I am sitting in my bed typing this up with sore arms trying to figure out where to even begin. Sara and I had physicals and shots yesterday so it feels like someone has punched me in the arm repeatedly. We have much to report so lets dive in.
So I had someone bless us beyond belief two weeks ago. We were given a bible written in the Karamojong language! It was a surprise and I was told by this person they wanted to do anything they could to help us do the job God put before us. Let me say this to, there is something amazing about holding Scripture in a language only spoken in one small part of the world. Its beautiful. My hope and prayer is that it is used and eventually maybe passed on to a disciple believer.
Last week we traveled to Peachtree City, Georgia for connect week. Connect week is a required week of missions training AIM sends its missionaries too. Full termers will come and find out if they have been approved and see where God is possibly sending them. Short termers already know where they are going at this point. Aim holds it just a few times a year. There are families from all over the country who attend and get loved on. There are usually missionaries who are home temporarily and some mobilizers present as well as staff.
They keep you busy! You arrive in the morning at 8 and go until around 7:15pm. The day is broken up in to classes. Most are together and some are broken up for full and short termers. There is worship, classes to get to know AIM, to know Africa(as much as you can in general), classes to know about safety, and knowing God better. You hear testimonies of everyone who is attending at lunch and dinner. Oh man the food that is served is OUTSTANDING. You also get new family. I am serious when I say this, you make new family while there. The kids, who spend the week in class learning very similar things as the adults, make new family as well. I have brothers and sisters whom I miss and feel privileged to have met and shared bread with. Most will be leaving for Africa when we are getting ready to come home. Liam was in tears the night before we left because he was going to miss his friends so much (I see you leaving and grieving). Needless to say the week has become a great memory for us and will be something that we look back on and see that God used it to really prepare us for the big task.
We have gotten our official budget! There are two parts to it. As we have mentioned we are required to raise support to send us and provide for us while we are there. Its much more than a donation, it’s a partnership. It’s God giving you an opportunity to impact the Karamojong for Jesus Christ. We are scheduled to leave the US on August 23rd. Our budget includes airfare, housing, internet, language, food, water, immigration, hospitality gifts, ministry funds, and insurance. First based on advice from our team leaders in Uganda we are raising our support in two separate ways, our aim budget and our vehicle budget. Our AIM budget is $42,981. Our vehicle budget is $12 to 15,000. So why are these not combined and how do you give to each? Our AIM budget is given directly to AIM, either by the support us link or by sending a check directly to AIM(made out to AIM with a note included saying it is for us). This is tax-deductible. Our vehicle budget is given directly to us(you can email/msg us(firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)). This is not tax-deductible. When we go to leave Africa we will sell our vehicle to someone else, vehicles don’t lose much value there so we should make what we bought it for, and that money will stay with us and be used to live off of for a short bit till we figure out what God intends for us back in the states. So really its a double gift for us and will give us time to find work, where we are going to live, etc. Which do you give to? Pray and ask God. We have to have both to live and work in Africa. We currently have raised about 25% of our 42,981. We have $100 towards our vehicle. Please prayerfully consider supporting us and if you have questions, would like to get together and meet or want to look over our budget just email us and we can set something up.
- That will raise our full support, AIM and Vehicle ($57,981 total)
- For God to continue being glorified in this process
- For our families to be able to process us leaving
- For us not to feel overwhelmed in all this
- To settle all affairs on the non mission front
- For our team in Kotido, specifically language learning in the heat.
- For my youth group in my absence and for us to find someone great to take over.
- For our church
3 John 1:5-8
5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, 6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.