Friday, October 12, 2007

We Are In!

Yesterday the IMB Board of Trustees voted on us and they want us. So we have gone through another part of the process. Thank you to all of you who have prayed for us. We still need to sell our house so please keep praying. Also, we will be having an estate sale October 20th. We will open our house up the night before for a preview. We had a couple more questions after the last posting so here are the answers.

Q. How will we notify our prayer partners when we need prayer or when we have written a new entry.

A. I have e-mail addresses for most of you. If you would like to get an e-mail from us please leave our e-mail address under comments or e-mail me at Eventually we will start an electronic newsletter. However, I have to figure out how to do one first. I will also e-mail you when I have written a new entry on the blog.

Q. Since we do not need financial support would money that was donated to the IMB in our name go directly to us.

A. No, money can be donated to the IMB but it would go to projects happening in our region not necesarily to us. Gifts can be given to us directly but it would not be considered a tax write off.

As always we thank you for your prayer and support.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

October Is Here

I can't believe it is already October. We will be leaving Ft. Myers in only 31/2 months. Here is an update on how things are going. We have not sold our house yet. We are praying whether to list it with a realtor or keep trying to sell it ourselves. We know that God has all of the answers so we will look to Him to guide us.

I wanted to answer some frequently asked questions:
Q. When will you leave?
A. We leave for orientation in January. We will start orientation February 4, 2008. We will leave for Joburg in April 2008.

Q. Will the children go with you?
A. Yes, they are coming with us to both orientation in Virginia and to Joburg.

Q. Where will they go to school?
A. In Virginia they will go to school with all of the other Missionary Kids (MK's). In Joburg they will most likely go to a private school. School there is year long. They probably will not be able to start until June because we will go to an orientation in Zambia for a month when we get there.

Q. What will you be doing in Joburg?
A. David will be the Treasurer for the region and my job is called home and outreach. I will be doing the things that I do here. I will use the gifts and talents God gave me to minister to my family and others I come in contact with.

Q. How long will you be there?
A. We will be there for 3 years for our apprenticeship. Then we will come home for our stateside assignment for 6 months.

Q. Are you scared to be going there?
A. That is where the Lord has called us to go. I would rather be in the will of God there than out of the will of God here.

Q. Do you need to raise support?
A. The only support we need to raise is prayer support. The International Mission Board covers our salary, a place to live and our insurance. All of the IMB missionaries are paid from the Lottie Moon offering that is taken every Christmas in Southern Baptist Churches.

Q. How can we pray for you?
A. Right now we need to sell our house. Also, that David will have a smooth transition out of his job and that the children will adapt well in Virgina and Joburg. Please pray for a hedge of protection around our family.

You can leave comments on this blog. If you have additional questions we would be happy to answer them. Thank you for your support.

David & Tracy