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

Wow. What an amazing day one.

Wow. What a day. Try this one on for size:

Sunday morning we were talking to friends of ours after Sunday School about the Lord’s urging us to move forward on a vision trip, even though we couldn’t personally afford it. They are two years ahead of us on their journey to become missionaries and they are sympathetic (and amazing mentors) for where we are in our journey. Today, Karie had lunch with our friend. They had just received their tax return check and each year they tithe a portion to a special cause. She handed over an envelope. When Karie got home she opened it and it had a generous gift. Fast forward three hours to step one in getting our trip to come together: renewing our passports. We went to the Post Office, sent our paper work and wrote a check for the amount we needed to renew – the exact amount amount of the gift to the penny.

God is so good.

Can’t make that stuff up.

What will you show me tomorrow Lord?

Zane

Hello out there

I’ve created this blog as a way to update our friends, family and ministry partners on the progress of our family’s call to Africa.  Our next step is to travel to the continent on a vision trip which we are planning to take this summer.  Here we go…..