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Final Day of Training

February 28, 2014

Today is, technically, the last day of training on our entire calendar.  That being said, I think the only thing going on is breakfast and lunch and some flights, but Matthew isn’t going up today.  We’ve been in training for the better part of the last five months, doing everything MAF offers.  It’s true, outside the technical standardization for pilots and mechanics, we (Matthew, specifically) have attended all of MAF’s training modules.  Orientation, ground school standardization, leadership/management training, ministry partnership seminar, and finally, the annual seminars for the chief pilots, chiefs of maintenance and instructor pilots (they have fancy names with cool acronyms, but heaven help me, there’s no way I remember them).

So, what now?  Now we are totally reliant on God and who He has selected to partner with us in ministry, especially financially.  We also need to sort our stuff and pack, since having a new baby, investing a bit of time/energy into our house (aka investment) and all of that training has taken all the time we had for sorting and packing…so now we can start that process.

As I mentioned previously, we are putting together meetings in Washington, arriving the third week of March and staying for a few weeks, visiting old friends and new, and some churches.  We are also finding opportunities here in Idaho to share about our ministry.  Our goal is to have 100% of our monthly financial ministry support by the end of May.  Have you been praying about how that could look for your family?  We are happy to help if you have any questions!

I got the sweetest message from one of our favorite families from the road trip yesterday (can I have favorites??) stating that they wanted to begin teaching their children to tithe and give and the subject of giving to missionaries came up.  Hey!  They know some missionaries!  So, our newest monthly partners give, I’m told, about $5 per month of their allowance.  If that’s isn’t super adorable and amazing at such a young age, I don’t know what is.  I hope they are totally blessed by their giving!

Pray for us, I believe I have the last of the sickness that seemed to hit everyone in our family twice.  Pray as we plan our WA trip – it’ll be busy but we also want it to be effective.  Pray for MAF as an organization – there are some structural changes going on in the next few months that are totally exciting, but will be a lot of work for the home office staff that we’ve come to know so well over the last five months.  Pray for our kids.  Levi and Amelia are at a stage of bickering and strong wills – and it’s exhausting for this mama!  Axel is just about the sweetest thing on the planet, my only “complaint” being that his longest night stretch is four hours. And of course, pray for our timeline and future plans.  There are still some unknowns (language school? where exactly are you going?) and we know they are known by Him.

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