Monday, March 21, 2011

Details, Details, Details

As the months fly by, we just wanted to give you an update on specific needs regarding our move to Portugal.  We are currently in the process of applying for visa's for each member of our family.  This includes getting new passports for Cora and eventually the new baby.  This is something very specific you can be in prayer for, that we will receive visa's as quickly as possible.

We are asking the Lord for the opportunity to move to Portugal by September of this year, just six months away!  We have targeted between $1500 and $2000 per month to be raised.  With the employment we are confident I can obtain, we feel that this is a good goal to set.  We also need to raise "start-up" funds for specific things like plane tickets, an apartment deposit, furniture, and the cost of new passports and visas.

We thank the Lord that He has brought in some initial support.  It is a true joy to sit back and watch Him put the pieces together as only He can.  Would you prayerfully consider joining us now in prayer and financial support?

Please write check out to BILD International, include "Darling Family" in the memo line, and send to:
BILD International
2400 Oakwood Rd
Ames, IA 50014-8417

*Please indicate with a note if gift is either monthly or one-time

Thank you so much for your love and support!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pastor Antonio in Mozambique

At the moment, Pastor Antonio is in Mozambique, and I wanted to share with you some details concerning his ministry in that country.

A few posts back I shared with you what BILD International provides for church leaders around the world.  BILD has developed a curriculum that is based completely from Scripture that is used to train up new leaders right inside the local church.  As the Gospel spreads rapidly in many parts of the world, this is a tremendous tool available to pastors who do not have the resources to send new leaders away to seminary.  With this curriculum, pastors can keep their leaders to train and "learn on the job," and then be able to send them to a new church plant.

A few years ago Pastor Antonio began to translate this curriculum into the Portuguese language, and it is used to train leaders in the church in Porto.  The Lord also began placing in his heart how this tool could be mightily used in other Portuguese-speaking countries such as Mozambique.  So for the past few years he has been traveling there to meet with pastors and instruct them on how to use this tool to train leaders within their churches.  The Gospel is wonderfully spreading in this country, and we are in constant prayer that the Lord will use this curriculum to supply leaders for new church plants all over that land!

This is one part of the ministry of the church in Porto that Lord-willing we will be involved in.  I truly have a love for the Portuguese people, and it would be an awesome joy if the Lord allowed us to be a part of the growth of the Gospel in the Portuguese-speaking world.

Please be in prayer for our family as our third child should be arriving anytime now!  Pray for strength for Caryne, and that the delivery process would be the easiest one yet for her.

We continue to target September of this year to move to Portugal permanently.  If you would like to join with us financially, the information you need is below.  Thank you for your love and prayers!

Make the check out to BILD International, and send to:
BILD International
2400 Oakwood Rd
Ames, IA 50014-8417

Please write "Darling Family" on the memo line of your check.