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ON THE ROAD AGAIN

In 48 hours from now (sometime Thursday afternoon/evening) we hope to be  460 miles down the Baja Peninsula in the small coastal town of Guerrero Negro.  This will put us halfway down the long desert highway on our way back to La Paz. The adrenaline associated  with the adventure of returning to a place we so deeply love is coursing through our veins.


      This is the Baja Peninsula. La Paz is near the southern tip of of the peninsula.
We are looking forward to reestablishing our lives and ministry in La Paz.  We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, both missionary and Mexican.   We are looking forward to participating with the local churches in their holistic service to the community; and we are looking forward to helping TEAM expand its globalization efforts.


        We are blessed to love two great countries.
The past six years in the US have been good and they were productive; but now it is time for us to move back.  We love our home, our friends and the church in the US, but we believe we are to work in Mexico again.   We have enjoyed being back stateside and getting involved with many of you.  It is encouraging for us to know that so many wonderful people are backing us with their prayers and with their generous giving.

We do have some items for which we would like you to pray.

  • Safety on the road.  Extremely heavy rains have badly damaged portions of the highway.  This makes for bouncy rides and jangled nerves.
  • Finding a place to live.  We will need to reestablish a home in La Paz.  In many ways we are starting from scratch, almost like newlyweds.  Fun!
  • Lois is asking for prayer as she develops her ministries (counseling, leading Bible studies, and teaching English/Spanish are likely).  She is also considering a reading program for children.
  • Our support is lower than ideal.
  • Pray for Claire.  She is in Ecuador finishing up her last semester in college and will soon be looking to start her career.
  • Pray for Joel as he continues to develop his career in international business.                                                                         
  • THANK YOU!

We are grateful to all of you who have so faithfully prayed for us and supported us.  We look forward to reporting to you all the Lord will be doing in the next few years as we serve him in La Paz.

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OUTA HERE AND HEADING SOUTH

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THE DAY HAS COME

September 30th has a certain ring to it and sounds close.
Wednesday sounds really close.
Day after tomorrow, wow, that’s almost right now.

Well, the three scenarios above are our reality as we finish up the last minute details prior to our departure for Mexico.  In a couple of hours a truck will (hopefully) come by and we will load our four big cardboard boxes containing our belongings onto it and ship them to Mexico.

There are still some last minute details to which we must attend but things are winding down.  We are planning on pulling away from the TEAM parking lot at around two PM on Wednesday. We are scheduled to arrive in La Paz on October 16.

As we look back over the past months we are filled with thanksgiving for all of you who make our work in Mexico possible.   Lois and I often talk about the really wonderful people the Lord has brought into our lives and it is true.  Sometimes as we drive our car or walk along a path we simply list the names of people we know who have been instrumental in our lives.  We are blessed.

The last couple of years have not been without turmoil as we have sought the Lord’s will for our lives and faced the uncertainties of moving back to Mexico, or moving to Chicago, or Miami or some other city from which to carry out my work as a senior director of TEAM.  Consulting with many of you was what firmed up our decision to move back to Mexico to serve, and the response from our friends and supporters once the decision was made has been 100% confirming.  We belong in Mexico.

We would really appreciate your prayers as we begin our trip and this new phase in our life and ministry.
Thank you.
Steve and Lois

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Dresselhaus Update August 2015

Dresselhaus Update SEPTEMBER 2015

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NEWS UPDATE

As our return to Mexico gets closer and closer, I’m not sure if  the October 1st deadline we are approaching is the finish line or the starting line.  There are a million and one things to do, and  once we get to La Paz, it will seem like we are starting all over again.  Busy?  Of course.  Excited about the future?  Totally.
Our schedule includes:

  • Speaking at the Vida Nueva church (Spanish) in Chicago on September 6
  • Speaking at the Warehouse Church in Aurora, Illinois on September 13
  • Speaking at Manoa  Community Church in Havertown, Pennsylvania on September 20
  • Speaking at Village Bible Church in Carol Stream, Illinois on September 27.
  • Leaving Illinois October 1 for the West Coast.
  • Leaving California for La Paz on October 15.

We would love to meet with as many of you as possible during our last month in the US.  Email us or  give us a call.  Our evenings are pretty open, and there are some really good ice cream places in Wheaton; so come on over and let’s go out for ice cream.

    GRATITUDE

We are grateful:

  • Our coworker Susie Gonzalez came through a serious surgery very well.
  • Our house in Wheaton is rented, and we have a property manager for it.
  • We have dear friends who have helped in so many ways with this move back to Mexico.
  • Our financial and prayer backers make our  ministry possible.
  • So many of you  came to our open house two weeks ago. It was a special time.
  • We are part of the TEAM family, and it’s a joy to work with them.
  • We are part of Village Bible Church, and so many have shown us love.                                                                                                                                                                                                 I could go on and on like the old hymn says and “count your blessings, name them one by one,” but that would take a long time to write and a long time for you to read.  Let’s just say we are very thankful to the Lord for all He has done for us.

PRAYER REQUESTS

We do have some prayer requests.  Please keep us in your prayers for:

  •  our daughter Claire as she spends her last semester in college with a study program in Ecuador.
  • our son Joel as he has a couple of international business trips coming up soon.
  • all the details of our move and for safety in travel.
  • TEAM as we globalize and work towards helping develop the “post-national church.”
  • Lois as she will be investigating ministry opportunities.  Steve’s role is already established as  a senior director for TEAM’s ministry areas in North Central and South America.
  • a smooth readjustment to life in Mexico.                                                                                                                                                    CONTACT US:                                                     Email:  steven.dresselhaus@team.org    or  stevenloisdress@gmail.com

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TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

To support our  ministry, include a note stating our name or ministry project, and the amount you are giving.  Thank you!

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THE MOVE HAS BEGUN!

Dresselhaus Update August 2015

Dresselhaus Update August 2015

See invitation at the bottom of the page.

Steve and Lois, Serving with TEAM in Mexico

Steve and Lois, Serving with TEAM in Mexico

I have never run a marathon, and probably never will.  My sports tend towards cycling, SCUBA and kayaking,  and the idea of plodding along,  soaked in sweat and barely able to gasp enough air into desperate lungs has little, if any,  appeal to me.   However, based  on finish line videos we have seen we feel right now like we are in the last phase of a marathon. We are finishing up the support raising process, working to get the house ready to rent,  meeting with churches,  working on visas for Mexico, shipping our stuff to La Paz and discovering the uncountable details needing to be cared for prior to the move.   In this last paragraph you will discover a bunch of embedded prayer requests.

The Lausanne Movement conference on creation care. 100 scientists, theologians and practitioners met to discuss the role of the church and missions agencies in caring for God's creation.

The Lausanne Movement conference on creation care. 100 scientists, theologians and practitioners met to discuss the role of the church and missions agencies in caring for God’s creation.

While the move back is taking a lot of our time, we are both still active in our jobs as well.  I, Steve, just got back from an excellent conference on stewardship of the earth.  The conference was sponsored by the Lausanne Movement and TEAM was given two of the 100 available slots.  If creation care (environmental missions) interests you, send me an email – I’d love to discuss this topic with you.

Lois and a neighbor across the street organized a really fun block party attended by nearly 50 people.

Lois and a neighbor across the street organized a really fun block party attended by nearly 50 people.

Another highlight was a block party Lois and a neighbor across the street organized.  The successful party was an attempt to get our neighbors to know each other.  It was a delightful time.  It was an encouragement to us to see our neighbors talking, mingling and getting acquainted.

IMMEDIATE NEXT STEPS

Our current plans call for us to move into the TEAM apartments in Carol Stream, IL on September 1 and to leave for Mexico on October 1.  On August 20 we will be holding an open house at TEAM’s missions place in Wheaton.  We would love to have you drop by for a visit.  This will be informative and will be a means of presenting to everyone what our work is and as a means of saying “Thank You” to a lot of wonderful people.

If you are a financial supporter of ours who sends your contributions by snail mail, please be advised that TEAM’s contributions office has relocated to Texas.  The new address for mailing contributions can be found below.  If you use the electronic payment methods nothing changes  (click on link  below).

We are very grateful to all of you who make our work in TEAM possible.  We are honored to be your missionaries working in Mexico. Thank you

CONTACT US:

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TEAM
PO Box 1986
Grapevine, TX 76099-1986

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Contact us at: Email:  steven.dresselhaus@team.org or stevenloisdress@gmail.com

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DRESSELHAUS UPDATE MAY 2015

fe3912bb-61cf-4898-b3d7-5ea452f94d982967dcd7-088f-4b02-b038-cd42c6c1fdc9 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.
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RECENT TRAVEL
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.

                                             Contact information:

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TEAM, PO BOX 969, Wheaton IL 60187-0969

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Dresselhaus Update March 2015

BEING AND BUILDING THE BODY OF CHRIST

BEING AND BUILDING THE BODY OF CHRIST

     MARCH 2015 UPDATE

    Steve and Lois Dresselhaus

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TEAM Guatemala’s first ever annual conference

                         What’s new?

Going into an ice cream shop, one is confronted with dozens of choices.  This is how Lois and I have felt the past few months as we waited for clarity regarding to where we should relocate. The wait was not particularly  difficult, because the choice to be made was from a collection  of good options; and the wait has not  negatively impacted our work in any way.  After consulting with our sending churches and TEAM’s leadership, the decision is for us to return to La Paz, which was what we had been planning  on last fall.  As TEAM continues to grow rapidly, we need to be positioned in a place that is advantageous to my role as a senior director for global ministry.  But we also want to be located in a place where Lois can immediately connect with ministry. Returning to La Paz seems to be the best place for this to occur.

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TEAM participated in the COMIMEX conference in Mexico City. This was a nationwide conference on Missions

 RECENT ACTIVITIES

     In February I completed a trip to three countries in Central America – Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.  Lois was able to accompany me on the Guatemala portion of the trip.  As TEAM  rapidly grows we are able to expand our work into new countries, start all kinds of new projects and ministries, and develop partnerships with other agencies and church associations with whom we can serve.  It is with a sense of excitement, joy and deep expectation that we are able to seek out these new opportunities.   We are very grateful to the Lord for helping TEAM grow like this.  A personal joy for me is seeing how the ministries related to caring for the environment as a means of caring for people are blossoming around TEAM’s world and finding quick and easy acceptance.                                        I am grateful that the “Americas Team”  is now complete.  There are five us working together to give direction to TEAM’s work and ministry in all the Americas.  It is a joy to work with these wise and godly men who have a passion for the lost world and nearly limitless energy to accomplish the task.  Working with these men–Martin, Craig, Ben and Mark–is an honor.

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SIGO VIVO is a church-based ministry to homeless young people and those struggling with substance abuse. We partner with them in Guatemala.

                                                              Future Activities                                                                  Obviously, moving back to La Paz is looming in the near future.  Also, my travel schedule will be somewhat heavy this year, as TEAM enters new countries in South and Central America and continues developing our North American ministries.  Much of our immediate ministry is related to the growth we are experiencing, as new missionaries, new agencies and new-to-us church associations join with us in spreading the good news of the reconciliation of all things made possible by the blood of Jesus.   We wake up every morning eager and energized to see what God has in store next.

PLEASE PRAY

For wisdom as we plan for our move back to La Paz                                                                    -That we get back to full financial support                                                                                     That our house will rent quickly so that we can move soon                                                      For a summer job for our daughter

JOINING US?      

        We are excited about the current ministries in which we are engaged, and we are thrilled with the prospects of the future as we relocate back to La Paz.   As we partner with others in Kingdom work, we are clearly experiencing the joy and blessing that comes from such work.  We would welcome your participating with  us in our work through praying, giving, visiting, corresponding, or even joining us overseas.  Could the Lord be calling you to serve overseas?

Contact information:

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Email: steven.dresselhaus@team.org or stevenloisdress@gmail.com

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DECISIONS – DECISIONS

   DSCF4563              Decisions – Decisions

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.

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           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.

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                       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

Contact information:

CLICK TO DONATE   Or send a check to TEAM, PO Box 969 Wheaton, IL 60187-0969

Email: steven.dresselhaus@team.org or stevenloisdress@gmail.com

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