We Are Still Here!

We are still here! There, I said it. It is apparent that many folks are still under the impression we went straight to Cherokee back in May. “What are you still doing here?” or “Hey, I thought you were in Cherokee” have become standard greetings from so many people we run into. Regina and I have  lost count on how many people who were surprised when they would see us on a Sunday morning. Let me clear up any confusion, we don’t get to Cherokee until we reach 100% of our funding. Support raising is the first and never-ending part of missionary life. It comes with the territory.

The end of May concluded my time with Saint Andrew’s as the director of education and youth ministries, but that  was not our start date for Cherokee. Throughout the summer, I have been finishing my final seminary classes while raising support since March when our missionary status officially began with MTW.

The best way to know what we are doing is to check our blog, Facebook, or, better yet, give us a call. For the next year or more, we will continue to visit other churches as well as Saint Andrew’s Chapel. I am very excited to report that this fall we will be visiting my first church back home in Woonsocket, RI. We are also having home gatherings to share our vision with small groups of people who would like to know more about what we are doing. We will also continue to send letters to our friends asking for help as well. Please remember that most of a missionary’s support comes from private donors, rather than churches. Hence you see why it is important for all our friends to know that we are not yet in Cherokee. We don’t get there until we have raised enough pledged support to keep us there for a four-year stay.

For those who have received a letter already, but have yet to receive a follow-up call from us, please forgive us for that. We have been mighty busy these past few months, but we still would like to talk to you. If you would like to support us, but you are not sure if you are able, please remember that no amount is too small. Really. We truly appreciate any pledge that comes our way. It is a huge encouragement to know friends are striving with us as we seek to serve the Lord in Cherokee.

So where are we now financially? Currently we are around 20% of pledged regular giving. We are told by the home office that that is actually good considering the fact that it is summer. God has also graciously poured in a lot of one-time gifts as well. Only 80% more to go!

Until next time, keep checking our Prayer Journal page.  Go ahead and hit the widget on the side of the pages that automatically sends you updates to this blog when they occur, and most of all pray for us.

All for the Kingdom,

Patrick

Upcoming Events

There has been a lot happening since our last post. We have been invited to our first missions conference coming up this Sunday, February 9th, at Orangewood Church in Maitland, Florida. We will have a place to set up our display, complete with literature, flags, photos, and artifacts and share our vision with anyone who will listen.

We are very thankful to the Lord for the help Pastor Joe Creech has provided us with encouragement and wisdom during our process with MTW. Pastor Creech has been involved with MTW since its beginning and remains a committee member. We met one day at a presbytery meeting last September. That providential meeting was just what I needed at that time. The Lord knows what he is doing!

We are also excited to announce that we will also be at the Saint Andrew’s Mission Festival this coming spring. As many of you know, Saint Andrew’s is our home church who has sent us with the youth to Cherokee over the last eight years.

We are also gearing up for our Launch week beginning March 10th. That week will entail a lot of training on logistics. Lord willing, if all goes well, we will have our account open that we may receive funds to get us to the field and begin our work among the Cherokee.

Please pray for this weekend. We are beginning our Saint Andrew’s youth Cherokee trip preparation meetings this Saturday, February 8th. Pray also that we will meet some new folks that we may share our vision for the Cherokee people and ultimately all Native Americans.