Throughout the summer we are thankful to have continued to add slowly to our committed support and are currently at 29% of our needed monthly support.  We are praying and trusting that this fall we will see this increase at a faster rate, but we trust the Lord knows just the right timing for our family.

This summer we have stayed busy with lots of things as a family, sometimes with several of us going in different directions.  We kicked off the summer at Barakel over Memorial Day weekend working in the dishroom as a family.

When we headed home on that Monday, we left Grace there for the summer to serve on summer staff.

In June, Mary Emma was kept busy with driver’s ed, and at the end of June, we took a family vacation to Ohio and Kentucky. We were glad Grace could have two weeks off to be able to go with us and also to have 4th of July at home once we got back.

We participated with our church in the 4th of July parade, and July also had us busy with a week of VBS at our church.

The first week of August, all of us except Jim headed up to Barakel for a week.  Rachel worked in the kitchen, Mary Emma and Lydia were campers, and Grace was glad to have us all join her there!

The Monday we came home Jim had already left for a mission trip with our church to New York City.

In just a week from now, we will take Grace to start her freshman year at Hillsdale College. And we will finish off our summer back at Barakel to once again work in the dishroom, this time for Labor Day family camp.

Please pray for us as we continue to raise our financial support.  We are talking to several churches, and we do have one we will visit in September. We are thankful for this opportunity and trust the Lord will use it to connect us to more that would be willing to support us in our ministry.