A Big Announcement & Bold Faith
PHEW - We've been busy!
There have been nine weekends thus far in 2016, and we have been at seven different churches. It's no wonder Keegan has developed a bit of separation anxiety...he's never quite sure who that strange new nursery worker is that he's being handed off to!
It has been a blessing to meet many people dedicated to Christ who share our love of missions and God's global vision for seeking and saving those who are lost.
Our ministry is now at a pivotal point, and so this update is to share exciting news and let you know how you can give us maximum support as you journey with us for the glory of God.
First, THE BIG NEWS!
We have announced a target departure date!
We hope to LEAVE the U.S. for Bulgaria on TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH.
After consultation with Gabe Hillman (our boss & Josiah Venture leader for Bulgaria) we have strategically picked this date and believe it is perfect for a number of reasons, explained below.
For those wondering the obvious question, no, we are not yet 100% funded...that's where the bold faith comes in! We are fully submitting this desired departure date to the Lord, believing it to be His will, and trusting Him for the needed funds to come in.
To explain more, here's a note from Gabe himself:
March 2, 2016
It has been amazing to see how the Lord has continued providing new supporters for the Starkeys over the last year. Now that they are in the final stages, with only 20% remaining for monthly needs, I want to share this urgency with you as potential supporters. In order to purchase airfare they need to be at 100% committed monthly support, and in this final stage we are coordinating visa submissions, travel logistics, and living arrangements for their arrival in Bulgaria.
We genuinely need them in Bulgaria by April 19th. This Spring we will be hosting youth groups for their annual Spring retreat, moving our local youth ministries into the summer season and preparing for summer camp ministries. In addition to these ministries, a priority for the Starkeys is being with us at the Josiah Venture Spring Conference, which is the first week of May here in Eastern Europe. This will assure their healthy transition into our Josiah Venture family and prepare them for their roles this summer and beyond, specifically Peter's role as National Camp Coordinator for Bulgaria.
On behalf of the 99% of Bulgaria's youth who are not in a relationship with Christ, and our partnered national churches who are eagerly praying for the Starkeys, I am asking that you join them in reaching full 100% support by Easter.
For the Glory of God,
Country Leader - Team Bulgaria
We've been targeting a March/April departure for six months. But for whatever reason, that always seemed abstract and distant...now that we have an actual date circled on the calendar, it's TERRIFICALLY EXCITING but also a little overwhelming!
What You Can Do
Here's how you can continue to support us:
- PRAY for unity in our family...that we work together well as we pack and prepare final logistics.
- PRAY for good goodbyes...it's hitting us that we have so many dear friends to say goodbye to and time is short.
- PRAY for Bulgarian hearts to be open...prepared for the Gospel to rush in!