June/July 2019 update

April and May are now behind us and we have just begun to experience a 10 day streak without several inches of snow fall. Andrew has already begun letting the majority of his clients know that he will be ceasing work relationships in the coming days. It was amazing to see God provide sustained freelance work while assuming the Bi-Vocational Assistant Pastor role at Northstar Baptist Church. Only a few clients will be kept until we can transition into full-time deputation.

In June, we will be attending BIMI Candidate school year 1. We have already been approved BIMI missionaries since December 2018, but now we are attending the first of the two weeks of training. After this training week is over, we will return to Duluth, MN to help out in Northstar Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible Time. We will be canvassing our town for a week and then see how God will work in the lives of these children who attend. Last year we saw 120 children in attendance and 10 made a public profession for salvation.

In July, we will say goodbye to the friends we made in Duluth and head back to California to attend a wedding. While in California, we will have time to visit both of our families for a few days. We will then head back to the north for our first meeting on July 28th in Michigan.

  • Praise: Meg was baptized Apr 28th
  • Praise: Steve completed discipleship
  • Praise: Our car tow dolly arrived before our trip to BIMI
  • Prayer: Safe trip to BIMI May 31-June 1 (and return: June 8-10)
  • Prayer: Safe trip to California (July 8-10)
  • Prayer: Vacation Bible Time at Northstar Baptist Church (June 17-20)

The Wipplers to Finland

We are the Wippler family on our way to be your Missionaries to Finland.

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We began Deputation July 28, 2019 (full time traveling since August 28, 2019) and are planning to be on the field by Summer 2021.

April/May 2019 update

As Paul wrote in 1 Tim 1:12, “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;” I can share in the same gladness. As we left California in July 2017, the Lord gave us some money from the sale of our house that we used to purchase a new, previously owned RV. This past week, we were able to park our 2002 Fleetwood Bounder 36U at my Grandparent’s house in Little Falls, MN.

We cannot help but think that this RV was specifically given to us by God. With only 78,000 miles and 29 generator hours, the RV offers a 6 person sleeping capacity. It is also equipped with wood floors, two solar panels, an auto-leveling system, a washer and dryer combo unit, and a water heater.

We are looking forward to the many miles we will put on this RV. The children are already talking about moving into the “Camper Van.”

Looking ahead to May, we will be refurnishing the RV, Mollie and Meg will finish up the school year, I will be getting a few fishing days in, and we will pack up the RV for the first week of BIMI Candidate school.

Finland Overview

Finland is a first world country with a church run state. Seventy-one percent of the population are members of the Lutheran state church but only 2% actually attend. Christianity has been present in Finland since the 11th century and the Lutheran Church became prominent in the 16th century. Since the 1970’s the fastest growing religion in Finland has been no religion. Today 26% of the 6 million population are claiming no religious affiliation.