Dear church family,
I feel like we have been well supported by the church family at Ross Road for many years now! When I started my position as Music Director at this church (then called East Aldergrove) in 1996, I - and our whole family - felt your deep love and support. That continued during our 11 years as we served on staff. In 2007, as I moved on to work with Multiply, you continued to support me - not as staff, but as a local missionary. For almost 16 years you have faithfully supported the ministry at Multiply. You continued to be family, and it was this sense of family that helped us consider returning to be part of this church after a 7-year absence.
Thank you for 27 years of having our backs in prayer and finances!
The budget preparation at Multiply is mostly complete and I’m thankful again for God’s provision in this season of ministry.
In March, Karen and I had the privilege of attending a missionary retreat in Thailand (Asia Summit). This was my 10th Summit, but only the first one where Karen could join me since it occurred during her Spring Break. It was so good to share this experience with her! This retreat was for missionaries serving in Asia and there will be another one coming up in August for our missionaries serving in South and Central America (Latin America Summit).
The FOCUS Internship program concluded on May 12th. This 8-month program was for those discerning a long term missionary call. I was involved in helping with training in finances and risk management, and then helping them with reimbursements while they were on assignment. I am now working with a few of the interns in establishing support needs and establishing budgets as they move towards long term service. Please pray for God’s provision for these new long term missionaries.
There are already a few new FOCUS Interns planning to attend the new 2023-24 FOCUS Internship. Pray for more to apply in the coming months.
I will have a bunch of travel this fall, starting with the Latin America Summit in the Dominican Republic in August, MASP meetings in Pennsylvania at the end of August, Risk Management Network meetings in Colorado in September, and Interagency HR meetings in Michigan at the beginning of October. Please pray for these travel plans to come together and that these meetings will be good times of connecting and learning.
Thanks again for your support!
Al (and Karen)