MRC has been needing some new board members and last week at our meeting we had 4 new board members plus our new administrative assistant. What wonderful and encouraging answers to prayer!
We are happy to have a couple now on board who have served overseas for the past ten years and have focused on international ministry full-time. She is Member Care Coordinator for their organization and we have already been blessed to collaborate together with her this past year. Another Board Member comes from a large local church nearby and has done many short missions trips and helped missionaries in many practical ways like keeping them in her home when stateside. Marabeth Ringenberg is the wife of our MRC doctor/coach, having lived overseas for over 25 years. She has a natural Member Care heart and will bring depth to our insight and endeavors. And our new admin assist, Conner, has just the experience and heart to help us in practical ways with our office management.
Prayer Needed … for finances
Several times in the past years MRC has come to a rather critical point financially. You may remember that on more than one occasion we have said that unless the Lord intervened MRC would not last more than a few months… and each time the Lord has provided in wonderful ways. MRC is His doing and we trust Him to continue meeting our needs. However….
Now we find ourselves in a similar situation but this time it has an additional critical element. In the past we have had a little buffer in the bank to fall back on, but this time that is not true. At the end of 2013 MRC still had $23,000 in the bank. Through the years that buffer has dwindled and now we have only enough in the bank to cover about one month’s expenses.
So please join us in prayer… as we ask Him for:
- Some significant one time gifts by the end of this year
- Some new monthly supporters and perhaps that those who already support us to increase theirs a bit. (We have lost a few regular supporters this past year, which is normal and to be expected.)
- The additional $1000 needed each month
- Wisdom for us to know if there are changes which should be made to either decrease our expenses or charge more for services we offer.
Oct. 29 – Nov. 3 - Debrief retreat - Next week Linn and I will again be at a debrief in north Georgia. Debriefing seven units (couples or individuals). Please ask the Lord to get these folks there safely as they travel and that each of these will meet the Lord in a new and fresh way as they unpack some of the struggles and challenges they have faced in their overseas experiences.
Here is a testimony from our last debrief: "I can honestly say that during my first month back I did not think I could go back with a willing spirit, but after the retreat I got my excitement back to return to where Father has me serving."
Dec. 5-9 – John and Linn will be doing an individual debrief retreat for a couple back from 33 years of service overseas.