WOW! Summers always seem like the shortest season of the year! Our last three months have been full of packing, fundraising, traveling to say our goodbyes to dear friends and family (5 states in 5 weeks), fundraising, taking our survey trip to Brazil, fundraising, etc. (did I mention fundraising?)… As we prepare for this cross-continental move, our admiration grows exponentially for those who have done this multiple times!
Our departure date, even though we have delayed it slightly, quickly approaches. We purchased one-way airline tickets for September 17th, 2007. This decision was made by faith. Faith that God knows our needs, and will provide the remainder 62% of our monthly budget as He determines.
Each pledge that has come in has made us rejoice! We experience the depths of God’s love and faithfulness through you.
To those who have lived/survived a whirlwind summer and intend to partner with us, but just seem to have lost all available time slots to sit down and budget us in, we still NEED you! As mentioned earlier, we still lack 62% of our monthly budget and 46% of our one-time transition needs.
We are confident that we have made our needs known to the body of Christ, and now we pray to God that those who identify with our mission will become prayer and financial partners (we will keep our blog – www.markandali.blogspot.com -- updated with our status and incoming gray hair count).
And please join us for one last event: there will be a goodbye party at Meadowbrook Church in Dublin, OH, on Sunday, September 16th from 7:00-8:30 pm, and we would love to have you with us!
Thank you for your interest in what God is doing in Brazil. We are very excited to be stepping into a ministry that changes many lives and expands the Kingdom though the grace and love of Jesus Christ. We will keep a bed ready for you.
Mark & Ali