Circumstances are going to allow us to accelerate our furlough and church plant schedule! This comes with blessings and challenges that we would ask you to pray with us about.
I am pleased to announce that we are expecting our 3rd!
Timing of this baby!
The Lord’s timing is not always ours! Little baby Bassham is bashing up our plans already. The due date falls right at the tail end of our original furlough plans, and therefore right at the start of the hardest work of planting a church — the beginning!
So, we are making some adjustments.
We finished language school and are ready to plant a new church!
The time has come and the foundation has been laid. So, in addition to the new baby, our hearts and minds are eager to get to this work as soon as possible and start a new church.
Our scheduled furlough isnt until December!
Our predicted time to finish up language school, recommended time from our mission board, and most natural time of transition all pointed to December, so that is what we have been planning for. Therefore, by changing the dates, we are also starting over from scratch and our schedule is pretty open now.
So, we would ask for your help and prayers to schedule this accelerated itinerary on such a quick timeframe!
We are moving up our furlough to ASAP!
As in next week.
We are excited that this leads to a much earlier start on our church plant, and a beginning sooner than anticipated!
Starting next week, we will be scheduling time to report to churches and raise additional support until mid-December, when we will go visit family for Christmas and then return to Thailand.
Raising the needed funds on an accelerated schedule!
A sudden move like this creates a big problem for us. We had planned to be in several churches and conferences that were considering helping us reach our financial goals for this next phase of life and ministry, but schedule changes also have cancelled most of those appointments.
We are asking the Lord to help us raise an additional $500/mo. for 3 main needs:
- Our new little family member. This will be our 2nd since arriving!
- Additional ongoing costs from our current bedget that come with a new church. (Rent, utilities, advertising, activities, etc, that we will be responsible for at the beginning.)
In addition, we are also asking you to pray about funds for 2 big expenses.
- The startup costs for the launch of the new church!
- Travel costs associated with our furlough.
The accelerated schedule puts a lot of pressure on these goals, so we would ask you to especially pray with us about this.
We will be sharing more in the days to come, but want to keep you up to date on these big changes happening for us!
Thank you for praying!