I have always been amazed with people who can juggle. I have a very good friend, Craig, who can pull off this seemingly difficult feat. I wouldn’t tell him this to his face, but it really does impress me. Incidentally he is a missionary in PNG (Papua New Guinea). I have learned much about juggling through our friendship. I haven’t mastered the actual act of juggling objects, in fact I can barely juggle 2 objects.
As I was praying about this new mission field, Craig and I talked through many things. He read through our plan and coached me on the intricacies of entering into the mission field. There is much more to it then I could have ever imagined. Craig once did an illustration of what it would take for him to go overseas. He had several people come forward and hold up signs, each sign had a different job on it. The jobs ranged from support staff (logistics, media, prayer, etc.) to financial support and team members on the field.
This is even true for missions here in the states. Like Craig in PNG, we too will have to have all of this support in place. We need prayer warriors, financial supporters, media, and more. I will not only have to learn how to juggle everything that comes with this new mission field, but I can’t forget my family either. I also have other responsibilities here at my home church. These are all obligations that cannot be neglected and all are just as important. I soon will be visiting other churches to present our plan for revitalization in Vermont. This will put pressure on my family and local church. Please pray for us through these adjustments.
We are planning a vacation to Vermont in October. This will be a vacation and work trip bundled up all in one. We will be speaking to a few churches on the way out and looking at housing options while we are in Vermont.
We are still at 21% support but are trusting that the Lord will provide in His timing. Who knew that missions would be such a juggling act? Thank you all for your support as we follow God and watch His plan unfold. Thank you, Craig Noyes, for all of your advice, prayer, support, and sarcasm!