Until now, I haven’t done much sharing of what our needs are as missionaries with you. I discuss them with the Lord, of course, and He often puts things on people’s hearts to give to help with things. Sometimes people ask us what our needs are, so here are both the long and the short lists. The short list: prayer and money. We can’t stay in full-time mission work without prayer. We don’t serve money, but it serves us well when it is time to pay the bills and to expand into new areas of ministry.
Here is the long list:
- Prayer interceding for effective ministry, strong marriage, wisdom parenting, safety, health, provision, and whatever else the Lord leads you in prayer.
- Money for an urgent replacement for my primary notebook computer. The warranty has expired, and the cost of repair is prohibitive. Actually, I’d like 3 computers: a fast desktop computer for software development in Microsoft Windows and Linux (2.66 GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard drive, DVD Writer), a notebook computer for travel and for testing software in a normal user (not software developer) configuration (except with at least 100 GB Hard drive and 1GB RAM, Windows Vista ready), and a MacIntosh computer (Intel-based, capable of running OS X 10.4 or later) for cross-platform development testing. Those 3 are listed in priority order. The first one
(about $1,192) is the one that is most urgenthas been paid for and is on its way to our house. Praise God! The notebook computer could run $550 for a minimal one to $1,126 for a nice one. The cheapest Mac suitable for software development is a Mac Mini for about $799 + the cost of an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor.
- Another vehicle, preferably 4WD and big enough to hold our family. Rainbow Missions, Inc. accepts tax-deductible donations of vehicles that still run. 🙂
- Money to cover the additional costs of finalizing Rachel’s adoption, including extra travel to PNG and back for Lori, Rachel, and myself (about $8000). This has to be ready by this Spring. (It would be really nice if Evan could come along, too…)
- Money to pay off all the rest of our debt.
- Enough new regular supporters so that we can both pay our bills here, travel as the Lord leads, and return to our field assignment at the right time, without going into debt again.
We used to be our own biggest supporters, using funds saved up from when I was working as an engineer. That well has run dry, but the Lord has many wells. 🙂