"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."  Proverbs 16:9

Stepping Along

March 8, 2013

Spring in northern California:  balmy, bright days in the low 70s, interrupted by a couple days of thunderstorms and pouring rain.  This is the stuff of our childhood memories, brought back to us as we have settled in to the Redding area, where we both grew up.

On this leg of our partnership ministry trip, we have been even more reflective as we look back on the journey through which the LORD has led us, which proved to have more twists and turns than we imagined as we began our life together in our teen years.  When we left our home church with the goal of full-time pastoral ministry, it had not "entered into [our] heart what the Lord had prepared for [us]."  So here our days are filled with retracing the steps the Lord directed in the intervening 22 or so years as we retell the grace of God in our life to many old friends on a daily basis.  ("Old"??  Did I write "old"?!  I merely meant "from the past"!)
Equipped for ministry in remote Alaska villages!  We never could have planned these steps: 
Pastor (B.A., Faith Baptist Bible College; M.A., Baptists For Israel Institute;
M.Div., Northwest Baptist Seminary)
U.S. Marine Corps Aviator (though technically too old!)
Los Angeles Police Officer
That job with LAPD gave him the "in" he needed to be hired on in Fairbanks, which enabled us to move to Alaska.  Spending the last five years as a cop on the streets of Fairbanks showed James the needs of Alaska natives, up close and personal.
As we recount God's directing of our steps, we have realized that there another piece of equipment God has provided:  He moved us extensively around the country through the various careers (21 addresses in the first 16 years of our marriage!), and we have enjoyed forming friendships with many, many dear people - including you!  We believe that these relationship were also provided by God to prepare us for this full-time ministry, because we cannot do it on our own.  We need partners, both in the spiritual realm as prayer warriors, and in the physical realm as financial backers.

Summertime is coming.  The field is waiting.  Would you prayerfully consider whether the Lord has equipped YOU to partner with us in Alaskan ministry?  We would love to connect you to the fulfillment of the Great Commission's mandate of "making the uttermost parts of the earth!"

To the Praise of His Glory,

James and Shannon Miller

P.S.  If we are not in your area, we would love to talk to you more about the ministry via phone or Skype.

Sunday, March 10, 9:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
Grace Baptist Church, Redding, CA
Monday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.
GBC Women's Missionary Fellowship (Shannon)
Sunday, March 17
Sunrise Bible Fellowship, Red Bluff, CA
Sunday, March 24
Fort Dick Bible Church, Crescent City, CA
Sunday, March 31 - EASTER
~April 1-3:  Bay area
~April 4
Arrive in Oceanside, CA, for southern CA ministry
April 9-16:  James flying (commercially) to Alaska to fly for and teach in the first training module offered by Alaska Freedom Journey
May 2-4:  InterAct Annual Missions Conference, Anchorage, AK

Our mailing address is:
James & Shannon Miller, PO Box 73204, Fairbanks, AK  99707  907-322-0320

InterAct Ministries, 31000 SE Kelso Rd, Boring, OR  97007

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