Monday, April 28, 2014

Almost There!

The last few weeks I have been amazed at how God works behind the scenes. Just a little update on where we are in our support raising...

We are down to our last $1,620 in one time to raise and $847.52 in monthly gifts. That could be 10 families giving $84.752, watch me move that decimal!

We are so incredibly grateful for each of you who has partnered with us in this endeavor.  We cannot wait to board a plane and join our team in Indonesia!  They're the greatest--in the future we'll do some spotlight posts to introduce you guys to them.  You're going to love them too.

In the meantime, don't forget to click on the link in the sidebar if you want to help us get to our goal!  We've been praying to see full funding come in by May 1.  Pray with us?

Monday, April 7, 2014

We found a house!
Our team leader had spent weeks walking past this house. Praying for it to become available for us. Well... we got it! Here is a link that to see photos of the house House Pics

It's exactly what we need 3 bedrooms (so come on and visit) 2 bathrooms. It's only a few blocks away from our office, across the street from some other team mates. Shoot it was exactly what we had budgeted for housing.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

So this happened...

So some background. 
1. Holden's tooth has been hanging by a... what ever teeth hang by
2. Courtney was out for the night so I wasn't particularly wanting to pull it with out
3. Turner was my DP
At which point he tells me, "its not ready yet, see I can get my fingers under the tooth, *grasps his tooth and looks like he is really getting in there* see?" 

Then pop!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

117 Days

Yesterday marked 117 days since our first support-raising meeting. And that was how long it took for me to become discouraged for the first time.

I had been really excited the previous day to learn we had a car provided for us in Indo (yay!!), but when Ryan and I sat down to re-do the budget yesterday, I basically just shut down. We had to move numbers around and I just became overwhelmed with the utter bigness of it all. I huffed, puffed, said short words to Ryan, and declared my hatred of money and finances.

But then.

This morning I sleepily and somewhat dutifully sat down to my coffee and Bible. I've been reading a chapter a day in Isaiah this month. (Warning: the first half of that book is pretty much doom and gloom.) But today I sat down to unveil these gems from Isaiah 26:

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, 
all whose thoughts are fixed upon you! 
Trust in the Lord always, 
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. 

For those who are righteous, 
the way is not steep and rough. 
You are a God who does what is right, 
and you smooth out the path ahead of them. 

Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; 
our heart's desire is to glorify your name. 

Lord, you will grant us peace; 
all we have accomplished is really from you."

Such rich comfort from those words. My path will not be steep and rough, but smooth as long as my thoughts are fixed on the Lord. PLUS, I'm accomplishing nothing anyway; it's all God's doing. And He can just keep on doing all the hard stuff while I simply listen and obey.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Good News! Sorta

A family that was on the team in Indonesia is leaving early, 
but they gave their car to the team, so we won't need to raise funds for a car anymore. Wahoo! With that in mind we are moving some of our budget around and have updated these nifty little things.

We are shooting for $62311.43 in one time costs and $3460.22 in monthly costs. Wanna see me break it down?

wait... here are the right ones

Would you like to see this thermometer burst? Click here for a direct link to online giving. If you choose to use a credit card be aware that 3% of your gift goes to the credit card people. Feel free to just bank draft it!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

How is the Support Raising going?

We are so excited to have been able to raise this much in such a short period of time. 

Monthly Raised includes any pledged amounts.

Would you like to see this thermometer burst? Click here for a direct link to online giving. If you choose to use a credit card be aware that 3% of your gift goes to the credit card people. Feel free to just bank draft it!

Friday, February 7, 2014

What will you do?

We have a few main platforms that Courtney and I will be involved with while in Indo.
  1.            We take Bible stories and animate them.  These animations could then be used online, in Sunday Schools, Christian Schools and/or in family devotions. Many stories have been animated before, but almost all are locked down with copyrights, and very few publishers have a view beyond the English speaking world. These animations would be done initially in English, Indonesian, Mandarin and Mongolian with a plan for more languages to follow.
  2.            We are in the midst of developing an app that will house these animations, as well as games and learning tools for studying the Bible. The focus is getting these apps translated into as many languages as possible.
  3.            Synthesize and animate the life calling of Christians in a way that makes the ideas more easily understandable.
  4.             Create evangelism tools to help people share the Gospel, in a more contextual way, with people from other cultures.

These projects are strategic in their content and audience. The languages we are working with first cover most of the population of the world.

“Life inside the Circle.”

Inside the circle there are more people than in the rest of the world. Add to that fact that there exists one of the largest populations of kids 4-14 years old. ADD TO THAT fact there exist more users of Facebook (really any social media) in that area than anywhere else. Did you know that Indonesia is the 3rd largest user of Facebook in the world?

Sometimes it’s easier to see than to imagine…
 I love info graphics…

Some links to our websites.