A Prayer and Newsletter update from Steve and Lois
God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” When Jesus sent out the disciples, they went out together. The church is described as a body with many members. It really is a no-brainer understanding that carrying out God’s work is not a solo adventure. As Lois and I head back to Mexico (hopefully January 2 or 3), we will be rejoining our “old” teammates. This is a cause for celebration and thanksgiving as we will be returning to work with some of the best people on the planet.
But a new team is also being formed. In my role as TEAM’s senior director for the Americas, it took but half a second to realize that this task is monumental and cannot be done alone. In order to accomplish the task before us, we are creating a team of experienced missionary professionals who will be focusing on their geographic areas. Together we will formulate plans, strategies, and projects; and together we will lead TEAM into new countries and new ministries.The new team on which I am very pleased to serve is composed of the following co-workers and friends.
HERE IS THE NEW TEAM!
Craig and Sue Querfeld Craig was born and raised in Central America. He and Sue have successfully planted churches and led teams in Peru. Craig is a sportsman, thinker, cross-cultural expert and relational leader. He will help us expand our work into countries in South America that are new to TEAM.
Martin and Susie Gonzalez Lois and I worked with Martin and Susie on a team in La Paz for many years. Martin and Susie are successful church planters and counselors. Martin is a theologian, gifted teacher, musician, and topnotch administrator. He will be helping expand our work into Central America.
Ben and Becky Bacheller. Ben is a missionary kid raised in Brazil. After serving in Brazil, he and his family have returned to the United States. Ben will using his training and his expertise in environmental science working with me as we develop strategies, events, ministry opportunities and a biblical basis for TEAM’s Creation Care department.
This is person X, that unknown individual who will be heading up the US and Canadian ministries for us. I have interviewed a person I would like to work on the team with us, but now he must decide. Please be in prayer for this person.
HOW CAN YOU PRAY FOR US?
- We have a target date of January 3 as our departure date to drive into Mexico. I can’t begin to enumerate all the prayer requests related to this.
- The house is not yet rented.
- We still need “Person X” to help with the US/Canada ministries.
- Our support is still low.
ITEMS OF PRAISE AND GRATITUDE
– Joel’s job is going well in St. Louis.
– Claire’s return to the US and trip back to college went smoothly.
– Lois and I both have excellent people with whom to work.
– My role in helping TEAM expand into new countries is an encouraging adventure.
We remain ever so grateful for you who have prayed for us and stood beside us for nearly 30 years of missionary service. We are humbled by your faithful giving and are grateful to be a part of your work overseas.
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