Well, this is it. The last few weeks of 2011 are quickly dwindling to an end. I do hope it has been a great year for each and every one of you. And now, as this year draws to a close, so does the current chapter of my life.
As I write this, I am in my final two weeks of working as a truck driver in the oil fields. I will leave work on the morning of Christmas Eve and won’t look back. By mid-January I will make the move to Haiti for the first half of 2012.
For the last few years I have also had the joy, honor, and privilege of serving as the Associate Pastor of Grace Baptist Church – now Redemption Church – in Odessa, TX. I would like to take this opportunity to say to everyone who has been a part of the church in that time that you hold a special place in my heart and, now, as you send me out as your missionary, I am grateful to know that I am backed by people who love me and pray for me regularly. Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this thing, and I look forward to seeing what God does with you in the next few years.
Although not much has changed with me since last month, I just wanted to mention a couple of relevant things in this update.
MY UPCOMING TRIP TO HAITI
Due to some extenuating circumstances, David Young, Director of HG-Haiti, and his small team who were planning to go down and do some prep work for my arrival were unable to make the trip. This does not change the plan for me to go, but it does change the level of preparedness I will have upon arrival since there has been no opportunity for a member of the HG-Haiti team to visit the orphanage since it’s move from Port-au-Prince.
On the financial side of things, I’d say I am still in the “it’s gonna be tight” category in my fundraising for this venture. If you would like to support my ministry, as always you can make your tax-deductible donation here.
Specifically what I am looking for by the end this month is 20 people would would decide to set up a monthly recurring $5 donation during my time in Haiti. This would give an additional $100 a month to my current support, and would move me to the “right where I need to be” category for this trip. Would you consider being one of these people? If you want more information on how to set up your donation or how my fundraising works, you can contact me with your questions.
WORLD OUTREACH TO LONDON
I just want to offer a quick reminder that if you are interested in becoming a part of our evangelistic team going to London, England and Cardiff, Wales while the Olympics are going on there, you still have a few more days before the December 15 deadline to receive the $100 discounted rate. You can get more information or download the application here.
I am also currently in the process of writing and working with a graphic designer to put together the printed materials we will be using during this and future evangelistic outreaches. These materials will give a basic gospel presentation, then point them to a website where they can find more information about becoming a Christian and what it means to live as a disciple of Christ. In an attempt to keep our team members’ fees for this trip down, we are seeking to find outside donors who will help provide for the printing of these materials.
If your church, sunday school class, or bible study group would like to help cover the costs of these materials, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can give you more information.
NOW SCHEDULING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
Is your church or organization looking for a guest speaker for a revival, missions conference, or other special event? Are you looking for an international missionary to partner with through prayer and financial support? If so, I’d like to think that I’m your guy.
To be sure, one of the hardest parts of entering full-time missions is the need to fundraise all of my own living and ministry expenses, but the positive side of that process is that it allows me the opportunity to travel and meet many churches and other groups of believers who share a common passion for spreading the gospel across the earth.
If you would have me, I would love the opportunity to come to your church or organization and present my ministry as a potential partner to your own international outreach efforts. I would also love for you to consider me if you are simply looking for an evangelist to speak at an upcoming event. I am currently looking to schedule speaking engagements for the second half of 2012 and I am ready to at talk to you about the possibility of our partnering together in Kingdom-building efforts.
I want to thank you all so much for your continued prayer, support, and words of encouragement and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas this year.
As always you can contact me with any questions or for more information about what is going on with my ministry at email@example.com or 1-888-91Psalm ext. 1.