Deputation has certainly been a faith-building experience. We have seen God orchestrate events and outcomes that only He could accomplish. We have seen souls saved as a result of our ministry efforts, we have seen God miraculously create an open door to Finland, and we have seen God do it all through the midst of a global pandemic. From the start of our deputation journey, we were told to expect at least 3 years on the road, but we asked God for it to be no more than 2. We have 3 months remaining until our 2 year deputation anniversary, and it appears God has been orchestrating an answer to that request as well. Our arrival in Finland by the end of summer would allow us time to get settled and enrolled in the fall language courses. This translates to our needing 22 more churches or individuals to take us on for support by the end of July. We ask that you would also intercede in prayer on our behalf that God would move those churches and individuals to begin supporting us.
As we, by faith, anticipate God to work on our behalf, we are making preliminary preparations for our departure. We have begun to participate in the Duolingo Finnish learning to get acclimated with basic Finnish words and phrases. As stated in our last letter, we have all of our children’s passports ready. The process to apply for residency permits is 1-4 months, but we know God is able to expedite that. (We are waiting until receiving 85% support to begin that process.) Finland requires a residency permit and 14 days of quarantine, 2 negative COVID-19 tests, the vaccine, or proof of recovery upon arrival. (Finland has dogs trained to smell out the COVID-19 virus in the airport as they screen incoming arrivals.)
May 21st marked the end of school for the children. Nicole was able to take Pre-K/K-5 graduation pictures with Clark and Jake. When Jake saw the graduation cap on Clark, he said, “Clark you have a square pizza cap on!” June and July will have us bouncing between Minnesota and Pennsylvania with stops in between.
- Praise: 8 new supporting churches since the last letter. We are receiving 68% with an additional 9% possible.
- Praise: School is on summer break
- Prayer: Safe travels to meetings and no mechanical issues
- Prayer: To have 22 more churches/individuals take us on for support
- Prayer: Clark’s and Jake’s salvation
- Prayer: To be on the field by the end of summer