So, we are excited to share that our partnership team is growing steadily. Many wonderful Jesus followers have caught the vision for healthy churches in the cities of Mexico and have stepped up to partner with us. Now over ten families have committed to partnering with us and comprise 15% of our needed monthly budget.
Last month we received the good news that the Community at Lake Ridge (TCAL) church has committed to partnering with us as our ‘sending church’ and living link in the United States. I have known this 'community blessing' church since they were a young church plant, eight years ago in Mansfield, Texas. I was a member of TCAL when I taught in Texas and had the joy to serve as aSunday school teacher for children’s church. TCAL has been very faithful to support and encourage me in the calling to church planting. It's a blessing that they have adopted our family as their principal ministry in Latin America. Glory to God! We are so thrilled to be partnered with a church so dedicated to the growth of God’s kingdom through new churches starting.
We have scheduled to travel throughout the remainder of 2017 [Washington State in August, Dallas Texas over Labor Day, Kentucky in September, Ohio in October, Indiana, and Illinois in November] and into January of 2018 [Texas and Oklahoma in January] to continue to develop our team of partners in ministry and visit those who have already begun partnering with us in prayer and share about our calling as we invite more to catch the vision and join the team. We plan to move to Queretaro, Mexico, in February of 2018.
We have begun our travel and our first stop has been to visit the Pacific Northwest (Washington and Oregon) where I was born and where much of my family still live. We have had a wonderful time visiting family, friends and churches, camping, blueberry picking and sharing about our ministry. Visiting has been so uplifting and fun but most fun of all has been introducing our baby Caleb.
Travel is a challenge but also so much fun with a sweet little (2-month-old) baby. It's amazing to see him growing and learning everywhere we go. Patricia and I have had the same struggles as many new parents (little sleep) but it has also given me such joy to be a dad, to be with my boy, and to see my bride being an amazing mother. We both cherish the chance to take these steps in faith together and begin this ministry as a family.
We are now 20 days into our goal of full funding by 150 days. As we continue partnership development we look forward to visiting good friends, making new friends, and sharing all about what Jesus has called us to. Let us know if you would like to see us, visit with us, hear from us, or if you may be able to host us when we visit and please keep us in your prayers!
All for Jesus,
Joe and Patricia Klein