisted living community where they live.
Doug is the primary author of the disciple making curriculum being used by Mike Wind, and both Doug and Mary have a particular heart for the people of Estonia. We know many of the same people, and this is how God used our connections to put us together. As Mary puts it, "God's people find God's people."
In fact, during our time with Doug and Mary, they felt moved to share "The Singing Revolution" with us. This is a documentary detailing how the people of Estonia began a peaceful revolution which ultimately resulted in their freedom from Soviet rule (we HIGHLY recommend it)! During the movie, Doug received a phone call, but because we were involved in the film, he let it go to voice mail. A few moments later, David received a phone call from the same number. Thinking it might be something important, Doug returned the call, only to connect with Timo, a young seminarian in Estonia, who was calling to share the news of his upcoming graduation with Doug and David. The catch is that Timo had no idea that we were in AL visiting Doug and Mary and watching a movie about the revolution in Estonia! God is amazing all of the time, but it is always a delight when he does something like this!
Brenham, TX - "Chance" preaching and teaching opportunity
Our final stop, on the way home, was to have been to Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, preaching church of Max Lucado. However, through one obstacle after another, David and I felt that perhaps it wasn't in God's perfect timing. This lead Angela to contact, Gary Crocker, amongst her favorite customers from her mortgage days. Gary lives in Brenham, TX which is located halfway between San Antonio and Houston, and is home to Blue Bell Ice Cream. The initial contact was to simply ask if we could worship with he and his family at their new LCMC/NALC church plant, Abiding Word.
BUT GOD, had another plan!
Martin Moore, pastor at Abiding Word, had been praying for a world missions focus for his church, when he was contacted by Gary about our visit. Feeling that it was an answer to prayer, Pr Moore asked David to deliver the message and had us speak during the Sunday School hour following the service. This precious congregation is truly committed to Kingdom work, and we believe that the Lord will continue to bless all of their outreach efforts; including those that might involve EEMN.
Albuquerque, NM - Home for awhile!
It's always good to come home. After putting over 5,000 miles on a rental car, and lacking our beloved green chile, we arrived back in Albuquerque on February 13th.
We are humbly asking for prayers for the following: