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November 2019 Newsletter

Waiting? How many of us like to wait? It isn't always much fun, is it? I was recently reminded of our first trip to Kenya.  Not having flown much, the preparation for our trip was filled with excitement, anticipation, and nerves.  We had been planning, getting shots, making arrangements for our kids, and of course, packing.  We left Columbus for Chicago on an 8 a.m. flight.  This particular flight is rather short, about an hour and 20 minutes, but our adventure had begun!  And then, we had to sit in the Chicago airport until about 4 p.m. for our next leg of the trip to London.  What a letdown!  All that anticipation and excitement only to sit in an airport terminal for the next six hours.

The stage of life we are in right now seems similar to that airport terminal.  We have been filled with excitement, anticipation, and nerves as we have walked on this path of Homeland Ministry Assignment.  There has been much planning, making lots of arrangements, and plenty of packing!  We closed on the sale of our house September 16 and moved into temporary housing.  Lord willing, we leave Ohio for Arizona on December 28.  You might be asking, “why the wait?”  Our middle son, Elijah, is taking a college course through his high school and needs to complete the semester in order to get college credit.  Plus, we aren’t completely funded, although we have almost reached 100 percent.  So, for now, we wait.  In all honesty, at times, it can be a bit of a letdown.  

But during this time of waiting, we are thanking God for His provisions.  

  • We have been so blessed by our home church allowing us to stay in a church-owned house for these in-between months.

  • We are thankful for this pause in activity that permitted Doug to have surgery on a hand that was causing him much pain.  This time of waiting gives him time to recuperate.

  • This period of waiting provides time with our much-loved relatives and church family that we will so miss when we move to Arizona!  We thank God for these moments.

  • We are thankful to only be 3.5 hours away from Noah as he has adjusted to college life and not 27 hours. (Driving distance from Wilmore, Ky to Peoria, Az)

We thank you all for your continued prayers, encouragement, and support.  We thank you that you are still with us in this waiting period!  We look forward to being able to share with you the exciting news that we have arrived at the Southwest Indian Ministry Center!

God bless you! Doug & Becky Darfus


Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to this who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.


God is good and faithful!  He has been with us and has brought us from 0% to 100% of our basic level funding because He calls us to go and make disciples.  We continue to ask people to pledge monthly support and be a part of our team.  If we end up with more than 100%, then we will be able to cover unexpected costs that may arise ministering to the Native American youth.  We will leave that up to the Almighty one who calls us to go.  Will you join us?


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