February Update

28 Feb

Springtime green of new life

Here in Atlanta we’ve seen springtime come a little early. It’s been a breath of fresh air to have 60 & 70 degree days and bright sunshine outside. I’ve even seen some daffodils poppng up in people’s gardens.

As I see springtime peeking it’s beautiful face out from behind winter’s gray clouds it reminds me of how God’s grace and mercy in our lives gives us new life. He promises that His mercies are new every morning, every day, every season. Oh how encouraging it is to see what the Lord has and continues to bring me from. Death to life. Praise the Lord!
I was a hungry child. A dried up river. I was a burned out forest, and no one could do anything for me
But You put food in my body, water in my dry bed. And to my blackened branches,
You brought the springtime green of a new life and nothing is impossible for You.

– “You have redeemed my soul” by Waterdeep

A lot of what we are doing in the GYFM is forging new relationshinps and ministries. Whether it be connecting with Missonary Kids we may not have met yet or building partnerships with MTW teams it’s encouraging and so cool to see the Lord breath life into these relationships.

Visiting…

We just got done with a whirlwind week and weekend. Eric Larsen and John Chung were in town this week for some strategy meetings at the MTW office. It was an awesome week and we had some really encouraging conversations. Please be praying as we continue to follow up on these talks and move forward on some new ministry opportunities.
After our time in the office we headed up to Covenant College to spend some time with the missionary kids up there. I always love going to covenant and we had a great time. It was really exciting to have some conversations with some faculty and students at Covenant on how we can better serve and encourage the MKs there.
Once we finished up at Covenant, Eric & John headed back to Atlanta to fly back to St. Louis I hopped in my car and drove to Harriman, TN to West Hills Presbyterian Church. I had a great time sharing with the awesome folks at West Hills and am so thankful for their hospitality. I’d appreciate your prayers as I follow up with them and for possible new support opportunities.

What’s coming up?

I’m continuing to work with our Graphic Designer on our logo and branding. We’ve settled on a logo (yea!) and are working on gyfm.org 2.0. I can’t wait to show it to you when it is done! I’ll be visiting one of my supporting churches (Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church) next week. I’m looking forward to my time there and meeting more folks at that church.
Next week I’ll also be speaking several times at MTW’s Interview & Orientation. I love getting to share at these events because I get to connect and encourage missionaries who are just beginning their journey to get to the field. I’ll also be sharing bout the GYFM at MTW’s Vision Retreat. This is a time for folks who are interested in missions and want to know more about Mission to the World.
This month Eric will be taking a three week hiatus to spend some time writing. He will trying to take his doctoral dissertation and put it in book form. We;re all really excited about this opportunity to make the work Eric did in his doctorate more accessible to those that can benefit from it. Please be praying for him as he works on this project.

Support Status
My monthly support pledges are at 52%. Part of my job now is to continue to raise new support and cultivate the supporters I already have.Did you know that I have 131 fans on my facebook page?  I don’t say this to brag but to say if just 90 of those fans gave just $25 a month I would be fully funded! If you are already a supporter would you consider raising your pledge $10 – $20 a month? If you have been thinking about supporting me monthly and just not had a chance to do so or have any other questions please don’t hesitate to let me know.

MTW now has On-line Donations! You can donate on-line at www.mtw.org
OR
send a check to MTW
PO Box 116284
Atlanta GA 30368
Please include my name and account number #10660 in the memo line.
You can download my prayer card here!
I’m so thankful for all of you. Your prayers, encouragement and financial support are blessing from God. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

By His Mercy,
Ruthanne

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