The Impacto Latino team served the candidates families well with thoughtful preparation and careful attention, and in so setting a new high standard for future assessments in Latin America. One candidate is a good fit for lead pastor and another for the residency program with our first church plant. Praise the Lord!
We had an excellent visit to Florida. We met with four churches there, and were blessed by new friends and dear friends, even my professor of preaching from my time in Kentucky Christian University. We also had fun seeing some beautiful beaches, birds, and big alligators! We are praying for the churches sharing the love and good news of Jesus in Florida, especially for our friends at Community Christian Church in Parkland.
We visited Oklahoma at the beginning of this month. While sharing with a wonderful country church in a town called, Lone Wolf, I connected with a men's ministry called, True North, across Oklahoma and beyond. They invited me to join them on a guys retreat, called ‘Basecamp’ next month, so we will be returning to Oklahoma during the first week of April.
Our board of directors of Impacto Latino have insisted that we reach at least 90% of our original budget in order to move to the field. We are now up to 66% of our budget ($4,100 committed monthly support of $6,200 a/month needed) so we are still short $2,100 a/month. We are also making great progress, we've raised over two thirds of our goal of $30,000 for the one-time launch fund. We have been praying and working tirelessly to build our support team and we are very thankful to the Lord for bringing so many people alongside of us. Together, we aim to share the gospel impact.
The process of raising support usually takes a pre-field missionary family about two years. God has given us impressive progress in these 8 months but we're not quite there yet. Due to lack of funding, we have had to delay our move to Mexico. Originally our proposed launch date was March… Our new launch date is May 2018.
Please, trust God with reckless faith, and keep us in your prayers.
God bless you!