The fireworks on the Fourth were in celebration of our nationâ€™s independence, but the smiles on our faces and the general frivolity that you can see in the photos above are in response to a different stimulusâ€”weâ€™ve received final clearance to return to Mexico!
Thatâ€™s right, on July 7th, we received word of reaching our monthly commitment goal, and on July 8th, one year and one day from our arrival in the States, we received our email from Assemblies of God World Missions stating: â€œWe are very pleased to notify you of your final clearanceâ€¦ You are to be commended for your faithful diligence and persistence. Praise God for His provision!â€
Indeed, we praise God for His provision, and we thank all of you who have helped to make this moment possible. Each of you is appreciated, because we know that without you, none of what we do would be possible.
We now set our sights on Mexico and our upcoming four-year term. Weâ€™re excited to collaborate with the Lord and the Mexican Assemblies of God to realize the vision of the YucatÃ¡n peninsula full of churches, diverse in class, status, education, and language, but united in their love for the Lord and one another. We’re committed to a mission of inspiring pastors and christian workers to see the need all around them, equipping them with the spiritual and practical tools that they need to reach their communities, and partnering with these individuals throughout the process, implementing with intentionality the plan that the Lord gives us for each community that we reach, town by town, municipality by municipality and state by state, until the vision becomes a reality.
Weâ€™re especially excited about the partnerships that weâ€™ve cultivated with Teen Challenge, Sustain Hope, Network 211, and now AGCHE, ministries that are helping us implement holistic methods to preach and model the whole Gospel, methods weâ€™re sure to utilize.
For now, though, the transition begins in earnest. Weâ€™re already out of the house that we had called our home for the past year as we prepare our bags for the flight to MÃ©rida on August 4th. Another task on the list is selling our vehicles.
As we close, weâ€™d like to ask for your continued prayers and support, both in this transitional time and in the term that awaits us. Your perseverance in this area is crucial to keeping us on the field and effective for the next four years and beyond!