August 2014 Newsletter

Ryan, his dad and brother-in-law at a birthday celebration this summer

Ryan, his dad and brother-in-law at a birthday celebration this summer

Flight BA218 left Denver on August 10th, carrying both of us on our way to South Africa! Through your generous donations we’ve met our financial goals to begin our work with TWR. We had a busy couple of weeks and now we’re finally getting to work here in Johannesburg.

We did our best to make short visits to our supporting churches for a quick “thank you” and “farewell.” We spent our last month in the US going through our belongings and eagerly waiting for our Visas to arrive. We had a lot of decisions to make about what to bring with us, what to sell and what to give to someone else.

During our round of farewells, we had the chance to visit Cross Bar X – the camp we volunteered at last summer. The camp director asked us to be the Bible teachers the first week. We had a blast and were grateful to be be able to visit our dear friends in Durango one more time.

Elyse at camp game time

Elyse at camp game time

Here in South Africa we’ll be living in what is called a “granny flat.” This is essentially a small apartment attached to a house. We’ll be living in the granny flat of a TWR owned house while another TWR couple stays in the main part. We’ll be about a 5 ½ mile drive from the office.

We’ll had a few days to get settled in, but after that we hit the ground running. Please  continue to pray for a smooth transition. We can’t wait to begin writing newsletters about our life and work in South Africa. Thanks for all your support!

Report on Emergence 2014

Ryan and Colleagues at Emergence 2014

Ryan and Colleagues at Emergence 2014

In our last newsletter I (Ryan) mentioned that I would be going to Germany to participate in the Emerging Media Leaders conference. Thanks for all your prayers. The conference went well. I learned a lot about the importance of developing my own character in the midst of a heavy workload. Even in ministry it’s easy to get focused on the task and forget about the importance of family and God. Please keep praying that God continually develops our character while in South Africa.

Thanks for taking the time to read.  Please check out the listener story we included with the letter this month: A Door to the Light.

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