I (Jay) can’t believe it’s October. It hadn’t really sunk in that Christmas is right around the corner until Henry grabbed my attention while we were walking through Lowe’s the other day. “Look Daddy!” On the top shelf, there were giant inflatables that you see in people’s yards for decorations. His favorite was the Elf one, a six or seven foot image of Will Ferrell. I love Elf, but I’ll pass on putting Will Ferrell in my front yard. Probably forever.
We’ve been running at a pretty fast pace around here since May. The house renovation, Brooke’s job, personal support raising, and now building renovations and fundraising for the church haven’t allowed us to really slow down at all and catch our breath. Thankfully, we will be taking some time off next week. Brooke’s parents recently purchased a condo in the Destin area and they are graciously allowing us to stay there.
As often as you think of us, pray that we would get real rest while we are away and that we don’t waste this opportunity. Not just physical rest, but mental and spiritual rest as well. The more we go, go, go, the more I am tempted to not take breaks and be reminded that I am not in control, God is. Pride says, “I can’t rest because if I did, then ________ would never get done.” And if that doesn’t get done, the world will fall apart. Right? Too often, I buy that lie.
Because so many other things have been going on, we haven’t been able to fully devote ourselves to finish our personal support raising (through the end of 2018). When it comes to money, I tend to be skeptical and desire full honesty and communication from other individuals or organizations. So because I am like that, I am guessing some of you are that way as well! That being said, let me update you on where we are at and what's been committed to us so far…
The Elders of Providence Road communicated to us that we could raise $5,000/month towards my salary, insurance, etc. Because we are submitting ourselves to their leadership, I’m thankful that they set this number and that isn’t something that Brooke and I make up. Part of this $5,000 is the $800/month that they give to us out of the Prov Road budget. So technically, Brooke and I are actually raising $4,200/month. To date, we have a total of $4,480 of the $5,000 committed. Because much of what we receive is in one-time gifts, the total number comes out to $80,650 of the needed $90,000, or just under 90%.
As you can see, we are so close to being fully funded again from July of 2017 through December of 2018. Praise God for the way he provides for his children! Occasionally I get anxious about how or where our provisions will come from, but as I type this out I am again blown away at how God uses his people to provide for our needs.
I know that the only way our needs are met is to make them known. As you consider potential year-end gifts and ministries to support, we ask that you consider us. And even if you have no money at all to give, pray that God would put people in our lives that want to give, joyfully, to support our ministry here in Norman.
As always, we are so thankful for you. If you’re reading this, that means that you are interested in what we are doing here and more than likely, you deeply love and care for us. We thank God for you because your love for him, the Church, and for us is evident in the way you give, in the way you pray, and in the way you minister to us through encouraging words. We love you guys, more than you know.