Friday, September 3, 2010

My First Mission Email: Written & Sent On July 6, 2010

Friends and Loved ones,
Thanks so much for you love and support as I continue this journey to Chile to launch Fuego Urbano ministries and church with Jose & Gislaine Eyzaguirre! We are so grateful for your prayers and financial support, and ask that you would continue to support us in both these ways going forwards, as there will be great challenges ahead, both spiritual and economic. 

I thought it would be good to take all of you along with me on this journey from the beginning of my communication regarding long-term missions in Latin America, so you all can see the journey and path I've been walking down the past few months.

In order to do this, I have Copied below the first email I sent on July 6, 2010 where I asked people to pray for my decisions and future. What an amazing ride it has been so far...please read below and come along with me!!

"Dear Friends & Family,

I forget who I've communicated to about this and who I have not, so I thought it would be good to send out an email to let everyone know what's happening in my life and some of the big changes on the horizon.

As many of you who know me well are aware, I've always loved Latin America (having already lived there for 2.5 years) and the Spanish language, and for the past 5 years while going through seminary, I've known that after graduating from seminary I might return long-term to do missions and ministry in Latin America. In short, that time has come.

After much prayer and consideration, I realize that God is guiding my future to return long-term to Latin America to do missions/ministry. I'm not sure how long I will be there but I am approaching it with 10 years being a minimum and no real ending time in sight, so this is a major life-changing decision and process. To put it concisely, there are 2 main opportunities I'm still trying to discern between: one in Costa Rica and the other in Chile, but as of now I have not discerned which option I'll pursue. I leave this Friday July 9-19 for Chile to go scout things out more personally and then I'll be able to decide, so that by the end of July at the very latest, I'll know where I will go. Then sometime around September I will be stepping down from my position as College Pastor at CPC in order to move to Latin America wherever it is God leads me. I have already spoken with CPC (the church I work for) so they are aware and very supportive of my decisions.

I'll have more info to come and let you all know when I do, but I'd really appreciate your prayers over the next 2-3 weeks as I'm in Chile investigating the doors that have opened to me there and while I'm praying and asking God to show me His will in all of this.

Thanks for being the kind of people in my life that I turn to to share these kinds of things, and please pray that God would make it clear to me which option He wills for me.

I'll let you all know more as I learn and discover more myself. I love you all,

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