Dawn Returns to South Africa!
Dawn returns to Paarl South Africa, February 10-23, with an 11 person team with Proclaim. Paarl is about an hour outside Cape Town. Proclaim will once again be partnering with a local ministry called Monte Cristo. This is an organization dedicated to working in the townships (some would call them slums) among those living in deep poverty and exposed to broken social conditions including gang & drug problems and rampant crime. Monte Cristo provides meals for thousands of young people and provides resources for families and “at risk” youth. The team will be working with youth and adults teaching “life skills” such as Bible, English language, cooking, sewing, art, computers etc. Dawn’s specific role will be to teach sewing. These are practical skills that can make a big difference in the lives of chronically under resourced people. It also presents an opportunity to interact with people, encourage them and engage in spiritual conversations about faith in God. We are so grateful to be able to come alongside Monte Cristo to love and serve marginalized people and partner with them in reaching the lost for Jesus Christ!
Steve Headed to Croatia for The “Ima Nade” Missions Conference Feb. 20-22
Ima Nade in the Croatian language translates to “There Is Hope”. It also happens to be the name of the Croatian ministry center of our mission Proclaim International. Ima Nade organizes this annual conference where pastors and other church leaders come from all over The Balkans to gather and fellowship. There will be people coming from Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo. It will be a time of vision casting, mutual encouragement, corporate prayer, spiritual renewal and an opportunity to hear how God is working in all corners of The Balkan countries. Since Steve’s focus is The Balkan countries, it is also an excellent opportunity to network and seek Holy Spirit led connections and ministry opportunities. One of the main speakers at the conference will Dr. Tim Savage, a founding members of The Gospel Coalition. Steve will be in Croatia from Feb. 20-25.
Please pray for Steve’s mother Mary. We have requested prayer for Mary pretty consistently in the past but she has struggled more as of late. Please pray that God would give her some level of consistency in her health and the way she feels. As always and more importantly, please pray for her salvation.
Please pray for a man Steve had an opportunity to witness to while in Vlore Albania last fall. We have heard that he has continued to go to the local church we were working with. Pray that he will continue to grow and become a passionate and productive follower of Jesus Christ.
We are planning a short trip to California this summer and there are a couple of things we are asking our community to be on the lookout for…
Bianca & Sofia have been saving their nickels and are looking to purchase a solid used vehicle. They will have a budget of about a $5,000-$6,000. If you or anyone knows of a dependable small or mid sized car that we should consider, we would be very grateful. They are planning on taking the car back to Indiana where they will both be attending Taylor University. They will also be looking to borrow a vehicle before a car for purchase may come available.
Bianca and Sofia are also looking for summer jobs. They need to earn resources to help pay for university. If you know of an opportunity for them, please let us know. They will be in California this summer for two months from about June 25 – August 25.
Lastly, Sofia will be needing hours behind the wheel to prepare for her California Drivers License. Since she will be there a full month before Dawn and I arrive, it would be good for her to be able to get some driving time with another adult before Dawn and I arrive. A trip to the store or an errand in town would be perfect! If you are so inclined to help out in this way, it would be very much appreciated. Thank you!
Here are Bianca and Sofia’s E-mail addresses if you hear of anything…
We continue to be grateful for each of you who pray for our family and love & support us in this Kingdom building work!!
With much love in Christ Jesus,
steve, dawn, bianca and sofia
Some of What’s Next?
- February 10-23 – Dawn on mission with Proclaim in South Africa
- February 20-25 –Ima Nade Missions Conference in Croatia
- March – Ministry Development in Albania/Macedonia
- April 23-26– Partnership with Chrischona Theological Seminary in Switzerland
- May 28-June 7 – Croatia – New Church dedication, celebration and outreach in Mačkovac
- Local, regional and international Ministry planning and development
- Drum Circle Outreach with Refugees
- Serving in our local German Church G5 meineKirche
- Meetings with national believers for on-going recruitment efforts
- Dawn’s continued work in the Finance office at The Black Forest Academy
- Evangelistic Outreach Program Development with Team Germany