INTERESTING HAPPENINGS I doubt that stealing fish will ever become the theme of a TV crime drama; but for those of us involved in TEAM’s new creation care ministries, the theft of half the fish from our Fish For Life fish farm in Zimbabwe was an exciting moment, a victory of sorts, a proof of concept. Our missionaries involved in this project have created a desirable product, something with perceived value, so much so that thieves broke in to steal the fish. There are now burglar bars on the fish tank. Creation care ministries are in a growth phase in TEAM right now as missionaries show their love for people by caring for and protecting the environment where they live. Our desire is that the fish farm will be a source of both protein and employment, and that it will ease the burden on the remaining natural water sources. Our desire is that this will also create hour after hour of time with the local people allowing them to hear about, learn about and begin to follow Jesus. Creation care ministry in TEAM is a dream come true for me.
TEAM IN GENERAL
TEAM is continuing to grow. As we grow we are seeking to provide ministry, resources and services to other agencies and groups in an effort to help them serve and to learn from them. A big part of my work is seeking to enter new-to-TEAM countries and to establish and then develop partnerships, primarily in the Latin America context. However, TEAM is now, for the first time in our 125-year history, assigning missionary staff to work in the US and Canada on a full-time basis. This is a challenge as we seek to discover what our particular role in North America is.
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
Our plans to return to Mexico are on the front burner again. We are planning on returning this fall. My role as senior director for TEAM’s ministry areas in the Americas will remain unchanged. Please pray for us as we work towards this move. There are many moving parts, and my work as senior director is increasing. Lois hopes to resume her work of small group Bible study and intentional discipleship. She has been approached about teaching Spanish and also about becoming involved with a ministry that works with victims of abuse.
A trip to Africa took me to Zimbabwe and Mozambique to spend time with our staff involved in creation care ministries, and with our various ministry partners in Southern Africa. TEAM will still gladly pioneer new projects; but we are placing increasing value on partnering with works that already exist. We believe God is honoring this attempt at fostering unity among fellow servants.
HOW CAN YOU PRAY
Details of the move – renting our house and selling our stuff
Remaining financial support need (about $500 a month)
The drug war in Mexico has heated up, but this time La Paz is not exempt from the violence and the murder rate is escalating alarmingly. Pray for missionary safety.
Pray for us as we lead TEAM into its new ministries in the United States and Canada. In a continent as racially and ethnically mixed as ours, what should be our approach for honoring Jesus’ request for unity?
The students and staff at the Dondo Bible Institute in Dondo, Mozambique.
We celebrated Lois’s birthday on this month with neighbors and friends. Joel was able to come up from St. Louis.
Lois and I were able to travel to West Virginia for the nationals in acrobatics and tumbling. Azusa Pacific University, Claire’s team, came in third. The blur in the air is Claire.
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