I don’t usually post prayer letters to my website. I reserve those for emailing to folks who have asked for them. While I won’t be posting the actual PDF on here, I will post most of the text of it. Our July – August prayer letter is below.
As those that receive our email updates and check our website will know, on Monday, August 18th, we received an answer concerning our paperwork to move to Denmark. We were denied on the grounds that our sending/sponsoring church is not in Denmark. You can imagine the sadness we felt. It was heart rending to go from the excitement and happiness of receiving an answer to the gut wrenching feeling of being denied. We have spent the ensuing days praying and researching what to do. We faced several options, one being to file an appeal and see if the appeals board will reverse the decision.
After much prayer and counsel we have chosen to file an appeal. From the information that I have gathered, once I file the appeal (Lord willing it’ll be next week) they will contact me within 30 days to let me know how long my appeal should take. It can take up to six months.
During this time we do not plan on being idle. I will be booking more meetings to report to supporting churches and to seek after new support. Also, if there are any churches that we can help out along the way through preaching, teaching, door knocking, etc we will be glad to do so. Please keep us in prayer about this.
I want to take this time to reiterate that we have not given up on preaching the Gospel to the Greenlanders. This move was not done because we want to quit missions or the ministry. It was not done because Greenland was too hard or harsh for us. One of the main reasons for this change was to get the help I needed with Danish, help that I could not get in Greenland.
Our heart’s desire is to see Greenlanders turn to Christ for salvation, turn to the Bible for discipleship, start indep. Baptist churches, and see the Greenlanders preaching the Gospel one day. Be they Greenlanders in Greenland, Denmark, or wherever they live. Things may not always go the way I want them, but I trust that all of this is in God’s hand and what is happening is according to His will.
On another note, all three of the kids got baptized last week. It was a blessing to see them follow the Lord in baptism. Elijah got saved back in 2011 during a revival at our sending church. Maryanna and Eryn both got saved on the same night at a meeting in Hot Springs, AR in March of this year. (^_^) Click on the pictures below to enlarge.
Thank you for taking time to pray for our family and please keep on doing so. God bless you all!
Eryn was barely visible, but she was there!
Maryanna is happy…and maybe a little nervous. (^_^)
My big boy, Eli, getting baptized.