Well it’s been roughly three months since we have returned from the epic and lifechanging mission trip that we were last on, and already the Lord is opening doors for us to go to Cuba again. Coming home hasn’t been easy, the transition from full time missions to full time work, friends, family and church has been a challenge. Joanna’s stress level has gone from 2 to 9 (from 1-10), and both of us have been running on fumes.
Going to Cuba in March was out of the question this time because of financial responsibilities and the factthat we are both so busy and stressed; but I really felt like Joanna was supposed to go, and I really wanted to go. The church needed translators, but were unable to “help” financially, and we are strapped. Just this last week, we found out that the church would help her out a little, and that was all we needed! After a good tax appointment, and the small discount the church would give, we decided to cough up the money to send her.
On top of that, one of the members of the team heading down there the second week got sick! He has been planning to go for months, and it is (to me) a very sad situation. But to him, he feels that he is in the Lord’s will and that God is doing something with this. So he will be paying for me to go as well!!!
Can you believe that?! We are both returning to the Island that we love to serve a people we love, and God is opening the doors to do that! If anyone is reading this, please pray for us! You can pray in the following ways:
- Fruit in the ministry
- God will raise up more translators
- Financial peace and blessing
- Saftey as we travel
- Both of our jobs would be protected and favored
- Increase of vision in our lives
- Power to do the work of the gospel
- Manifestations of the Spirit of God
- Smooth translation for our translators
- Grace and favor in our travel
We are so excited, and we both believe that living a life of ‘mission’ is simply part of who Christians ought to be. Going to Cuba is only one side of the exciting story! We are also going deeper in ministry here in San Diego, and look forward to starting a bible club at one of the schools near our church in Mission Valley, as well as planning outreaches in the next year that will center int he allied gardens and city heights areas.
We have plans to return once again to this beautiful Island in August to participate in their annual youth camps (hopefully with John Hoffman and a small team from the Grove), Joanna was invited to go back to preach at their women’s camps in September, and I was invited to go to Kenya to help lead and serve in a huge outreach to the Youth with Foothills Church. This is an exciting year of missions, serving the Lord, and partnering with Jesus to build his church!
This is an exciting season of our lives and I would ask that you would pray for us as we move into it!