Prayer need

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Dear friends,
We are coming up on our end of May deadline for full support and it definitely feels near impossible! We believe that God can definitely do this but we are fighting against discouragement. After several months of support raising and with 2 months until our deadline, we are at 16% of our monthly support with 9 pledges of monthly financial support, including our home church. We have some tough decisions to make in the near future if our support does not come in. This is not to say that we are not overwhelmingly appreciative of the financial support that has already come in. We are so very thankful! The reality is that we need a lot of support! Sending a family of six overseas for 5 years is pretty crazy when we think about it. We covet your prayer.

What happens if we do not have 100% of our financial support?
Our mission will not release us to go on the mission field without being at full support. We are actually very grateful for this. In our experience, sometimes people who have the best intentions end up not being able to financially support us after they commit to. The mission takes this into account and does not want us to have to return immediately from the mission field because of the lack of funds right off the bat.

If we do not reach our support goals by August, what will we do?
At this point, we are reaching out to Rift Valley Academy, letting them know about our situation, and will be talking about options. If we miss our May deadline but are close, we will see if there is a need for us to go in December for the 2nd term of the school year.  There is a possibility that it will not be possible because the school may have filled our roles for the year. If there is still a need for us in December, we would possibly extend our support deadlines. All of this is dependent on discussions with the school and our support levels.  If our full support still does not come in by that time, we will acknowledge that this is not the time for our family to pursue the mission field. Because of our family’s needs, we will not continue to live in limbo after December and will commit to staying in the States long term. Obviously, this will be a very difficult (and sad) decision for us to make.

If we are unable to go on the mission field, what happens to money that has already been sent to Africa Inland Mission on our behalf?
Due to IRS regulations, AIM cannot return funds once they have been sent in because they are tax deductible donations to Africa Inland Mission.  AIM does allow us to re-designate funds to other ministries under AIM and we would likely transfer unused funds to other missionaries and ministries that also need the funds.  For those that have made pledges; if we do not go out onto the field, they should not be sent in, but we would encourage you to support other missionaries and ministries with those funds.  Again, these type of decisions will not need to be made now.

We are reminded over and over that we could not be on this journey without dear friends and family walking with us. We love you very much. Thank you for your encouragement and prayer. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Love,
Erin and Brian
Hebrews 10:23

My Problem: Personal Story

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I don’t talk much about our child who has special needs because it somehow feels like a betrayal or me telling a story that only he should tell. But, last night was a doozy for us and it was a doozy for all of us. His special needs is a story for all of us to tell. I woke up this morning, exhausted and frankly, feeling sorry for myself and this “burden” we carry. And the endless tape keeps running through my head, “What can I do to change him? What am I doing wrong? What is the one missing piece that I need to “fix” him?” Over and over and over because I see him and his needs as a problem to be fixed. I am ashamed that I think that way. Because if I really think about it, I love this boy wholly and completely. He is not a problem. In fact, most of the time I am the problem because my frustration and anger always react first. Compassion rarely exists right at the surface so that it can be automatic. But I am working on it. Oh yes I am.

I love this devotion from Jesus Calling :

Make Friends with
The Problems In Your Life

Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me.

Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be.

The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.

Thankful,
Erin

Quick Support Update

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Here’s a fun picture of the offering jar that Eli’s Sunday School class is collecting to send Eli to Kenya. So great to see!! We have received some additional support pledges that bring us to the following amounts:

Monthly:     $750 or 10.8% of our target

Outgoing:    $7,500 or 20.7% of our target

We appreciate your continued prayer and support of us on this journey! If you are interested in finding out more about our ministry or how to support us, please click on the links below. And, if you are interested in having us come speak at your church, Sunday school class, home group, class, chapel or school, please email us at: bericherson@gmail.com