After one long road trip, a stop at Niagara Falls, two stops at the border for visas (not by choice!), a few days of long waits in different offices around Montreal, we are officially moved in and ready to make our apartment and this beautiful city our home!
So many of you have prayed, given financially, and encouraged us to this point and for that we are so grateful!
Being in the city makes us so aware of the lostness and the great need for the hope of Jesus to be shared with those who haven’t heard. We are praying for our heart to be sensitive to His leading and to give us those points of intersection with the lost around us.
Our apartment is coming together nicely, we are enjoying our neighborhood so far. We hope to visit places as points to begin forming relationships. Please join us in prayer for this to happen!
One story that we wanted to share happened a few days after we arrived. As Abi was taking a picture of the coffee shop near our apartment a woman started talking to her about taking pictures. This woman, Jasmine, is from Cuba originally but lives in Montreal with her boyfriend. As she and Abi were parting ways she asked for some “good fortune” and began asking about horoscopes. Abi had the chance to share about her trust in God and His control over the universe, rather than horoscopes and luck, and our lives. She asked Abi to pray for her right there on the spot! Please join us in praying for our paths to cross again soon and that Jasmine will come to faith in Jesus.
James had his first staff meeting at Renaissance on August 30th and is excited to be on a team with such incredible guys who have a great heart for Montreal.
DON’T FORGET: If you have committed to joining our partner team financially and haven’t set up payments, please let us know how we can help you do that. We can send you the link if you need it or walk you through the process in a phone call. Thanks!
Also, if you are interested in joining our partner team we are still lacking 10% of our monthly support. We’d love to talk to you about how you can join what God is doing in Montreal through giving monthly support.
Summer is in full swing and we have hit the ground running. Only 66 days left until our moving truck heads north and we are excited about all that God has to show us between now and then.
We just returned from the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis and loved hearing from our North American Mission Board (NAMB) leaders who have the great vision of seeing the Gospel taken to all parts of this continent — Montreal included. To read more about NAMB’s vision for Montreal read more here: NAMB website
While at the SBC we learned that James will be officially functioning as a NAMB Church Planting Intern for the first year which affects our monthly support slightly. We are sharing this because we anticipate some questions about the change in our overall percentage from last month to this month. (Our post last month stated 75% raised but with this change we are now at 63% of monthly support)
We are so thankful for the constant encouragement and prayers. Here are some points of prayer as you remember us each day:
For our full support to be complete before we move. Currently we are at 63% of our monthly support and 46% of our initial costs for moving.
How can YOU or your family help us reach our monthly goal? We are praying for God to provide:
15 individuals/families to partner with $100 a month
15 individuals/families to partner with $50 a month
25 individuals/families to partner with $25 a month
Or maybe you want to give one time for the entire year? Contact us!
Just want to give a one-time gift? Contact us!
For God to giveus wisdom in finding a “new to us” vehicle — SUV or Van
For our children who are realizing the reality of all the “lasts” that are happening this summer and anticipating the unknown of Montreal in August.
For the city of Montreal — that God would continue to move and the Gospel would change lives.
For James and the team from RBC that leave Monday for a week in Montreal serving with Renaissance Church.
Interested in partnering? Or maybe we have talked with you about support and are praying about how to be a part. Either way, we would love to follow up and talk more so please contact us! We can sit down and help you set up online giving (very easy!) or talk about where you can
send a monthly check in the mail.
We are praying that each of you would ask God how you can be part of what He is doing in Montreal!
Again, if you have any questions please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
**Don’t forget, if you would like to give to our family either a one-time gift or ongoing monthly support you can learn more about that by clicking the GIVE button to the right***
In mid-April we (James and Abi) had the chance to travel to Montreal to be a part of a NAMB Vision Tour and do some apartment hunting.
We enjoyed being in the city once again and had the time to take the metro to some areas we had not been and grasp a better idea of the city as a whole. We can fully say, we love this city!
One of our purposes for this trip was to be a part of sharing and casting the vision NAMB has for Montreal to pastors visiting from the States. We took them to Little Burgundy where Renaissance Church is located, toured another church plant’s venue in an historic theatre, and spent time answering questions and getting to know these pastors who hopefully will partner in some way with NAMB in Montreal.
Another part of this trip was to start the search for housing. We had NO intention of finding an exact place, but we were totally blown away when God showed us that He has gone before us and already had a placed picked out for our family. We are excited to share pictures and more about it in the months to come!
Thank you to those who prayed for our trip and who continue to pray for us on this journey. We are humbled at how God has provided and how many people desire to come around us and partner in Montreal. To God be the Glory!
Here are some praise/prayer points:
Praise God we found an apartment well within our budget!
Praise God we are 75% fully funded for our monthly support!
Praise God James finished Seminary at Midwestern and in just a few days will officially have his Masters in Theological Studies
Praise God that last week a dear friend of ours living in Springfield (from the Middle East) gave his life to Christ!
Pray for the city of Montreal – the large numbers of lost people and the growing numbers of believers
Pray that God continues to provide support partners for our family & ministry
Pray that we continue to gain support for our initial moving costs (approx. $12,000)
Pray for a vehicle for our family and that we can remain debt free in the process
Pray for friendships for our kids in Montreal (this one was given to us by Anabelle)
Pray for our families here at home as they prepare for this upcoming transition
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Over the last few months we have had many people ask us how they can give either a one time gift or a monthly gift to support us as we serve in Montreal. We officially have our online support page set up through the North American Mission Board and are excited to see the partners that God already has lined up for us. We are so thankful that we are not alone!
If your family, your church, or your business would like to support our family in Montreal and be a part of reaching the lost here in North America please take the time to pray about what you might give and visit our fundraising site to get it set up.
We hope to sit down with many of you in the months to come to explain more but if we fail to set up a time please let us know you’d like a sit down and we can make that happen! OR if your church might be interested or you’d like us to meet your pastor and talk about options for your church to partner with us we would love to share!
We also hope that it is understood that this is not a fundraiser we are asking you to be a part of and then never think about again. By partnering with us financially we are asking you to partner with us through prayer and ongoing encouragement. Your giving is an active participation in the work that happens in Montreal and we are so aware that this work CANNOT happen without faithful people willing to give towards something that has eternal value. Our prayer is that our going to Montreal in obedience empowers many of you to do the same, whatever the call from God may be.
If you have any questions please email us: email@example.com
We hope that over the course of our journey we can share with you the full story of how the Lord brought us to this point, and here is one piece of the puzzle. In February we had the privilege to attend an brunch at a church where the local WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) met to pray for the North American Mission Board, it’s missionaries, and it’s church plants. We were so encouraged to see women who are committed to praying for missions.
It took me (Abi) back to elementary school when I was a part of a group at my church called Girls in Action (GA’s for short) that was started out of the WMU. It was during my time in this program that I started to accept my calling. I read books and heard stories about some great missionaries like Lottie Moon, Gladys Aylward, Hudson Taylor and Jim Elliot. I was exposed to mission projects, the need for the Gospel around the world, and how I had a part in it as a follower of Jesus. As I grew up in this church in Camdenton, MO I was also blessed to know many sweet women who were a part of the WMU and admired their devotion to praying for missions. Later on, in college, they asked me to come speak at a meeting and I was able to share how the impact of GA’s and the WMU at First Baptist Church played a large role in helping me learn my calling to missions.
Fast forward to the present, sitting in a room full of women and men who were committing to praying for our family was humbling and exciting at the same time. What great joy it brings to see God’s people doing their part in making disciples of all nations.