Several days after sending our last letter we successfully submitted our visa applications to the immigration office! This was an exciting step that required much prayer to be able to accomplish.
Our last update ended with a request for prayer for greater witnessing opportunities in June.
As our travels wound down in May, we had several events on the schedule that we would like to share with you. … On May 15…
We were privileged to present our ministry in seven churches in April and had several unique ministry opportunities.
We experienced a number of deputation highlights over the past 30 days!
Our goal in February was to cover a lot of ground and visit nine churches that were mostly outside of our normal sphere of meetings. This included several in Texas, Alabama, and Arkansas.
We wanted to begin this letter by thanking those of you who sent the extra donations and support for Christmas last month.
After visiting nine churches in November and eight in December, we find our year-end support goal in the rear-view mirror and looking towards the finish line heading into 2022.
Throughout October, we visited twelve churches in eight states. On the two evenings we weren’t in church, Bentlee was confused why he wasn’t in the nursery!
As we approach the end of the year, it’s exciting to see God make our goals a reality! Our year-end support goal is 75% and we are currently at 69%.
August was a Midwest month for us on the road! We presented in churches throughout IA, IL, IN, and WI and had our first meetings with 2-month old Bentlee.
Our deputation travels slowed down this month as we adjusted to life with a newborn! After assisting at our campground for several teen camps, our travels resumed on July 18th.
Thank you for praying for our son’s safe delivery. Bentlee Dean was born on Monday, June 28, at 1:32am. God’s Providence was evident in several ways through the timing of his birth.
We assumed that June would be a “slower” month in our schedule and here I am writing this letter halfway through the month as this has been the first available day to do so!
April began with a calm morning on Easter Sunday at our home church followed by a whirlwind of meetings in IN, MO, FL, MI, OH, and WI.
Let’s be transparent for a moment. As we planned for deputation, much of our mental preparation was bracing ourselves for bad experiences, rejection, awkward encounters, and more along those lines.
February was our busiest month of traveling up until now, with three conferences and eight total meetings.
Throughout January, we presented our ministry in six Illinois churches. God worked out our schedule to avoid the Midwest snowstorms that came frequently this month!
Our December began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, inching past Port St. Lucie, Florida as the farthest distance that we currently plan to travel on deputation.
God provided eight churches where we could present our ministry at in November. We also had the opportunity to stop in at three other churches as we traveled to scheduled meetings.
October has taught us to remain flexible on the deputation trail.
Our first month on deputation has passed quickly! We had the opportunity to be in 7 different churches throughout Illinois, Michigan and Indiana in September.
Starting next month, we will be sending monthly updates on our deputation travels as we seek to raise the necessary funds for church planting in New Zealand.
Earlier this month, we made our first of many trips to New Zealand. Our initial travels held the following purposes: