Hello friends and family! A lot of big decisions have been made recently, and I wanted to let you all in on the news. Due to the unrest in South Sudan, my team has pushed back its return date indefinitely. So, after much prayer and consideration, John and I have decided to get married now (February 8th, to be exact)! We are so overjoyed to be starting this new phase of life together as husband and wife and partners for life! Of course, getting married means that we have chosen to stay off the mission field for a while. Most likely, we won’t be able to return to Africa as a missionary couple until 2015. It has been a bitter pill for me to swallow, knowing that I can’t formally say goodbye to my Sudanese friends. Many tears have been shed in learning to accept God’s timing and step out into an unknown future in faith. I’m blessed, though; I now have Mr. John Sender alongside me, with whom I can explore these new, unchartered regions of life. We are hoping to return in late spring or early summer for a short “vision trip” as husband and wife, to get closure and look into future ministry opportunities for 2015. I know this is a sudden change in ministry plans, and you all as my supporters may have some questions for me…
So what am I doing now? Besides frantic last minute wedding planning, I have been looking for job opportunities in the Richmond or Philly area. I have been looking at apartments. Also, I am still working for World Harvest Mission. I am documenting my work with past teacher trainings, am taking online education classes, and am praying for wisdom and creativity in possible youth ministry ideas. (Pray for clarity in writing a script on gender roles that can be translated into a film.) I have also been reunited with a Sudanese Christian Fellowship that meets in Richmond. What a joy to worship with Sudanese friends again! Today, I will be leading their children’s church, reusing a lesson on fear that I had done previously with Bethany and Melissa.
What does this mean for you as a supporter? Continue to pray for me, for the team, and for the people of South Sudan on a regular basis. Over the past two years, God has shown me the power of prayer through groups of people. I am still on the payroll with WHM through February, which means I am still doing work for this ministry, am still being paid, and should still be receiving support into my account. I will give more information next month on what it will look like for me to transition away from monthly support. However, I am still hoping to go back to South Sudan; any money that I am still receiving as a missionary is being stored away for my return.
Again, I want to thank you all for your love and your faith to invest in God’s work so far across the globe. I can assure you, the people of Mundri feel your love and they send their warmest greetings, in the name of Jesus Christ.