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August/September 2019 update

…And away we go! We are officially on deputation to be missionaries to Finland! It seems like it took us forever and a half to get to the starting line, but it was well worth the wait.

We had several exciting events occur on our trip down to California, a few more while we were there, yet our God was able to answer prayer. God kept us safe, God allowed us to arrive on time for Nicole’s sister’s wedding, and God allowed us to accomplish other needful tasks that were unexpected.

One night on our trip to California, the RV would not start up. Thankfully, the Lord allowed us to be located in the driveway of the campsite we were staying at when it stopped working. The owners allowed us to hook up there for the night. After a good night’s sleep and looking at several causes of what the issue could be, a loose cable was properly re-attached and we were able to leave without too much time wasted. Tightening the cable also seemed to fix an electrical issue we experienced with the RV.

Our first Saturday back in California was a Summer Outreach Spectacular at Lancaster Baptist Church. I was able to share the gospel with a man. While he did not trust Christ that very moment, he said something very peculiar that stuck out to me: “I have to think all of this through a bit more. I am not going to give my life over to Jesus and immediately turn around and do something that He will not like.” He obviously appeared to have an understanding he was not only adding Jesus into his life, but also subtracting sin from it as well.

With our time in Lancaster completed, we were looking forward to adjusting to deputation life. As soon as we left Barstow, CA city limits (en route to our first meeting), we had a double tire blow out on our left rear axle. Praise the Lord for insurance and roadside assistance. The blowout happened at 9pm and we were back on the road by 2am. The frequency of these mechanical issues happening have prompted Nicole to write them in a journal to log how God has protected us.

As I finish writing this update, I am reminded of God’s presence – even in the midst of difficulty, God’s power – to keep us safe, and God’s provision – even with travel difficulty, God already had the plan to sort everything out.

  • Praise: Safe trip to BIMI May 31-June 1 (and return: June 8-10)
  • Praise: Safe trip to California (July 8-10)
  • Praise: Vacation Bible Time at Northstar Baptist Church went well
  • Praise: Safe trip to Michigan for our first meeting
  • Prayer: Safe travels to meetings (and no more mechanical issues)
  • Prayer: Clark’s and Jake’s salvation
  • Prayer: The man I met in Lancaster to be saved
  • Prayer: To be on the field by June 2021
Sending Church: Lancaster Baptist Church • 4020 E Lancaster Blvd • Lancaster, CA 93535
Mission Board: Baptist International Missions, Inc. • PO Box 9 • Harrison, TN 37341
Contact: (661) 731-3370 • andrew.wippler@gmail.com • WipplersToFinland.com
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