Recently you heard from Mark and read about his journey in our move to
In my time here in the US I have lived through an incredible array and depth of experiences: I have encountered a church family that adopted me fresh off the Brazil boat and fell in love with my country; I have studied at an amazing University and earned a degree under professors who exemplified to me a life of Godly wisdom and charisma; at school I formed friendships with wonderful men and women of God whom have many times been His presence and comfort in my life; I have had the chance to travel and study in Europe and fall in love with the cultures and people of far lands; I have met and married my favorite person; I have moved cross country to – hands down – the coldest place I will ever settle, and here have fallen in love with my Kaiser side, who carried me through my first depressing northern winter; I have also fallen in love with Buckeye football and fans; I have watched as Mark and I minister together to a youth group who has forever changed my life.
And after living through seven full American years, I have occasionally hesitantly stripped down to blunt honesty and asked myself “is
For those of you who have been to
And how humbling to be invited back by my very own home church! These friends, whom have become family, have seen me through most of my journey to this point (the good, the bad and the ugly) and have recognized in me a God given passion to minister and serve. Either that or I have been redeemed since they met Mark.
So please know that moving home does not mean choosing the path of least resistance in my life. It means following a passion and calling that I will not choose to ignore.
We are very excited about taking up the ministries we have been invited to lead! These include leading the youth group, directing a ministry for young married couples, establishing an internship program, and a social work ministry that the church would like us to launch to help the unemployed in the community.
I have always loved working with youth. The years in which kids establish their own identities are incredibly crucial for developing a relationship with Christ. This importance is heightened in the Itu church where many of the high school members are the first Christians in their families. Many times it is through their faith that their families are reached.
Also we will be establishing an internship program for high school graduates and college students to come and work for the church. We will also host short term mission campaigns, an opportunity for your family. Mark’s life was changed forever when he took a year off before college and served the Lord in
You have heard our stories now. However, do not just read our letters! We are holding many home gathering where we will be sharing our hearts, ministry opportunities, and transition needs more intimately. We will need the help of those who would like to partner with us in prayer and finances to make this all happen. Please call us for directions to any of the gatherings, or to set one up that works for you. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Mark & Ali Kaiser
Bill & Janine Ganger
David & Kelly Kaiser
Jim & Kim Haring
Mike & Marcie Gauch
Dave & Sue Rule
David & Mitzi Adams
Ed & Marcia Alred
Shane & Karen Smith