Please pray for John

Pray for a man I witnessed to today, John.  He was a homeless person sitting outside a convenience store that the Lord would not let me pass by.  The Scripture he laid on my heart to pass along was 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) – “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  I shared it with him, as well as some other Scripture in a “Share Jesus without Fear” process, having him read from the New Testament I carry for just such an opportunity.  His heart was very hard.  His father was an Episcopalian minister.  He’s had access to God Word, but it hasn’t transformed his life to this point.  I learned he was 42, but seemed much older.  Pray today’s seed will later produce fruit.  Your prayers are appreciated.

Zane

The formal process begins and intensifies!

So, it’s been a while since I got the website up, but we’re at the point where things are happening and regular updating will make sense.

We have begun the application process with a mission board, Biblical Ministries Worldwide.  www.biblicalministries.org.  This was a long process of prayer and research, but Karie and I feel confident that this should be our partnership to get us to the field.  We are especially excited about how they stress, from a biblical foundation, supporting our sending church Grace Baptist as vital to the process.

We are 90% sure of the Lord’s calling to join the Garden Route team in South Africa.  We are leaving a sliver of the door open in case the Lord gives us a Macedonian call this July at candidate orientation.  That is the point of demarcation, however, and a final call for any other direction.

Pending approval with BMW in mid-July, we will begin the process of raising support with ministry partners, both churches and families.  It’s a humbling process, but we’re excited to engage in it.  It’s a blessing to be able to communicate what the Lord is doing in our lives.

Please pray for us as we make decisions concerning schooling for our children next year, practical things like what to sell, what to keep and maybe most importantly, when to sell (like our house).  Please also pray for our families as they wrestle with our going.  We’re sensitive that this is sometimes hard on them.  Even pray to clear any doubts the five of us sometimes have!

Our friends, the Cooks (http://cook.aimsites.org/), leaving soon to be missionaries to Kenya, have a great way of keeping ministry partners regularly informed on their website: 10 on the 10th.  It’s simply a list of 10 things the Lord is doing, posted every month on the 10th.  I will try to faithfully update in that way as well.

To God, be the Glory, always.

Zane