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A Moment on Missions: Why Missions?

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The great WHY of Missions. Why is there Missions? Why does Missions exist? What is Missions all about? It is about GOD’S GREAT GLORY! It is about His Glory filling all the earth. John Piper said, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” Meaning there are places and people in the world, created in the image of…

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A Moment on Missions: What is Missions?

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Over the last few years we have seen a great need in the Church (not just local, but universal) for education in missions. It’s such a familiar term. It’s easy to throw around. Defining terms is essential in communication. What is missions? What are we talking about when we use this term? Why is it…

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Pioneers: Ethos of Grace

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We haven’t updated our blog in a long time. We have some big news to share and, also, what I hope will be some encouragement. After a hard 2017, January 2018 started out with this news: World Team France has closed the position you were going for; other field have been contacted; however, we have…

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Bethany in Paris 2010

France: The Unwavering Call

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The city of Nice was attacked last week on France’s independence day, Bastille day. It has now been confirmed as a terrorist attack by a radical Islamist. These events always reminds me of the day we went to the Post Office to get my and Ellie’s passports to go to France for our Vision Trip.…

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Anticipation!

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I was struck this week with a marvelous example of anticipation from my daughter, Ellie. When I am close to home, Mama(Bethany) tells her that Papa is coming and she runs to the window looking for “Papa red car!” to pull in the driveway. When I arrive and walk to the front door she is…

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The Philippians and the details of missionary partnerships

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Paul, the Philippians, and Missionary Partnerships. What’s the connection? In the following paragraphs I’ll explain the details of support raising for long-term missions from the example of Paul and share the details of our support raising. We like to refer to this process as “Partnership Development”, because those that come along side us – whether…

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May Update

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May Support Raising Update Hello Friends! I’ve been wanting to write an update on our mission and current status. We’ve have a lot going on this year. Joe began a new job at Percepta in Dearborn in January, which is a more technical and stressful position than most of his other past positions, and also…

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2015: Travels, Losses, and Celebrations!

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I never wanted a dull life. I think I have succeeded. We have had some great adventures in 2015 and lots more anticipated for 2016 and ’17. We have enjoyed all of Ellie’s stages of growth and development this year – from rolling over, crawling, walking, now to running and trying to talk. Her vocabulary…

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Vision Trip Prayer Requests

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All our bags are packed, and we are super excited about this trip! We are flying out tomorrow for our Vision Trip in France. We will spend 10 days visiting the teams there and seeking the Lord’s continued confirmation on our life. After years of believing He has called us to missions, this is another…

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