March 2019 Newsletter
Lessons learned from a monkey
There is a trap that can be used to catch monkeys. It can be a cage, coconut, or jar in which there is
a banana or treat placed inside. The opening of the trap is large enough for the monkey to reach in, but once they have the item clutched in their hand, it isn’t big enough to pull it out. They have to let go to be freed. The monkey, being greedy, won’t let go, getting caught rather than releasing its treasure. Recently, God brought it to my attention that I (Becky) am struggling with the same problem. As we approach this career change and cross-country move, there are also things I am clutching tightly. Things like our home, our extended family, our church, and our friends; all these precious treasures I yearn to hold tightly. And yet, God continues to gently remind me that to taste the freedom that comes with walking in the Lord’s will, I need to be willing to let go of my treasure.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. 26 And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
We are so thankful for each member of our ministry support team. We are currently at 58% of our monthly support need and have reached the one-year mark of our first Homeland Ministry Assignment. We know the months ahead will be challenging. It is reassuring to know that we don’t walk this path alone.
Would you please pray for us?
Some areas in which we could use prayer:
People would be open to joining our monthly support team
Godly wisdom for difficult days ahead
Doubts and discouragement would flee
God’s name would be glorified each time we share
Upcoming speaking events
March 31 - Grace Community Church (South Solon, Ohio)
April 7 - Mount Pleasant Mills CCCU (Mt. Pleasant Mills, PA)
April 14 - Monroe Chapel Church (Oak Hill, OH)
April 18 - West Union CCCU (West Union OH)
April 28 - Greenfield CCCU (Greenfield, OH)
May 19 - Morgantown CCCU (Bainbridge, OH)
Can you help us “make disciples of all nations”?
We are seeking opportunities to tell our story to people who may have a heart for missions.
Ways you could help:
Invite us to speak at your church or Sunday school.
Host a dessert party with a few friends at which we could share.
Tell your friends and family about us and encourage them to join our ministry group.
*We have many dates available for sharing at churches and small groups. Please contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you or anyone you know may be interested.