This letter is NOT being sent from Mexico. Because of the rapid growth of TEAM there is a modification of my senior director’s role. Currently I oversee TEAM’s missionary work in all the Americas. As you know, from our past letters, I have been seeking someone to become the regional director for TEAM’s new work in North America. That person just might be me.
Because of the work of Martin Gonzalez in Central America, Craig Querfeld in South America, and Ben Bacheller in TEAM’s creation care work, the way has been opened for me to dedicate a greater portion of my time and energies to developing TEAM’s new and future work in the US and Canada. No formal decision has yet been made; but Lois and I are willing remain in the United States and more fully develop TEAM’s work.
All of you who pray for us and support us financially are our sending church. You may not all know each other, but together we are a team working to advance God’s Kingdom in this world. Our part, all of us together, is the Americas. Because you are our sending church, Lois and I would welcome your input, your ideas, your God-given insights as we work with TEAM’s top leadership toward making the right decision regarding not what we do but where we serve.
Remaining in the US would be an occasion for grief, as for a long time our passion has been for Baja, Mexico. To say goodbye to a lifelong dream which came true is not easy. Remaining dry-eyed at the thought of a permanent goodbye to our friends, coworkers, churches and our joy-filled Mexican life is not possible. Even as I write these words, the knot in my throat is bigger than big.
This is an elevated train station in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago
If we stay in the US we would likely move into an urban center, possibly Chicago. A quickly done survey indicates that few, very few, US mission executives live and work in urban areas in the United States. We believe a visible presence in an urban center will be a useful tool in diversifying the US missionary base.
Yes, that is the Willis Tower and yes, this is downtown Chicago
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.
Steve and Lois Dresselhaus
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