Saturday, May 26, 2018

Happy Spring from Colorado Springs!

Greetings from YWAM Colorado Springs!


We came into the base running as the School of Business and Entrepreneurship had its welcome night the day after we arrived.  In the first week my business plan for a recycling center in South Sudan was one of the few selected to work on in groups as a Lean Startup, and so I had to give a 3-min PowerPoint pitch by that Friday.  Talk about jumping right in!  I also have classmates with plans like starting an eco-friendly resort in Papua New Guinea, a coffee shop and roastry in Tel Aviv, mobile hair salon in India, as well as a Stevia farm in Morocco.  Very cool businesses to take off and operate in such a way that they create gainful employment and model the ways of Jesus in all they do.  It is amazing and exciting to see all the possibilities for Kingdom partnership in stewarding the resources God has given us to create wealth, transform societies, and change worldviews.

We just finished the halfway point in the training, and it is steadily getting more challenging as we bring together all the details of a successful business plan.  I am really seeking God if BAM (Business as Mission) is what He is calling us to as a family, not wanting to limit what He can do through us simply because we don't have business backgrounds and it can be very intimidating!  I am more and more convinced impacting the business sphere in developing nations brings truly sustainable development, especially in many parts of Africa where there is great need to restore dignity of the people and expand job opportunities.


Prayer Points:
- Please keep us in prayer for our housing situation.  We are still not certain of our place in the line for staff housing on base, knowing there are a number of families on the waiting list for family rooms.  We are researching apartment complexes in the area as a backup after the school finishes, though really feel it is best for us to stay on base, living, being discipled and discipling others in community, and not getting too isolated as a family.  All in all, we trust the Lord will place us where we need to be for at least these next two years as we grow in Him as a family.

-Please also pray for clarity on the right school to locally register with for homeschooling the kids, beginning in August.  We are hoping to use a mix of curriculum from the local school and our own we have received from the TFN training in Texas.


Testimony:
In our second week here we had a pretty cool testimony happen.  One of the mornings I stepped out of the classroom to use the bathroom when I noticed a boy on a sofa crying and really struggling to breath.  I could see it was an asthma attack and he managed to tell me his mom was running to get the inhaler, but I could see he was really in bad shape.  So I just laid a hand on him and declared peace in Jesus’ Name, asking the Lord to calm him down and heal his condition completely.
Just a moment passed and his breathing totally relaxed, and he yelled in surprise, “I can breath!”  His mom was running from the other side of the hall and he was telling her, "It's ok, someone prayed for me and I'm fine now!"  She came running and was surprised and relieved to see him totally fine.  Her and her husband are doing the DTS here with three kids.  They both thanked me, though I reminded them it is all thanks to our Father who cares for us so much.


Thanks for Giving & Partnering with Us!
To follow-up on the previous info we had sent on a new way to give, our donor number is 677 on the YWAM Colorado Springs website (https://www.ywamcos.org/donate).  So those of you who prefer giving online, you just need to punch that in when prompted.  This is the same website we have used to help support Sudanese staff from time to time, so we know it is very reliable and receipts are given promptly.  A few of you have already given and we are so appreciative, helping us pay off this entrepreneurial course right away!  

Thank you again for partnering with us as we continue to seek alignment with God's purposes in the nations and get the equipping we need as a family.  Your prayers are felt and so appreciated!
For His glory among all nations...
B, T, B and E

Monday, May 7, 2018

Update on our move to Colorado

"...and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."  -- 1 Peter 2:24 (NASB)

Hello all,

A very late Happy Resurrection Day...He is risen indeed!  We are so sorry for not letting you know all at once our sudden change in plans from the initial plan of moving out by April 1st, Easter Sunday.  While the circumstances were not ideal for the change of plans (not having any housing available yet on the CO base campus, and some confusion with our lease agreement), we are very much grateful and see God's hand in having this extra month to wrap things up well here in East Texas.

Thus, the latest is we will be moving out and hitting the road May 1st and staying that night with friends in Amarillo, TX.  Then, the next day, we will hopefully arrive not too late at the CO Springs base, where student housing will be waiting for us.  I then promptly begin the first day of lectures for the School of Business and Entrepreneurship the next day, May 3rd.

Prayers/Praises:
Please PRAY that we will not need to pay further into the month of May, as our current lease now only ends May 9th but our landlord assures us he is doing what he can to see we only pay up to the 1st (this is because I didn't give our 60-day notice confirming our move until March 9th, a little clause I was admittedly ignorant about).

Please also PRAY for staff housing to open up for us after the 6-week intensive course is over, since then we will need to move out of student housing and begin the process of making a new home.  Lastly, PRAY for some quality one-on-one times with dear friends and neighbors, both those walking with the Lord as Lord of their life and those still seeking how to.  Pray especially that I get at least one more good time meeting with my Gambian friend, Shariffo, among the many others I regularly play soccer with and hear about their faith and challenges.

We do PRAISE God we are getting furniture and other large items sold bit by bit, so we can have some budget set aside for buying again when we need to in late June.  Busi is also very grateful she can now finish out most the school year with her friends and the teachers she loves.  As I had already made arrangements to hand over my classes to a new teacher that had felt God pushing her to step into the need, I have largely stepped away from school responsibilities (other than library and preparing for the school track meet) and am able to join my old roofing crew to earn some extra cash as well.


New Way to Partner with Us!
Having been accepted as staff, we are now able to receive online donations via the very organized YWAM Colorado Springs website...It's very easy to do, and everything, no matter how small, is tax-deductible: https://www.ywamcos.org/support
We do not get a donation code designated to us until our first donation comes in, so you can simply select "Don't know code" from the dropdown option, and then put in Bryan or Thandi Whitlock when "Staff Name" pops up.  Let me know if the Lord leads you to give and there is any confusion with the process.

Thank you all again for prayers in this new transition time for us as a family...we definitely feel them and see God's favor in the little things!