September was a very good month at the ministry. Right now the bank and township are negotiating the terms for the line of credit needed for the building project to continue. We have planted grass on the areas completed by Dave as mentioned last month. At this point winter is coming too soon for footers to be poured this year, but if all the township stuff is done by spring, who knows? We need to keep reminding ourselves that God has all this under control. He
will move the bank and township to get this done when it’s appropriate.
The summer rush is over and the rush to get items and vehicles ready for Belize has begun. Already we have one tractor trailer with a shipping container backed up to the loading dock ready to be packed and checked over.
Nick VanWert is a staff member who took about a year off. He used that time to save money to get married and raise support to work at the ministry again full time. At the end of October he is getting married and will be back at the ministry soon after. We are all very excited for him and the new team on staff!
Some of the aforementioned people from last month are still in the process of checking into coming on staff. Please continue to pray for them and other people to come out to CMTS as staff or short-term volunteers.
About 98 missionaries as singles and families have used the loaner car program this year.
In Our Lives
Last month we traveled to the Outer Banks, North Carolina, for a week with Caryl’s family at the beach. We got to do a bunch of cool stuff, like clamming, fishing, hanging out at the beach and pool, and visiting Kitty Hawk to see the Wright Brothers museum, an aquarium, and the lost colony site on Roanoke Island. It was a good time.
The adoption situation with Dean is continuing in a good direction. Please pray for wisdom for everyone involved. Our sending church, Cornerstone Evangelical Free in Easton, PA, is starting a ministry to encourage believers to get into the foster and/or adoption scene. The Bible is very clear about the sick, poor, imprisoned, widows, and orphans. Now we don’t believe that God calls every family to adopt or foster. But we do believe that God calls all of us to be aware of the hurting people in our world; pray and help where you can. Kind of like we as a family have never gone into a prison to teach a Bible study. We thi
nk the people who do have a very important job given by God that needs constant prayer and support by the rest of us. Please pray for Cornerstone with this new ministry, and for us to figure out how to get involved.
If anyone else is interested in knowing more about foster/adoption and our story with Dean, contact us.
Thanksgiving is coming soon. We are in charge of our church’s Thanksgiving ministry again. Last year went fantastic with the help of a great team of helpers and volunteers. Please pray that through the hard work people in the community of Phillipsburg and Easton will see the love of Christ through all of us.
Please continue to pray for us in the area of promotion. Not only for CMTS as a whole but also for us as a family. We need to keep everyone informed in the Christian community about the great resources available for ministry. Everyone from the local pastor to the missionary in the bush.
Thanks for all the prayers and support,