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Last month I shared that due to riots and visa issues we had to cancel my outreach to the middle east, which would have put me in two different Muslim-controlled countries this month. With that no longer being the case, April ended up turning into an administrative month for me. I have spent a lot of time working on various projects from personal fundraising to brainstorming and writing articles for a soon-coming discipleship website. With my broken finger, typing has been a major struggle, but once I was able to take the wrap off, things have seemed to be on a roll.
Now as we come into May, I am gearing up for our team outreach to Haiti next week. I am super excited to see all of my kids again, and to see the progress Erin has made in various building projects and beginning to teach the kids English. Mainly, though, I am excited to finally be back on the mission field. I love spending time at home with family and seeing my church, and catching up with other friends and supporters, but my heart is in the third world, and I am happy to be heading back. Though this will be a short trip, there will be plenty of new missions and adventures coming quickly behind it. I can’t wait to get moving again!
Another thing I would like to take a moment to share about is my work to make the Heart of God Podcast more beneficial for anyone with a heart for cross-cultural missions.
If you don’t know about our podcast, it comes out twice a month and it is a good way to get news and info about what is going on throughout the ministries of HGIM. It also normally has an encouraging message from the mission field or an interview with one of the many HGIM volunteer team members. Now, though, I am working to make it even more beneficial by adding new segments such as “lessons learned on mission” and I am lining up many more new interviews with HGIM leadership and others involved in global evangelism, as a way to offer thoughts and advice on getting involved in this great work God has called us to.
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As you may recall, just before last month’s update went out, I broke the little finger on my left hand. Well, this morning I went back for a follow-up appointment as it has been a month since the accident and a week since I have stopped taping the fingers together. The results are not what I hoped for, though they were what I expected.
As it turns out, I not only broke the little finger, but I also hyperextended the tendon (if not tore it) as well. As you can see in the photo, I don’t have full flexibility in that finger, and cannot fully extend it. The doctor said the only thing that can be done would be to have surgery to try and fix the issue, or else to just live with not having full use of that finger. As I cannot afford to even think about surgery at this point, I am resolved to just make it a matter of prayer, and seek God as my Healer. Perhaps He will do a miracle and heal my finger. So now I ask that you would also join me in prayer concerning this.
On a different not, this month has been a time for growth in leadership and discipline for me. Through a leadership conference held with my church, the reading of a couple of leadership books, and another leadership event I had the chance to attend this month with speaker and author, John C. Maxwell, I have determined to set some new goals and take on some new rhythms in my daily life to build habits and that I hope will drive my ministry and personal life both forward.
As everyone knows, it is easy to get caught up in doing too much of everything (or the wrong thing) and never getting anything worth while accomplished. I am hoping that by investing time into creating these new habits I will begin to do better in the areas I struggle to do well in and grow in time management and prioritizing things accordingly. I would love to share some of what I have been learning with you if you would like to know more. I am really hoping this will not only benefit my own life, but the Kingdom of God as well.
- Pray for me and the entire team heading to Haiti this month.
- Pray for my continual fundraising efforts (I’m at around 25%).
- Pray for swift healing in my broken finger’s tendons and joints.
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” -2 Thessalonians 1:11-12