“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
In January I spent 10 days at World Venture Headquarters in Littleton, Colorado. During my first few days there I attended Pre-Departure training, which was filled with great information to help me prepare for this next chapter in my journey. The sessions covered topics such as integrity, mourning, transitions, as well as logistical issues of moving to another country.
During my time in Colorado I also attended Renewal Conference, which is held annually for all World Venture missionaries on home assignment. The goal of RC is to help us missionaries connect on a deeper level with God, each other and World Venture. The first few days were spent in corporate and personal prayer, along with times of worship. Later on in the week we heard from many of the World Venture leadership and missionaries, giving guidance and encouragement to each of us.
My time was blessed by all that I was learning and also by the friendships God placed in my life. I was blessed by getting to know three other single ladies who are each on their own journey to locations around the world, it’s so nice to have friends who are headed down the same road you are.
I also got to meet the lovely ladies in the picture above, each of them have been serving God in Senegal for many years. They were all so welcoming and encouraging to me and I can’t wait to join them in ministry!
God has used so many different things to speak into my life and lead me to become a missionary. For over a decade I have told God, “I will go. Send me.” Now the time has come, God is sending me out. If everything goes as planned the next newsletter you receive from me will be sent from Senegal! It’s such an amazing feeling to look back on my life and see the gentle ways God has been directing my life and to see his faithfulness in getting me to this point.
The question I have heard a lot recently is, “Do you have a departure date set?” The exciting answer is that I do have a tentative date set. It’s only tentative because I haven’t been given clearance to buy a ticket yet, but soon!
Another question I hear often is, “Are you getting excited?” I have such a mixed reaction to this. I am definitely excited for what God is doing in my life and I’m looking forward to seeing how he will use me in Senegal. But, I also struggle with being anxious about all the changes that await me. I know that moving to a new country won’t be easy and I don’t relish being away from my family and friends. I’m so thankful to be able to look back at my life and see how God has provided for me and my family, it helps me remember that he will continue to provide.
As I sit here writing to you it is 2 degrees outside, with big beautiful snowflakes gently falling and I am relishing the view. As much as this winter has been cold and long, I know when I’m in Africa I will miss looking out my window in the winter and see the snow falling. But I can’t wait to see what sights and sounds await me that I can share with you!
I truly covet your prayers over the coming weeks. There are so many goodbye I must say, all with differing degrees of difficultly. I know that God will see me through this step of following him, but I ask you to pray that those I leave behind with be reminded of the same thing!
One-time Expenses – 100%
Monthly Expenses – 90%
Thank you for your prayers,
This past week I have had the chance to make many new friends and see old ones. I have been at World Venture in Littleton, Colorado for my last missionary training and for Renewal Conference
Missionaries who are on home assignment with World Venture come to Renewal Conference to be informed and encouraged.
This was our first day of Pre-Departure training…the staff at headquarters helped us celebrate how far God has brought us in our journey. The sparkling cider was great and the joy expressed on our behalf brought tears to my eyes!
This is me and my new friend Hannia…she is also from MN and is headed to the Philippines to minister through Agricultural Community Development!
During our free weekend Hannia and I went for a hike at Red Rocks. The views were amazing, the weather was beautiful and the time for growing our friendship was priceless!
Each of these ladies has become such a blessing in my life! Spending time with other single ladies with a similar passion for God and missions has been so encouraging. (Clockwise: Soraya – Spain, Hannia – Philippines and Karen – Uganda)
After 44 years of ministry with World Venture Marilyn Escher, missionary to Senegal, retired! I was invited by the rest of the Senegal team to join them in a celebration dinner in her honor.
Each of these lovely ladies has been serving in Senegal for a number of years. I am so glad I got to meet them this week and I’m looking forward to learning about missions from them and serving together!!!
Hello friends and family!
Right now I am in Littleton, Colorado getting settled in for my last training with World Venture! You may remember reading in my December Newsletter that I needed to reach 60% by the end of December in order to go to Pre-Departure training in January (and if I missed that training the next one wasn’t until June). Well, as I have seen many times in the last 6 months God provided above and beyond what I needed. As of today I have partners for 78% of my monthly expenses!!!
I will be in Colorado until the 24th of January and I will be home and will begin the final stretch to the finish line. I am hoping to be ready to leave for Senegal in early March…but we shall see what God has planned! I have to have 100% of my expenses raised before I can leave, so please be in prayer. I know that if God wants me in Senegal in March he can make that happen and if he has a different timing planed, then it will be perfect!
Here is a picture of World Venture’s headquarters where my training is taking place. There will be 18 of us involved in this training, which is aimed at preparing us for the next few months ahead and transitioning to the mission field!
Thank you all for your prayers…I am so thankful to have so many Godly people in my life!!!