Not only did this leave our hearts deeply aching for much-needed time with our family (it’s been over 3 years!), but it also prevented us from being able to visit with supporters and churches to provide in-person ministry updates and appeal for new support.
We must give glory to God that only a small portion of our ongoing support has dropped off during the last few months and, in fact, we’ve been blessed with a few increases which have helped offset the drops, and some amazingly generous one-off gifts that have been vitally helpful. We do try to regularly say “thank you” personally to all who give, but we can’t miss a chance to do it publicly as well. So, to each of you who give so faithfully to help our family impact the UK for Jesus… thank you, thank you, thank you!
From the very beginning of this journey, we have been transparent that our incoming support doesn’t cover our outgoing expenses. Higher cost of living, unfavourable exchange rates and a variety of other factors also affect how far each dollar stretches. To this point, our “reserve funds” (from large one-off gifts) from both the ministry and our personal accounts have been able to help bridge the gap. However, we have now reached a critical point: We no longer have the resources to continue to bridge that gap. This means that without a significant increase in monthly support, UKFJ's funding will be depleted by March 2021.
Without sufficient support, we will not be able to carry on living and ministering in the UK. We will be in the position of having to soon cease our ministry work and projects, pull the kids from school, sell or pack up what we can and return to stay with family in the USA and start over. (Note: The kids are blissfully unaware of all of this at the moment.)
You may know that we have started several “side gigs” in efforts to supplement our support, but none of those have been able to yield any significant income. Perhaps with full-time energy and attention they eventually could, but obviously that time is put into ministry and outreach work… what we are here to do!
So, as you can imagine, this is unsettling for us. A lot of tears have been shed and desperate prayers said as we’ve watched this mountain getting closer and closer in front of us. We know that only the Lord can provide a way over, around or through it... or remove it altogether. As it is, we're praying for a BIG miracle and SOON, as key decisions will need to be made shortly after the New Year. With impact this significant, it can't be left to the last minute.
BUT we do have breaking news to share... there is a really good chance that a trip home in December will become a reality! If so, this would mean both a desperately needed time of refreshing for our hearts and spirits AND the opportunity to share about God's work here, allowing Him the opportunity to move on hearts to inspire others to become a part of making it possible.
We believe God called us here. We know that He has all the resources we need. We also believe that God leads us through seasons, opening and closing doors along the way. But with the financial support to carry on, there is much more we can accomplish for the Kingdom here. Please will you pray with us and for us?
- God's clear guidance and provision for our family and ministry.
- Increase in UKFJ donations - $3,500 per month increase by the New Year
- Funds for UK visa renewal - approx $8,775 by Oct 2021
WAYS TO GIVE
- By making donations directly to UK for Jesus (501c3)
- By shopping our online shop of all-original designs at www.TheShopbyTW.com (Very tiny profit margin, but every little bit helps! Sample from the "UKFJ missions collection" shown below.)
- Through PayPal Giving Fund
- Through Amazon Smile (USA only)
- By sharing with your friends, family and churches who have a heart for missions