Happy Tuesday!

It’s our sweet Hudson’s birthday week! He will be one on Saturday (the 25th) and we are excited to celebrate him all week long.

But let’s be honest – a child’s first birthday is more a celebration of the parents surviving the year than for the child turning a year older.

Sweet Hudson

We had such a nice weekend. Some friends came over on Friday night for dinner and to talk about what God is doing on West Africa. We had such an encouraging time with them. Then on Sunday, we got to chat about missions with another friend who just got engaged over their Christmas holiday.

God is so faithfully building a team to engage in His work in West Africa. We are so thankful.

As Allen and I talked about what praises and prayer requests to share today, this is what God laid onour hearts:

  • Continued wisdom to know the Lord more. As we walk closer to Him, we will be able to better discern what He would have us do to prepare to leave. The end goal is not getting to language school or even Togo. The end goal is to know God and make Him know. That’s really what we want.
  • 85% of our monthly funding by February 29th. In order to attend Field Prep Seminar in March/April, we have to reach 85% of our funding. Please pray with us for diligence, focus, and success in our partnership development. And pray for the right people and churches to join our team. We are waiting for some partnership commitments to process through and hopefully by month-end, we’ll be close to that goal!
  • Our minivan is in the shop (again). Seriously though, this van has been little more than a headache. Something is going on with it and we are at a loss. The auto shop we use is doing a few more things to it this week to try and fix it, but we really need insight to see what the best course of action is with this vehicle.
  • Healing for Allen from his procedure last week. Last Friday, Allen has a spot removed from one of his legs. We don’t anticipate anything coming from it, but he is pretty sore. Chasing kids all day is tough on stitches and hinders healing.

We had a great Bible study yesterday morning from Exodus 5. The podcast we listened to talked about how tribulations and disappointments are normal in life. However, God is always moving the ball. It may look like the game is stalled and there’s no way things will turn out right for us, but He is constantly working for our good and His glory.

Man, I’m thankful for that.

Have a good week – please let us know how we can be praying for you.

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