(Below is the newsletter we recently sent to our missions partners. We wanted to publish it here too.)
It seems for the last four months we have been the parents of Graceson. And while that's a wonderful joy, there is more to our story. Today we write to you as a family on mission to Tanzania!
Just last week I (Noah) returned from a quick trip home to Arusha. It was indescribably special to be back, to connect with friends, to reassure our community that are hearts are set to return to them. It was a major blessing.
And here's another win: after plenty of days of doubt and pain, Tricia "misses home and is ready to go back!" It's a gift to be unified and have our hearts moving in the same direction. We are still operating on "plan A", which is to be back in Tanzania by the end of 2017. And that brings us to why we are writing to you today.
A few facts about dates and dollars:
+We will head back (by faith) the last week of December.
+We will serve an 18-month term ending in the middle of 2019. (We will discern anything beyond this later.)
+We had already raised funds and commitments through mid-2018.
+As a result of this unexpected medical leave in the states, we will need to raise funds for an additional year now.
So, after collaborating with our Missions Team...here's the fundraising goal for our family for the next 3 months:
$15,000 in gifts & $700 in new monthly commitments
In order to reach our goal, we will need to get out there now and connect with churches, groups and people to raise awareness and share our hearts. This will be our focus for the next three months.
Below, you will find a list of where we will be speaking in the coming weeks. As of today, we still have the following Sundays available for teaching or sharing at churches:
- This Sunday, October 8
- October 22
- December 10 (available to speak in the VA Beach area)
Just email us about opportunities!
Thank you all for your love, your care, your friendship and your support. If you want to discuss any of this, just reply now and we would love to engage with you and discuss what partnership would look like.
With love and joy,
Noah, Tricia and the Kids
Oct 15- Foundry Church, Morgantown, WV
Oct 29- Capital Christian Fellowship, Lanham, MD
Nov 5- Living Hope Fellowship, Houston, DE
Nov 12- New Life AG, East Greenbush, NY
Nov 19- Life House Church, Laurel, MD
Dec 3- Grace Bible Church, Lanham, MD