The Move (part 1)

Well, we made it off. Thanks to the help of some wonderful friends we managed to leave College Station and make it up to Denton, TX on Friday night. We hung out with my mom and grandma Saturday morning, then left around noon for the twelve hour drive to my brother’s house in St.Louis, Missouri.

We’ll hang out here for the day, then get an early start tomorrow morning on our last leg to Jackson, Michigan (we should arrive around 4pm). So far God has blessed us with ideal conditions and absolutely no vehicle problems. Please pray for the same for our final day.

We’ll be sure to give an update from our new apartment.

Prayer Cards

Well, tonight was our last church night before we leave.  Of course we have mixed emotions; we will miss you all terribly, yet we are so excited to get going with this thing.

Click for full size version
Click for full size version

We were able to print out some prayer cards and give them out at church, but if you didn’t get one (or you want another), you can download one to print, or print one off at WalMart (for a dime).

While we’re at it, here are some ways you can be praying for us this week:

  • That we would praise God in all things, even packing.
  • That we would be wise about getting rid of the stuff we don’t need.  And, as Jason preached tonight, that our possessions would have no claim on us.
  • That our trip would be free of complications and that we could settle into Jackson and find jobs quickly.
  • That God would heal Rachel’s headaches & receive so much glory for it.

We praise God for your prayers and support.  We have been overwhelmed with God’s goodness toward us as He has called us into relationships with such amazing people like you.

Thanks!!

The Time Has Come

It really wasn’t until I was riding home from work yesterday that the thought occurred to me: there’s no turning back now. If yesterday morning we wanted to change our mind about this whole thing, we could. But that’s the difference a minute makes. At 3:59 Rachel and I still had our jobs; at 4:00 we had clocked out of work and into unemployment.

Looks like a mitten
Looks like a mitten

That’s the funny thing about faith. What else would cause a family to quit their jobs, move from Texas to Michigan, and pay tuition to train for a career in which they will rely on the financial support of others – what, besides the belief that they serve the God who is sovereign over all things.  If we did not believe that God’s plan was to call people from all nations to himself, we would not be packing right now.

But we do believe it.  The Bible says that not only is God worthy of all praise, but that he will be praised by people from all people groups.  And He has decided to use broken people like us to proclaim that glory to the ends of the earth.

It is with joy that we can say our time has finally come.  I will pick up the rental truck on Friday (8-7-09) at 4pm, and we’ll leave as soon as we’re loaded up (and you’re welcome to come see us off).  We will miss you!!

Missions Meeting

Update: We are grateful to those of you who were able to make it to our meeting.  Rachel and I certainly enjoyed the chance to share our hearts with our church, and we look forward to what God has in store for us.

Tuesday, July 28 @ 6:30pm we will give a short(ish) presentation about our upcoming departure to start training with New Tribes Missions.  You are invited to come have some coffee and dessert as we talk about how New Life and other believers can play a key role in our future ministry to another part of the world!

When: July 28, 6:30pm

Where: the Bacaks’ home

We’ll see you there!

How can they hear?

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” Romans 10:14

I want to share a quote with you. This was said by Ekapitaa, who lives in an unreached tribe (meaning they do not yet have any of the Gospel in their language) in Indonesia:

“We want to hear this Creator’s Talk [Gospel message]. We want it so much that we are waiting for the time that you, along with the Bible teachers, will bring it to us. When the time comes that you are ready to tell us of the Creator’s message just send us word and we will come. We will gather everybody from our area. We will all hike the trails all the way down to where you are and we will live in your area for as long as two moons [months]. We will do this all just so that we can hear the Creator’s message. If you would rather hike to our territory and tell us in our own houses, we will wait for you here. When you come we will provide everything you need, including food, so
that you can live among us. We will provide for you so that you can stay and we can finally hear this message and we even now wait for the day you can teach it to us.”

There are 6,500 language groups in the world. 2,500 of them do not yet have any of the Gospel in their language. Yes, you read that correctly. 2,500 people groups are completely unreached, and what that means is that even if they wanted to hear “The Creator’s Talk,” they can not. That is hard for us to imagine here in the United States, where on every street corner there is a church, and a Gideon’s Bible in every hotel room. But try for a moment to imagine how many people, just like Ekapitaa, would give everything they own to hear the good news of God’s Grace, and yet until somebody brings it to them in their own language, they continue to die and go to Hell.

As you may know, this August, Jim and I will begin training with New Tribes Mission (NTM). NTM helps local churches send missionaries to unreached people groups around the world so that every tribe, tongue, and
nation can hear the Gospel and will be able to praise Jesus Christ as Lord.

Read more about New Tribes Mission here.

Read about the first part of our training here.

Or ask Jim and I about it the next time you see us – we would love to
share with you more about NTM and about our passion for every tribe tongue and
nation to be reached in our generation!

“It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where
Christ was not known.” Romans 15:20