We still need to get a few things done but we know a lot of people are curious about our decision to take our family half way around the world! Let us help you see...
Why We Go
The gospel is worth it!
Even before Rebeca and I were married, our respective families were serving the Lord in their own countries, in their own ways. We saw our parents (and grandparents!) pursuing Christ, modeling a pursuit of God that wasn't always easy, but that was part of the invaluable lessons! In God's timing, we met in seminary and the old adage came to life: "If you want to get married, pursue Christ and look to the side. If someone's keeping up, lock arms and run together!"
This is true in ministry as well as marriage!
Over the years, we have locked arms with many people serving the Lord and it's led us to this place. When we were introduced to Youth for Christ through a (gasp!) military family, the arms locked again. Ministering to military teens and tweens, as any youth minister in a church would, is done under the chaplain with Youth for Christ Military. The gospel is the same everywhere, but this is a new context for us; the gospel is worth the risk, and so are these students. Amen??!
This is new ground, but not a new mission!
Our family is ready and willing
God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. The Bible is filled with fallible people who are remembered not because they were perfect but because they trusted the only One who is. When He called us to do ministry with students of military families overseas, we were MORE than ready and willing through Christ who gives us the strength (Philippians 4:10-13)! We knew enough about ministry to be dangerous, but enough about God to be dependent on Him. We are willing, not perfect, and that is the kind of servant God can use.
When Paul wrote Philippians, he spoke about the work he did for Christ not because of some blessings but irrespective of them; not in avoidance of troubles and hard times but despite them. Paul was called to serve Christ and he did, even when it was hard... there was the occasional stoning, beating, shipwreck, and jail cell.
We've experienced some difficult things in ministry, but we're not afraid to go, and we're willing!
To be able to give more to the ministry
When developing a "worst case scenario" budget for living and ministry expenses, it included the launch costs which would include getting us "in country," a home with necessities and utilities, and transportation. As I've told many of you in person, we want as much of the funds we're raising as possible to go toward the students. This is no different.
We went on a fundraising trip on our own dime and will be relocating to Romania on our own dime as well. The focus is still on YFC Military–Europe, let me make that clear! Our initial goal of being in country by early August isn't going to happen, so we're rolling with the punches and adjusting our timeline. We have adjusted to a January start date, but are praying God amazes us all by beating that timeline!
If you've been thinking about giving but don't know when to start, would you prayerfully seek the Lord about joining us in monthly partnership this October or November? Click the "GIVE" link (here or above) for more information on how to proceed, and please sign up for our newsletter so you can get updates!
For our immediate and extended families
When we talk as a family, we talk about what's coming and we're all very excited. We talk about what we will enjoy and what we won't; what we'll miss and what we'll happily part with. We're not looking forward to being so far from friends and family here, but also know we will be much closer to other friends and family there! We have been so far from Rebeca's family since our wedding and this is a chance to have some good time with them while we continue to raise the necessary funds for this mission work.
Prayer & Patience
In addition to fundraising, we've also experienced:
We're all busy, so I appreciate your time here. I want to ask you two things: 1. Would you pray for us? 2. And will you have patience with us? We want to keep you updated and we want to speak with you personally!
I encourage you to call us! If not, please know that I am working my way toward you and greatly look forward to speaking with you soon. Thank you for following what's up with the Clinkscales family, for your concern, and for your continued prayers! Check back here regularly to see what's going on and let us know how we can pray for you as well.
God bless you!
* Today now actually marks our one-day-less-than-a-month before we leave. Despite my best efforts to keep things short and sweet, this pastor's brain still has to be massaged down to a manageable length by my love.
Clinkscales family updates: YFCI Work–Youth For Christ International
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