Return to Arizona
Dear family, friends, and ministry partners,
Our time in Ohio
For the past couple of months, we have been on Homeland Ministry Assignment (HMA). HMA is a time where missionaries return to their hometown and visit with people who are ministry partners. The goal of HMA is to deepen relationships with supporters, as well as make new connections. The reality is all our ministry costs have increased significantly, and more people are needed to give monthly financial support.
Our time in Ohio was brief. We were blessed to visit with so many people in such a limited amount of time. It was nice catching up. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to visit with everyone. If you didn’t get to meet with us, and would like to, we’d love to set up a Zoom call to chat for a while. We can even do church services via Zoom if the technology is available.
In the beginning
Looking back on our first term (January 2020 to June 2023), we see many adversities and blessings. To anyone who prayed for us during this term: thank you! Your intercession gave us the strength to persevere through the difficult times and allowed us to see God working through the ministry.
After going through many changes, camps once again are flourishing, but giving campers new experiences in the beautiful environment of Prescott, Arizona.
God provided the partnership with Samaritan’s Purse, allowing us to reach more Native children through a ministry we enjoy and love, Operation Christmas Child.
Our boys have made major adjustments, have made friends, and have been successful in their efforts at school and beyond.
The list goes on. We are grateful for God’s grace, mercy, provisions, and blessings during our first term. We humbly ask you to continue to pray as we start our second term of ministry as career missionaries. The term should last, Lord willing, until Josiah graduates in May 2027. For this to happen we will need the Lord to bring some new ministry partners who can provide monthly financial support. We trust He will lead people to help in this way.
When camps restarted after COVID with the added change of a new location, many families were understandably concerned about sending their child to camp. We’ve come a long way since then. This summer, the SIMC campers participated in their first week-long camp, thanks to the help and support of fellow WGM missionaries, LeRoy and Sandy Anderson.
We knew it was time for week-long summer camps again, but we also knew with HMA, we wouldn’t be around to plan and implement them. We are thankful the Arizona Nazarene District allowed us to partner with them this summer for camp. Because of their willingness to work with us, the Andersons could bring the campers to the same location in Prescott, but without as much planning. The Nazarene district took care of all the camp worship, messages, activities, and planning so LeRoy and Sandy could gather registrations, transport the campers, and enjoy being with the campers as they followed them through the camp experiences. We are so thankful for the Andersons and their continued willingness to help with camps - past, present, and future.
Thanks again for all your prayers and support. None of this would be possible without your commitment of allowing God to use you to support His work.
Doug & Becky