Greetings from our last stop before Nigeria!
These past few weeks have been hectic. We came back from Nigeria for a scheduled 2 month furlough in June – and we had to jump headlong into fundraising. It isn't our favourite activity, but when you find yourself £700 short in your ministry budget every month, you don't have much choice. You have to get on with it. Almost all missionaries around the world (no matter what ministry they are involved in or who they are sent with) don't get paid a salary and have to raise support. Anyway, we have chatted over coffee, dinner, coffee, lunch, and more coffee (which is okay, we LOVE coffee). We have shared and preached, laughed and cried, asked and prayed and prayed some more, then asked some more, then got miffed at God, not prayed then realized that telling God I'm miffed at him is in fact praying – and seen God continue his faithfulness regardless.
We haven't completely hit the target (so if you have been considering supporting us but not got round to it yet, drop us a quick line), but we are close enough, and there are enough things in place that we have been signed off to return to Nigeria. Yahoo!! So on Thursday this week, we will be winging our way back home to Nigeria. We are excited and delighted to be heading back and looking forward to the next 2 years in Jos.
It is not possible to properly express our gratitude to all the people and churches that are giving sacrificially so that we can serve God in Nigeria. We truly appreciate both your prayers and your pounds – we would honestly not be able to do what we do without you.
Before we first left for Nigeria 2 years ago, we started working on becoming part of our church denomination's mission structure. We are pleased to announce that as of this week, we are signed up as Elim missionaries working in partnership with Wycliffe. We'll still be involved in all the same things we were before, but with the extra bonus of being backed by our denomination.
Talk to you next on the other side!
All those people and churches who are part of supporting the work of Bible Translation
Being able to return to Nigeria all together on schedule
For a house to stay in for our last few days while we sort out and pack
That we are able to sort out all our packing and fit everything in!
That we will be able to find the remaining people to become part of our support team
Safe travel to Nigeria (plane to Abuja leaving 10pm Thurs evening, then car to Jos)