So What's Going On?

New, almost there, and returning missionairies at Team's conference (Where we also had our final training.)

New, almost there, and returning missionairies at Team's conference (Where we also had our final training.)

We are just about to come up on the one-year anniversary of the fund raising process (August) and a great amount of things have happened in this past year. God as blessed us so much with many people who have a heart for missions that have come on board. We have been flying through the school, orientations, meetings, and more that I know I'm forgetting, but the list is finally down to only one more task. More details and reflection to come (especially for those on the newsletter list) but consider this as a quick catch-up since the last update:

  • We just went to Wheaton College Illinois all of last week to attend Team's pre-departure orientation (this was the last step in the sending process!)
  • We currently sit at about 65% of the monthly commitments needed (both those that have promised, and those that have started now, which helps with our one-time expenses greatly!)
  • Later this year we are planning to hold fundraising events at some of our supporting churches. Lots of interesting and fun ideas; be on the lookout for more info soon to come.
  • A campaign is currently be worked on and should go out sometime later this month by both physical and email forms. We need help growing our connections, so when you see these go out, help us spread the word!
  • We have nothing but supporting building left at this point, once we get 100%, we are set to go!
  • Nick has finished his Master's level studies and is awaiting the diploma
  • TheGoFund, a non-profit working with missionaries going long-term to un-reached places, has partnered with us! This means our student loans will no longer be an issue for our ministry! (Hit the logo and check them out!)
  • We are working on getting networked with some more churches and communities in the Bay Area and Arizona with the possibility of making a more East Coast trip as well. If you know a potential connection we should get in touch with, let us know.

A quick glance at our current progress

As more checkpoints pass by, the closer we are to long-term ministry in Japan. Hopefully this quick list will get you up to date at where we are on that path. 

  • We have both finished our undergraduate degrees and Nick has moved into graduate studies.
  • We've officially got one full year of Japanese language self-study behind us with still much more ahead(We can even read the occasional article now!)
  • Just this past May we completed our orientation with TEAM and are now fully-fledged missionaries with them. 
  • The JET program placement was unfortunately not workable, so we have transitioned into traditional long-term missionary status. 
  • We have officially begun the process of building support through partners in our ministry and it has been very encouraging.
  • We have moved out of Phoenix and are spending the summer meeting with individuals and churches to spread the news about our mission and gain partners in that pursuit.
  • We will be making our way out to Erin's family in the Bay Area of California towards the end of summer where we plan to settle down until we head for Japan.
  • Our current hopeful timeline to be in Japan is by June of 2017.