Up, Up and Away

It’s Thursday of my first week of full-time ministry.  It’s a been week of transition and learning for sure.  The kids now have a new understanding of what a closed door means.  I’ve been working from a makeshift office in our bedroom.  Having Dad home seems to be a novelty at this point.  I kinda feel like how a ferris wheel must feel.  Give it another week and I will be the thing that you go to as a last resort – just like the ferris wheel.

I’ve received my first assignments from SAT-7.  It feels good to connect with the ministry and provide a benefit.  We’ve been at this for a year and a half or so.  I’m sure there have been moments on both sides where there was a wondering if we would ever materialize into a benefit for the ministry.

We are excitedly preparing for our first trip to Cyprus! On Nov. 2nd at 1:30pm, Sarah and I begin our journey from Dayton, OH to Philadelphia to London to Cyprus, arriving at 3pm on the 3rd.  On Nov. 10th we reverse that with a 15-hour layover in London.  We will have an opportunity to attend the annual SAT-7 conference in Larnaca, Cyprus.  We will also stay a few days in Nicosia, where we will eventually live.  Our kids will not be joining us.  Instead they will be staying with our friends, the Childers, in Dayton.  Pray for the Childers.  Seriously, that’s a long time to watch our kids. We weren’t sure that we would be able to visit Cyprus before moving there.  This is a major blessing!

We have a major praise report! We have received all the funds needed to relocate.  Thank you and praise God for His continued provision.  This is unbelievable – we can actually get there.  We are still in need of additional monthly support which is the amount that will keep us serving.  We begin to live fully dependent on monthly support beginning in November.  We do this knowing that the Lord has provided time and time again.  Will times be tough sometimes?  Surely.  Will we doubt?  Surely.  Will He provide?  No doubt.

One other note about finances.  We watch the strength of the U.S. dollar in comparison to the Euro very closely.  During the summer, it looked like we would have to rethink our monthly support needs.  The dollar was about $1.60/Euro.  Lately, the dollar has gained – or, rather the Euro has weekened faster than the dollar.  The dollar is about $1.28/Euro today.  We will continue to monitor this and keep you informed.  We know the economy is going through trying times.  We also know that God is on the throne.

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3 thoughts on “Up, Up and Away

  1. I’m so excited for you guys! This is amazing. You’ll definitely be in my prayers.

    Funny how living overseas forces you to follow exchange rates. Ours keeps getting better too…it’s awesome, huh!?

  2. Hey Dan,

    Great to hear things are going well with support raising. I am praying for your family and for your work with SAT 7.

    Ben

  3. Oh my! This is tomorrow that you take your big trip. When I read this entry and then the mail from Sarah, I thought, “oh…later in NOvember!” Yikes–its here.
    Blessings and traveling mercies.
    Enjoy the date week, too!!!
    :)Maria

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