Greetings and salutations to one and all! Here is a quick update about our preparation for the mission field in Queretaro, Mexico (launching Feb. 2018).
It seemed good to us and to the Holy Spirit to share our mission with people spanning across distant regions of the United States (since both Patty and I grew up overseas) and we trust God to build a support team around us as we go.
Our plan for me to teach in Texas last year was a good one because it allowed us to start partnership development over the Summer. In June, our support team began building as we visited Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, and Washington... now we have just arrived in Kentucky.
Throughout September, we will be visiting churches and individuals in Kentucky, Ohio in October, then Indiana and Illinois on our way to the ICOM (international conference on Missions), and Impacto Latino board of directors annual meeting in November.
Our schedule in Kentucky and Ohio is nearly full but there are some dates in our schedule still open and others that could be flexible so we are excited for surprise divine appointments along the way (hint, hint)! God has continued to open doors to share our vision and He has provided for our needs, safety, and encouragement. Each home we have stayed in and everywhere we have shared has been such a cool blessing and we are thankful for all who believe in us, in our ministry, and in the Lord our God.
We invite you to pray with us for all affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico.
On a sad note; an amazing man whose life was a testimony of the love of our God and one of our dear friends, Brian Buwalda, was killed by a downed power line while helping a neighbor during Hurricane Irma in Orlando Florida. It is sad to say goodbye but we know he is in paradise with our Lord!
Brian was a great follower of Jesus and one of our main support partners (and sponsored a visit to Israel this December). Brian often talked about the two roles in answering the commission to spread the Gospel and share Jesus; those sending and those going hard at work, as one team, each doing his part. Brian understood that and humbly lived his part of the gospel-sharing team through faithful financial support, encouragement, and prayer... we are so thankful for Brian's work for the kingdom which will have a ripple effect and will see many, many, souls brought to the Lord.
We are thankful to share that our team in Queretaro is safe after the big earthquake to the south as they were out of the range of direct impact. Mexico City was shaken pretty hard though and we are praying for those affected and the families of those who died. There have been 323 confirmed deaths due to earthquakes in central Mexico this month. The urgency for people to know Jesus has never been greater than now. Let us step up and be a part of the gospel-sharing team together!
All for Jesus,
Joe and Patricia Klein