Usually I am more than aware of God’s provision and faithfulness.
Lately I have somehow become unaware.
I want to trust in God’s provision and faithfulness, and honestly, I have no reason not to.
He has proved Himself time and time again, even though He didn’t need to, yet I still seem to get easily discouraged when it comes to trusting God specifically with our finances and with the evidence of our work.
Either way, I am still in awe of how God is using my family and our ministry partners for Kingdom work. So hear me when I say, we are so thankful for our family, friends, and ministry partners. We have been able to be a part of a great work because of your prayers and financial support.
Let me share a bit of what we’ve done in these first few months and what we hope to do!
What We’ve Done So Far
Other than be a part of an incredible worship album release and a worship conference, we have met many people of peace. If you are not familiar with the “person of peace” terminology, check out these verses from Luke 10:5-7
5 “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ 6 If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. 7 Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
Also, this resource from Exponential was helpful to me in understanding the concept. We have met many people of peace here. Our neighbors on both sides of us are very open in conversations. One of our next-door neighbors is of the Islam faith. Our neighbors directly across from us are Christians.
One of my favorite coffee shops is a quirky little place called Corona Cafe. The owner, Naaman, is a person of peace for sure. Also Torchy’s Tacos, our normal Sunday lunch spot, has some employees that recognize us so we are beginning conversations with them.
I have also had the opportunity to disciple my new (and younger) worship band members as well as share some of my wisdom and experience in Godly marriage & parenting with some other residents.
What We Hope To Do
First off, hospitality is a major value for our family. We love having people in our home and hosting others. Jesus practiced hospitality and calls us to do the same. We want our home to be used for the sake of the gospel. We have visions of our neighbors, worship band members, and friends all gathering & growing together! We want to make some room in our budget for hospitality & generosity the way we like to do it (and feel called to do it).
Also, there are some things coming up that we want to be able to do for family spiritual growth and outreach. One example is a short-term mission trip that Tasha and Chandler could both go on! Another example is joining the YMCA or another community organization or sports team for the boys in an effort to meet more people of peace!
We budgeted super tight to be able to raise the support needed to get here. But we still have a few needs to go along with the plans & hopes mentioned above. Tasha and I still need insurance (the kids are on CHIP). We have some moving and medical expenses on a credit card that we need to pay off. All of this has to be done soon so we can focus more of our time, energy, and funds towards ministry purposes.
For those of you who have to see numbers, here is roughly what our updated budget looks like:
$1,500 — Housing/Rent
$1,300 — Tithe, Utilities, Groceries, Internet, School, and other misc. expenses.
$800 — Car Payment, Auto Insurance, Renters Insurance, and Health Insurance.
$800 — Taxes and Admin Fee
The total is still only $4,400 a month for our family of five to live and minister in Austin. We are trying to be as frugle as possible.
We originally raised about $4,000 a month to come. Thats 40 ministry partners—praise God!
But because of the hopes & plans mentioned above we need around $4,000 more than we have currently raised. It comes out to $400 a month for the next 10 months.
We are humbly asking now for all of you to pray, and also for some of you to prayerfully consider raising the amount you are currently giving if you are able to, or for some of you to give a one time (tax-deducatable) end of the year gift. If you can do that, simply use the button below.
Maybe you know someone who is not yet a ministry partner but would love to come along side us in this journey. Now is the time for them to jump in!
Whatever God lays on your heart financially, we ask that you would pray for us and for the city of Austin. God has already provided so much and we know He will continue to do so!
We are so thankful that He has blessed us with such generous partners, a great family, awesome friends (old & new) and has entrusted us with an amazing ministry in the city of Austin.
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