Happy new year!
I just returned home after a week full of worship, fellowship, encouragement, and gathering with family. One week before Christmas, I was invited to fill in at the Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference) booth at InterVarsity’s Urbana missions conference in St. Louis. My family dropped me off on their way to southern Indiana so that I could attend a few days of Urbana 2009. Throughout my time there, I was able to interact with high school and college students attending the event, as well as to catch up with some old and new friends with Converge. I also visited briefly with several interns and staff who were representing Engineering Ministries International (EMI) there. God continues to affirm His desire to use me in missions so that peoples around the world might know and worship Him, and I am thankful for the opportunity to gather with around 14,000 others with similar vision. Praise Him for the sweet times of solitude prayer and corporate worship I experienced in St. Louis!
I then flew to meet the rest of my family who were visiting my mom’s side of the family in Evansville, Indiana. As we celebrated our Savior’s birth and welcomed the new year with friends and family, I was able to get some much needed rest before what is ahead in January. The college-level Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class that I am coordinating starts in just over two weeks, and I am also preparing to focus on ministry partnership and support raising for my upcoming role with EMI. If you would like to hear more about how God has led me to join EMI as a full-time staff engineer, please let me know, and I can set up a time to meet with you. I would greatly appreciate your prayer as this next month will likely be an extremely busy time in my life with great potential for enemy attacks and stress.
In addition, I am still seeking God for wisdom in joining one of three February EMI trips to West African countries, as well as the possibility of returning to Nigeria for additional survey work. Please pray with me that God would provide clarity and direction. An article about my most recent trip to Nigeria for Prayers Farm was published in the Des Moines Register a few days before Christmas, and you can read it at http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20091222/LIFE/912220331/1039/D.M.-couple-helps-village-provide-fish-in-Nigeria
Praising God for the blessing of seeking refuge in Him,