Friday, August 8, 2008

A Long Day (But a Good One!)

Thursday was a killer. I went to bed well after midnight, had to get up at 6 a.m.(an early morning person I am not!), and didn’t get to bed again until after midnight. But this was worth it because we were scheduled to spend some time that day with our friends at Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) in Mississauga.

Kathy & I serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators, but we are also Strategic Associates with CBM through our Baptist church membership and the fact that our ministry reflects CBM’s strategic focus areas (outreach, discipleship, leadership development, and sustainable community development). Since coming home to Canada three years ago, the folks there have kept in touch with us and invited us to participate with them in a number of ways, from a family retreat to a partnership development presentation.

Yesterday, they invited us to give an updated presentation of our ministry during their morning chapel time, and prayed for us. We also got to touch base and discuss a number of relevant issues with a couple of folks over breakfast and lunch. We appreciated the insights and broader perspective of ministry that these people could share with us.

Later on in the afternoon, we dropped in to see a friend at the PAOC (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada) headquarters. While we were there, we got to meet the new General Superintendent (although we’re embarrassed to say that we didn’t realize who he was at the time!). However we had a pleasant chat together. He was particularly interested in the fact that we serve in Burkina Faso since his son had spent some time there too.

By this time, the late night, the early morning, and the good food began to take its toll. We found a parking lot, scooted back our seats, and had a short siesta. Getting back into the habit of taking a daily siesta is an important part of our preparation for returning to Burkina, don’t you think? :)

The reason we got home again so late was due to a very pleasant evening we spent with our friends and Wycliffe co-workers, Paul & Libby Hooper. They are the people God initially used to direct us into ministry with Wycliffe back in the late 80s, and who encouraged and helped us so much along the way. They have also been our direct supervisors over the past three years and we couldn’t have asked for better people to serve under.

Kathy’s still been researching airfares and the best workable deal she could find at this point is a flight for $2100 each. The good news is that we have funds available for the airfare once we reach 100% of our required funding and get permission to return to Burkina. And in the funding department, we’re glad to report that the remaining need has dropped from $1200/month a couple of weeks ago to only $920/month now. Thank God for these new partners! Please keep praying for just a few more...

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