July-September 2017 / Reflecting Back, Looking Ahead
I’d like to introduce you to our new ACCI staff team, adding 3 new members. Top row from the left: Amy Haley, Tracey & Randy Haw, Lauren Roth, me, Daniel Kort and Francesco Abortivi pictured below. Welcome Daniel, Randy & Tracey!
End of the Year Giving Opportunity – I realize this time of year brings with it many important invitations to give one-time financial gifts to the many of us serving with nonprofit organizations. So I would be grateful if you’d consider me and my work with ACCI as you go about making these decisions.
Thank you to all who have already faithfully given. I’m humbled by your ongoing words of encouragement, for reading my updates, for your prayer support and financial gifts.
I apologize for not sending out my usual May financial update. I was in Italy then, and after returning home, I fell behind due to all the changes we’ve been walking through as a staff.
My ACCI finances work like this:
$21,300 is my proposed annual budget for 2017 — $19,920 has already been given as of October 1st!
About 47-50% of my budget goes toward taxes and mission trips, leaving approx. $825 per month to go toward ongoing office, ministry, and personal needs
How you can give: For those who want to give a one-time financial gift to help me meet my yearly budget for this year, any amount would be appreciated. Just go online to our ACCI website HERE, choose Donate US$ or CAN$, then choose if you’d prefer to give monthly or a one-time gift & the amount. Then find my name listed alphabetically under United States and you’re done! If you’d prefer to send a check through regular mail, let me know and I will email you a giving slip. ACCI will then send you a tax receipt for your tax purposes. Thank you, all!
ACCI Annual Board Meetings
I’ve just returned from our annual ACCI board meetings held in Ottawa, Canada. It was an encouraging time together agreeing that God is expanding ACCI for his Kingdom purposes. As a staff team, we have had a very full year of change. We’ve needed to change our systems to meet the Canadian and U.S. nonprofit government requirements, which launched us into a significant adjustment process in just about every area of our administration. We’ve worked together in all 3 of our ACCI offices to do this conversion and are finally moving into the stage of implementation. As we train new staff, welcoming the addition of their gifts and talents, we realize this brings with it another adjustment period. But we’re trusting the Lord in it all as he has proven himself faithful every step of the way. Please enjoy some pictures at the end of my blog entry from our time in Canada together.
Member Care & Debriefing – I wanted to share a few things that have been happening as I’ve been serving with ACCI. Along with the many Skype meetings I do with our missionaries internationally, I’ve also had the privilege to travel, offering debriefing face-to-face with our contractors returning to their countries of origin, oftentimes finding the adjustment to be an incredible challenge and discovering home isn’t as it was previously defined.
I met with Rose and Lee M. in July (debriefing done in Canada) who’ve served faithfully in a sensitive country (not pictured) helping bring the written Word of God to those in need of it.
And Stephanie, Ed and Teleatha H. in August (debriefing done in Texas along with Amy Haley) who served in Chile for 10+ years.
I learn so much from our missionaries as they entrust their stories to us. One of the topics we discuss together is how accumulative stresses affects us when changing countries and facing the unexpected. Here are some of the things that were most challenging for those returning to the U.S. and Canada after serving internationally for a lengthened amount of time:
- Being older now and dealing with the repercussions of that reality
- The North American pace is much faster
- I’m forced to adapt, to give up personal choices
- Looking for a job is not at all what I expected
- Ministry changes in churches
- Paperwork & technology requirements; everything being online now
- Drivers license & health insurance changes
- Diet adjustments; sleep habits changing due to cultural demands
- Rent requirements, grocery shopping, choices are endless, reestablishing a home, high utility bills and taxes
- Younger generation changes and how this affects mature, older missionaries
- Daily challenges such as: using a debit card at a gas pump, changing a tire on a newer vehicle, toll roads, navigating traffic & freeways, road rage, rental car procedure
- “Out with the old, in with the new” dynamic in North American culture
- Saying goodbye to friends made cross-culturally
- Spiritual warfare and climate dynamic changes
I was moved as I listened to them, wanting to learn how to be more sensitive to their needs.
Member Care Trip, Nicaragua & Costa Rica, November 10-17
I’ve been invited by Jon Overlie (one of my church’s mission leadership members) to travel to Nicaragua in November to meet our newest contractors, Jossiel & Maryurie Diaz and his mother, Karla Prado. My church has a long-term partnership with them. So we are linking arms, coming alongside them to see and learn of their work in Nicaragua. Lauren Roth, ACCI’s Canadian director, will be joining us as well.
After we spend 4 days in Nicaragua, Lauren and I will travel to Costa Rica via a short bus ride to Tamarindo to visit our contractors there, the Watson family, who lead an expat church ministry in that part of the country. We’ve been wanting to visit the Watsons for a couple of years now. We’re blessed that these two trips can work together, keeping costs low.
Please pray with me for all these dear ones serving faithfully in Central America, who are being affected by Hurricane Nate.
Refugee Giving – Thank you to those who have given financially toward the work our ACCI missionaries are doing with displaced immigrants and refugees. Follow our page to see how your donations are being used toward these tremendous needs. You ARE making a difference. To give and learn more, our link is HERE.
ACCI Short-Term Mission Opportunities – Did you know we have several places you’re invited to serve alongside our missionaries? If you’d like to learn more, go HERE and there are One-Page descriptions of how you can serve abroad. I’m currently updating this page with our missionaries, so feel free to contact me if you’re interested and I can share more with you.
From CardsBeyond. You can now build your own card set and select the cards you’d prefer! See the instructions on my ordering page HERE. Any profit from card sales will go toward my mission trips. Thanks for your support with this; you’re an important part of the ACCI team!
More about our new staff team – Along with their own mission work, these team members and friends are investing in our missionaries by joining our staff. Daniel (and Irene) Kort, lives with his family in Germany.
We said goodbye this summer to our Executive/Int’l Director, John Haley, who has invested invaluable guidance to our team. Though Jojn will no longer be in this position, he’ll graciously continue as a consultant, helping us to keep our nonprofit status in good standing. Thank you, John. You’re a blessing to our ministry and our lives.
Our Newest Contractors
- That I might hear from the Lord: his direction and purposes and grow in his Word
- Continued strength, health and good rest as I serve with ACCI from home and abroad
- For our new staff team as we adjust to serving together
- For our ACCI missionary team members who are challenged to explore more strategic ways to share the love of Christ in the nations they’re serving
- Balance for me, what to say yes and no to in the flow of my weekly workload
- As I discern travel choices in the year ahead
- Financial blessing to meet my yearly ACCI personal budget
- Continual covering for Luke & I as a couple, as we serve in our jobs, to be a light of Christ’s love to those around us
Thank you for your invaluable prayers and support. I could not serve without you.
Serving Christ Together,
Financial update — Thank you for being an answer to prayer, for your sacrificial giving and for caring as the “body of Christ” by helping mobilize me in the work of the Lord with ACCI. I am humbled and grateful.
For accountability — I am diligent to pay my taxes quarterly. I want you to know on my days off in mission travel, I carefully and faithfully separate out my personal spending from mission expenses for each mission. Your donation will go toward the mission focus of every mission trip along with my monthly office/ministry/personal needs.
Would you consider becoming a monthly giving partner for one year? And by the way, no amount is too small. If you feel led to do so, just go online to our ACCI website HERE, choose Donate US$ or CAN$ (based on your place of citizenship), then choose if you’d prefer to give monthly or a one-time gift, enter the amount, then find my name listed alphabetically under United States, and you’re done! If you’d prefer to give by check though regular mail, I can gladly email you my ACCI giving slip. You will receive a tax receipt from our ACCI office for your donation and for your tax purposes.
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