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September 2012 Prayer Update

God has been on the move. He has opened doors and made connections for missions that I never would have dreamed possible. It seems that right now Small World Connections is more fully stepping into the ministry that we had envisioned when we first started five years ago. For our prayer and praise this month I would like to ask you to pray for just two things:


First – Our financial support – it is strange that as things have hit their stride, April and I find that we are still not fully supported as missionaries. There are a few supporters who have had to drop off for various reasons and we completely understand that situations in life change. However, with those reductions in support and the standing need to raise the rest of our financial support we find that we are now at only about 50% of what we need to continue. This of course is something that we need prayer for and if you or anyone else that you know would be interested in getting behind our ministry, please let us know so that we can follow up.


I think that many people see the success of Helping Hands Re-sale and assume that we no longer need support. The fact is that Helping Hands has the potential to generate needed funds for our many ministries and teams at this point, but we would like to keep all or most of those funds going directly toward ministry expenses (like team leaders and trips) besides our family financial needs. So the short story is that, even though we are giving out healthy amounts of money to many ministries both locally and internationally through Helping Hands, we (April and I) do not have a full support team in place for us as a family to continue in full time ministry.


Second – Please pray for our planned and proposed mission teams that are forming and beginning to form. It seems that without even realizing it our number of potential teams has doubled. I sat down yesterday to write out all of the potential trips and teams that I am discussing with folks who are serious about serving missions with their gifts and talents, and before I was done with the list I had over 11 trips being organized and a few others that are just starting the discussion stage. Here is a summary of those trips – with dates where we have them. Please lift these potential teams up in prayer even as some are being formed.


Sept 21 – Oct 6 – India Teaching Team

November 6-12 – Cambodia Vision Team

Dec/Jan – Mexico Construction Team

January – India Outreach

Mid Winter – Hong Kong Vision and Service Team

March – Mexico Evangelism Team (College Students)

Summer – Ukraine English Team

Summer – Uganda Orphan Ministry Team

Summer – Philippines Outreach with Youth Group

Summer – Indonesia Music Ministry Team

August – Uganda Medical and Sports Ministry


Thanks again for all of your prayer and support! God has used you in our ministry and we do appreciate all He does through you.

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