December 2015 Update

This month we have seen God answer our previous prayer requests, and we are very thankful. November was an encouraging month when we were able to share this ministry at Reformed Baptist Church in Kalamazoo and at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. God has also continued to bring additional families and church partnerships to us. We are so grateful! We are currently at 87% of our monthly support need. Will you pray with us that God will continue to work in His people to join the prayer and financial support team for this ministry? If you have a group of people (or just your family) who would like to learn more, please let us know. If you are considering partnership with us, will you ask God to clearly show you how you could be involved? Thank you!

Our one-time outgoing fund is about 60% funded. This is a fund that will pay for one-time costs such as language school, travel to Indonesia, a vehicle for our family, and enough funds to set up life in Indonesia. We appreciate your consideration regarding partnering with us on an annual or one-time basis as well. As we approach the end of the year, please know that contributions to TEAM are tax-deductible!

We are closing on the sale of our house on January 11th. Please pray with us that God will make it clear where we should live in the time span of four weeks between the house sale and our training at MTI in Colorado for the month of February.
In late January our plan is to complete and mail the extensive paperwork required to apply for student VISAS to Indonesia. This will require our monthly support to be at 100%. Please pray with us toward that end.
We look forward to the work God is calling us to at the Well of Joy Community Center. We look forward to the next several months as God continues to grow our faith, encourage us through His people, and use us as an encouragement to others. We are grateful for your continued prayer!

Romans 10:14-15a
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?

November 2015 Update

Thank you for your interest in God’s work in Indonesia. Thank you for your continued prayer on behalf of our family and the people of Indonesia. God continues to provide encouragement and support as we walk this road of raising support. God has answered our prayers for increased prayer and financial support. We now have over 340 individuals that are receiving regular prayer updates from us.

In the next few months our family must begin to make some major logistical decisions – moving out of our home, ending employment, applying for visas, etc. but these are dependent on the financial support team being finalized. If you are considering being used as a financial partner, we ask that you please let us know by Thanksgiving, if possible. A friend wrote a gracious and helpful blog article on what it means to be a part of a sending team for missionaries. We hope you are all encouraged to get involved in worldwide missions in some way!

This past month we participated in two different missions conferences. We also participated in a full week of training with our sending agency TEAM in Wheaton, Illinois. We are praising God for the many families we have met that have a genuine interest and desire to see God’s name known all over the earth. Our monthly support is now up to 73%! We are so thankful to have met so many wonderful people over the last month.

Please pray with us for the remaining 27% in regular on-going support and for the following items:

  • On Sunday, November 8 will be presenting the ministry at Reformed Baptist Church here in Kalamazoo.
  • On Monday, November 23 we will be presenting to a committee at Calvary Church in Grand Rapids.

We are praying that we will be clear communicators of what God has called us to, that the Body of Christ will be encouraged to hear of His work, and that new partnerships will be made.

​As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please ask. If you are interested in hearing more of the story, please contact us.

Our kids and our teammate's kids at our recent training
Our kids and our teammate’s kids at our recent training

October 2015 Update

We are humbled and grateful for how God has worked through people to bless our family during the month of September. We are seeing God work in the people around us to form the team that will reach Manokwari, Indonesia with the gospel. We are energized to be serving God daily in the work he has for us now, while at the same time excited for the work at the Well of Joy Community Center He has called us to. Thank for you lifting our family up in prayer and for praying for His Name to be known among the people of Manokwari!

We had requested prayer that God would increase our support by 10% this past month. We saw a known increase of 8% this past month with several other families indicating they will financially partner but not indicating amounts. Our God knows what we need more than we do! This is not simply a numbers game. God is encouraging us each week with multiple interactions – so thank you for your prayers! We are currently at 66% of monthly required support. 
This next month God has given us a full schedule as seen below.  Please pray for clear presentations to be given and the body of Christ to be encouraged as we share what God has called us to in Indonesia. Please pray for new partners to join the financial and prayer support team. 

Oct 3-11 – Missions Conference at Marimont Community Church (we will be home 2 days during this time so Zac can stay caught up on work at MPI Research)

Oct 11 – Presentation during the evening service at our original home church – Berean Baptist Church
Oct 12-16 Pre Departure Orientation with TEAM in Carol Stream, IL
Oct 18-21 Missions Conference at Mayfair Bible Church
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please ask. If you are interested in hearing more of the story, please contact us. If you are interested in joining the team as a financial partner, please use the GIVE link above.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”
Ephesians 3:20
 

Seeking the Fountain of Living Waters,

Zac and Leigh

Grace, Bryce, Reece, and Jayce

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September 2015 Update

Our family is very grateful for the prayers and care offered as we head towards life in Indonesia as missionaries at the Well of Joy Community Center. The month of August was encouraging, and we feel blessed by all God has done for us. Thank you for your continued prayers!
 
We began the month sharing the ministry with Northbridge Church and Springview Community Church. Throughout the month we enjoyed meals with seven different families in order to share the work that God is calling us to. We also were able to experience one last week of family vacation at Gull Lake Ministries. This annual vacation is the location where we first felt our call to missions work in Indonesia (back in 2014).
IMG_2168 Our Family (along with the Webber Family) Enjoying the Week at Gull Lake Ministries
We had requested prayer previously that we could be at 60% support by the end of the summer in order to attend Pre-Departure Orientation with our mission agency (TEAM) in October. We are praising God that those prayers have been answered with a YES, and we will be attending orientation in October!!  Thank you for your prayers!
 
We are continuing to ask for prayer that God will lead us to the team of people that He intends to use for both financial and prayer support for this work. We have added several people this past month to our prayer and financial support team, and we are thankful! We are boldly asking God for another 10% of our required support by the end of September. Will you pray with us?
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Our teammates Jake and Sara Tibbe are at 68% of support and will be attending orientation training in October along with us. We are thankful God is providing our support together at this point!
 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please ask! If you are interested in hearing more of the story, please contact us! If you are interested in joining the team as a financial partner, please use the tab called “GIVE” at the top.
 
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”
Ephesians 3:20