Dear Praying Friends,
This prayer update has been delayed on purpose. There have been so many developments in our lives and ministry recently that we felt we should wait until certain details were clearer before sharing.
A Door Closes
Over the last year we have shared with you our burden and vision for a French-speaking Bible Institute here in Québec. Yet, God has finally made it plain through many different ways that this is not what He would have for us at this time. We deeply love the family of churches that we have worked with here for 28 years. Our feeling is that God will in time provide the Québécois leadership from these churches that is necessary for a school to continue. Would you help us pray for that?
Wherever He Leads
Recently, a seasoned Québécois pastor told his congregation to whom Mike had just preached "Mike is the most Québécois American Missionary that I have ever known." We praise God for this testimony to His grace in our commitment over the years to cross-cultural missions! And yes, we are still missionaries who have a burden for cross-cultural ministry in the French language. And we still have a burden to help train nationals. We are still seeking God’s direction as far as where and how.
A Short Term Opportunity
Sparky and Myndii Clancy are one of three IFM families who serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were a real encouragement to the work in Québec City when they came here to learn French four years ago. God has used Sparky to begin “Institut Biblique Baptiste du Congo” (The Bible Institute of Congo) for the training of national pastors in the interior of this Central African nation. These dear African pastors are eager to be trained and the Clancy’s have been praying for French-speaking help. We desire to go and could do so as early as February of next year and stay initially for as long as six months.
Keeping on Keeping On
We praise the Lord for His protection during the two trips that we have made to the Southeast since our last prayer update. God continues to give good deputation meetings! The next trip will last for more than two months and begins by way of the Carolinas, then to the Northwest, and finally through Indiana. The first leg of the journey involves moving Catherine to live with the Sandquists in SC where she will seek employment and continue towards her goal of returning to school!
We have given you much for which to pray in this update, and in a very condensed format. We look forward to sharing more news with you in the near future as God sheds light on our path. In the meantime please know that we covet your prayers as much now as ever before in the 30 years that we have had the privilege of being your missionaries.