Friday, October 22, 2010

October Update

A lot has happened in the last month! One month ago we were in the midst of our travels and at 35% of our fundraising goal - now we are at 65%! We have been incredibly blessed by the loving and generous responses from those we have met. Currently we are in Missouri and Wednesday we finished our very last presentation to a church. It was very strange to unpack our various presentation materials for the last time. Next week Becki and Rachel will return to their home states and we all will spend November and December wrapping up a lot of details and spending time with our families for the holidays. We will be buying our plane tickets to Cambodia very soon!

If anyone around Missouri, Arizona/California, and Colorado would like to hear more in person about our work, please let us know. We're still available to do individual, small group or church gatherings in November and December.

Please be praying for our remaining time in the States as we finish up our fundraising, reconnect with family, and prepare (spiritually, mentally, and physically) for Cambodia.

If you are considering joining our support team, we would appreciate pledges of support being sent to International Outreach Ministries by December 1st (at the address below).

The Grace and Peace Gals
c/o International Outreach Ministries
P.O. Box 2140
McComb, MS 39649

Please make checks payable to I.O.M. Direct deposit is available.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

DC, New Jersey and New England

The last few weeks have found us roaming the East Coast. We are enjoying the fall with the beautiful changing of the leaves and the cooler weather. All three of us haven't been in the States for the autumn for several years, so being here this year is a good gift.

Last week while in DC we had a neat adventure. When planning our road trip several months ago we all decided that we wanted to spend some time in DC, but we didn't have any real contacts there in terms of having a church/small groups to speak to. We decided to go to DC anyway and we asked a friend who used to live in the area to find us housing. Little did we know that the housing we would be provided would come from the head of the mission committee from a church in the area. This led to us speaking to a small group of interested people on a Saturday morning and an invitation to speak to a Sunday school class the next day. Then while at church on Sunday we were introduced to the COO of International Justice Mission (IJM). We talked to him about our future work with Hard Places and he invited us to visit IJM the next morning and attend their staff prayer time. So on Monday morning we made our way to their office and got an official tour. After prayer time we were introduced to the IJM Director of Aftercare. She proceeded to spend an hour with us answering our questions and telling us what aftercare looks like in their work. We left their office feeling incredibly blessed and a bit overwhelmed by all that we experienced. In the end we didn't see all the sites of DC that we intended to see, but God directed us to exactly the places we needed to be.

We are now in the Boston area speaking to a few churches/small groups here and visiting with Kimberly's college friends. Our road trip is slowly drawing to a close. We have about four weeks remaining. On Monday we head to Pittsburgh and then from there we are off to Kimberly's home in Mt. Vernon, MO. We are so thankful for all of God's protection we have experienced as we have traveled the highways and byways of America and His continued provision in our lives. It's true that "His love never quits!"

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Elusive Rhode Island

Join us in celebrating: We completed our first game of finding all fifty license plates! We found this Rhode Island plate not in Rhode Island, but in Maryland.

We know it's a bit difficult to see, but we had to give proof :)