Dresselhaus prayer and news update Fall 2013
A FRESH START?
Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Philippines, Mexico: These would be the countries I have visited recently in my travels as one of TEAM’s senior directors for global ministries. Oops! Wrong list! These are the countries where our neighbors in Wheaton are from. Little by little Lois and I are starting to get to know our neighbors. We have had some of our friends come to our house for dinner or for a prayer time for our neighborhood, and we have been invited to their homes. It has been a challenge for both our neighbors and us to carve out time in which to meet and serve one another. Anyone else struggling like this? The “American Dream” is more of a nightmare when it comes to creating meaningful blocks of time for sharing the love of Jesus with those around us.
Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, oh yeah, and California: This is the real list of countries I have recently visited in my role as a senior director for TEAM. Yes, I know California is not a separate country politically, but after four years in the Midwest it sure seems like one. It has been exciting seeing all that God is doing through his people.
Why a Fresh Start? Lois and I do feel the need for you to pray for us as we have some major decisions to make. The main one is where we should live. As TEAM’s Senior Director for the Americas I am given the task of rebuilding TEAM’s missionary workforce in the Americas, a region which has not gotten much attention in recent years. This includes starting TEAM’s work in the United States, something which we, as an organization, have never done before. Lois and I are planning on returning to La Paz, which is our desire and our first choice, but should we move to downtown Chicago to be closer to urban Hispanic ministry in the US? We have already given up Baja once to come back to the US, and it is painful to think of maybe giving it up a second time. However, we are missionaries who have taken the vow of “anywhere–anytime. “
Also pray for us as we help our missionaries expand into new areas in the Americas. Guatemala has just been added as a TEAM ministry area. In November, I will be leading a research trip to Chile and Uruguay to look at partnering with church groups there. These are really exciting times as TEAM undergoes a major expansion of both the missionary workforce and new areas of service around the world.
We are thankful that our “kids” are doing well. Joel is taking this semester off from his studies at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI and anticipates graduating in May with a degree in international business. Claire is a sophomore at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA, majoring in psychology. We have been glad that this time in the US has allowed us to see more of them through their college years. Please pray that God will continue to direct their paths as they put their trust in Him.
As we move, to wherever it will be, Lois and I are back to missionary status. This means that we are back on support, which, well, . . . you all know what that means. We do need your financial support (CLICK here) and prayer backing as we continue our work for the church around the world. We are, as always, grateful to the many of you who have been supporting us so faithfully through the years.
Jesus is Savior and King.
Steve and Lois
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