Happy New Year to you all. It seems like an appropriate time to provide an update, given that much has happened in a relatively short amount of time.
A quick recap:
In October, our family transitioned from the ABWE CeeMed (central/eastern Europe and Mediterranean) team to the ABWE Live Global team. This decision means that we are putting our original plans of moving to that region on the back burner. Instead, we can continue to raise support from the US while beginning certain key ministry opportunities more quickly. It also broadens our potential for impact to places that likely would not have been possible otherwise.
With those things now clarified, Brandi has begun the process of renewing her nursing license. In December she was able (after several weeks of refresher courses) to begin some clinical hours for a pediatrician for whom she had worked previously, filling in for other nurses who were out with Covid related illnesses.
Brandi will finish up clinical hours in January, and then likely work for the pediatrician on an “as needed” basis until she finds more permanent work. She is excited to begin again in the healthcare field, which will also provide her with outreach opportunities.
My first official assignment with Live Global begins in about 24 hours. I have been asked to teach a class (over Zoom) for an accredited Bible college/seminary in southern India. For nine weeks, three late nights a week (early morning for them), we will cover Romans and Galatians. There are 19 students, many of whom are preparing to help plant/lead churches among unreached people groups in India. Consider the following statistics for the country of India (according to Operation World).
-Out of a population of over 1.2 billion people, just over 2% are evangelical believers.
-India has over 2,500 distinct people groups, and 88% are considered unreached.
-There is, on average, one trained pastor for every six evangelical congregations.
How can you pray?
Pray for Brandi as she completes the clinical hours this month and begins to seek future employment as a nurse.
Pray for this spring class. Pray that I will be helpful to the students. Pray that they will be well-equipped for current and future ministry opportunities. Pray that whatever good I am able to pass along to them will be multiplied as they pass it on to others.
Pray that we will continue to raise our level of support.
Pray for me as I seek to phase out of my role as youth pastor at Grace Baptist in Chattanooga.
Thank you for interceding for us and for your many generous gifts and kind words.