Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
3 John 5-8
Today, I submitted my missionary proposal to the Elder Council of my church, for their review and consideration. My hope is that the elders will accept my proposal and commission me to serve the church as an evangelist and domestic missionary.
What I have proposed to the elders is that they provide ecclesiastic and spiritual oversight and accountability for the mission. Financial oversight and accountability will be provided by Bill Adams' organization, Revival USA. Revival USA will provide the mission with tax-exempt status, receipting to donors, basic bookkeeping, and annual tax preparation.
In the meantime, financial circumstances have led Mahria and I to seek local employment (of course, only part-time for me). I've had to swallow and repent a certain amount of pride, as Mahria has not had to work outside the home for over twenty-five years. So, you can pray for me as God continues to strip me of pride, during this season.
While we want to live by faith and not by sight, believing that God will one-day fully fund the mission, Mahria and I must also exercise wisdom and discernment regarding the care and support of not only ourselves, but our three adult daughters.
So, while we continue to wait on the Lord to see how He will provide for our family (and we know He will, because He always has), if the Lord places it on your heart to support us during this transition, we would be very grateful.