Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Looking Ahead

Last week I shared with you a look at what we were able to do in 2016 and hopefully was able to give you a glimpse into the projects that we are working on from Iglesia Galilea. It was a very good, productive and busy year. Because so many people came, worked with us, prayed for us and financially supported all that we are doing, we saw great strides in our work.

We are now looking forward to 2017 with eager anticipation. We will continue the work on all of our projects in Zapote and Membrillal. We are also looking to build a larger Church building in San Lucas. We will be looking for new and different ways to share the Gospel and to see the Kingdom of God expanded in Guatemala. We will host many teams and work with a few others also. This year we should see over 200 people come to work with us and help with the ministries we are working in.

I am writing to make you all aware of my needs for the coming year. I try not to focus on finances to often but it seems like an appropriate time of year to do that. These are strictly my personal needs and expenses. In the past my budget goal has been in the $1,000 a month range. I have looked at the minimum needed for living expenses and travel and set my target just above that. It is also the minimum that the Guatemalan government requires if I am going to seek residency in the future. I have done okay at this level and have not suffered trying to live on that amount but this year I am raising the goal by 50% plus. I would like to explain and ask you to pray about partnering with me in meeting this goal.

As I spend more time in Guatemala, it becomes more apparent that I need to buy some things that I have been doing without and my budget has not left room for those things. My computer is getting old and showing signs of needing to be replaced. I also would like to start getting some comfortable furniture. After a long day of working it is getting more obvious that my body needs a place to rest and recuperate. There is also the potential that I will need to find an apartment or small house this year. I need to get health insurance. I have not had it for the last few years and God has taken care of me but I still need it. The biggest expense is the need for a vehicle. I have been walking or using other people's cars for much of the last 4 years but I need transportation. The bus system is not always safe and not everything is available in San Lucas.

My budget for this year follows

Airline tickets            $1,800
Computer                   $1,000
Food                           $1,500
Clothing                     $   600
Medical Expenses      $1,200
Insurance                    $3,000
Recreation                  $1,200
Furniture                     $1,000
Phone                         $   350
Internet                       $   400
Incidental Exp            $1,200
Vehicle                       $5,000 to 8,000                          
Total                           $13,250 plus the cost of a car
This amount does not include rent, utilities or furnishings for an apartment

I am asking you to pray and consider if God is calling you to partner with me in this ministry .I know that He has called me to this work and He is my provider. As I look back, He has always provided and He has done that through people that have been His hands and feet. I cannot promise you a hundred fold return on your giving but I can promise that God is faithful and He has given us all a role to play.

I am asking God for the following

Monthly givers
20 people giving $25 per month
8 people giving $50 per month
3 Churches giving $100 per month
and in addition, 70 one time gifts of $100 for the purchase of a car.

I do not know how God is going to answer these requests but I thank you for your faithfulness to pray about these needs and if God leads you to give towards them. I do not want anyone to give from obligation but only in obedience if God is calling you. At the same time, these are the needs that I have for continuing in Guatemala. Please share this blog with your friends, family and Churches. I need your help to spread the word and keep doing this work. Thank you

If you would like to make a donation you can make a check to
Life Church Morris
P.O. Box 679
Morris, IL 60450
In the memo of your check write Mission San Lucas

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