The Finish Line

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Ministry Partners!

I’m writing this to let you know how grateful we are that God allowed my family to have you on my team during my residency at the Austin Stone! Because you were generous, this residency has not only been possible, but it has been an absolutely incredible time of God changing lives—including my own! I would like to share a quick story highlighting just one of things that God has done and allowed me to be a part of.

This story is about a Goer family. Goers are missionaries sent out from the Austin Stone. We have hundreds both on the field and being trained to go—isn’t it wild that families living a comfortable life here in Austin would respond to the call of God to go share the gospel with unreached people groups around the world? When these families are sent off, we have a very small and personal commissioning for their family and friends to gather, sing, pray, and see them off in an intimate way. Worship leaders are invited often to lead those gatherings. Within my first month or so of being here I was asked to lead one. I went in with almost no expectations and didn’t even know the family! The time of worship was sweet and meaningful. The prayers were powerful. The gathering overall was emotional. God was there. The Holy Spirit was there counseling, convicting, and comforting. I left filled up, but had no further connection to the family, or their story.

Fast forward to November of this year…I had just finished leading worship for one of the AM services at the St. Johns Campus. I was rolling cables when a bearded man who looked a little familiar came up to me and thanked me for leading so well that morning, and then said he appreciated what I had done for his family. I must have had a puzzled look on my face because he started talking again before I could respond. He said that at their commissioning I had said something that stuck with them for the past year while they were in Africa! I was immediately humbled and shocked. Can you believe that God would use me to be such a comfort to a family doing hard and scary work for the sake of the Gospel?!?

We talked for a little while longer about his family, their ministry, and what he was excited for upon his return to Africa. Now I pray for Luke and his family often. I dwell on how God is using them, and in turn The Austin Stone, me, and even YOU to reach the unreached with the good news of Jesus—I HAD to share that with you all.

Mainly, I wanted to share that story and thank you for your continued and faithful support, but can you believe we only have 5 months left?!?

I still need your help praying for a couple of things:

  1. For our current financial needs. We need a little more support to finish this residency strong.
  2. For God to clear up what we are doing after this (I am already interviewing with some places)!

 

Let me share some specifics with you really quickly…

Finances
We now have a finish line of 5 months…school will be out, and the lease on our house will be over. That gives us the summer to move! Over the course of the last year and a half, so many have been faithful to give. Some have had to stop due to changes in their financial situation, others have simply chosen not to continue. Whatever the reason, we rely on those commitments and now have specific needs to get us through the final 5 months.

We had an increase in our health insurance through the church, and our van has an electronics issue. We also want to be able to continue being generous in our neighborhood and in participating in the kid’s school by sticking with our original support goal, which we are not currently reaching because of some partners not being able to recommit.

Overall, it looks like we will need about $10,000 more dollars to finish strong. We are praying and hoping that some would prayerfully consider giving toward this need here at the end of the year. Obviously more monthly commitments or giving more monthly might be better for some folks, but there is an opportunity here at the end of the year to give a bigger sum for tax deductible purposes!

 

Job opportunities/interviews
Let me start by saying that Tasha and I are open to any place and have been encouraged by the leadership of the Austin Stone to give every place a shot as long as we are entering it prayerfully and delighting in the Lord.

Although we have had several opportunities come up, there seem to be two open doors at the moment– and they are both in DC!?!

First of all, Washington, DC is not where I thought I would end up…while neither of these opportunities are a for sure thing, both feel good at the moment. I have Skype interviewed with both and am flying up to lead worship at both within the next month.

I leave Friday, Dec 16th to the first church—please be praying that God will work and show us clearly what He is up to and calling us to.

 

One other thing
By now, you’ve probably got an email about Acceptiva and PushPay…please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!

From my family to yours this season—we are thankful for your prayers and generosity. Merry Christmas, and thank you for serving Jesus and His Church alongside us!

Peace,
Billy

 

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