Hope you are enjoying your pumpkin spice latte as we sip our iced coffee in Florida’s high 80-degree temps. We wanted to share about what we have been up to recently. Last month we had the opportunity to visit one of our supporting churches and church family in Illinois. Returning to this community felt like coming home as this church is where Lori went to youth group, we were married almost 26 years ago, and we started our family here. We were encouraged by our time with friends, church fellowship, and sharing in several small groups.
We enjoy the opportunity to talk about how God is working in Africa and with Africans around the world, and our part in this process. Unreached People Groups (UPGs) are a big part of who AIM is working with. We were able to share a clip explaining what UPGs are and what our part as a church is in reaching them. Pray for more workers to reach out to UPGs around the world. Click on this link if you would like to understand more about UPG’s: https://vimeo.com/128750127
We have spent a lot of time praying about what next steps God has for us after this season in the States. During this time of seeking God, we received an email from our AIM leaders asking if we would consider a new ministry in West Africa. After survey trips, lots of prayers and invitation from local churches, AIM feels called to work alongside local ministries in reaching UPGs in 4 French speaking, Muslim, West African countries: Mali, Niger, Guinea and Senegal. Of those 4 countries, we feel God specifically leading us towards Senegal. Our work there will be to lay the foundation for AIM ministry by developing partnerships with local churches and mission agencies. Please pray for wisdom about the timing of when we should go to Senegal. We will be going to Morocco in January for work and have a small timeframe where we can spend a few days in Senegal. Pray that during this time we would have clarity and confirmation that this is the Lord’s leading.
Praise & Prayer:
-Rod and Lori were able to be trained in Debriefing last month. Pray that this training would allow us to help missionaries be able to process their stories in a safe place to bring new understanding and clarity.
-Alanna has now been living and working in AIM’s US office in Peachtree City, Georgia for over 3 months. She is enjoying her role as Third Culture Kids coordinator and has recently developed a web-based resource to help missionary parents with their kids. Pray that Alanna would continue to build friendships and find a place to live in the next month.
–Autumn continues to work very hard in her senior year of college. She will be getting her 3 remaining wisdom teeth removed during her fall break this next week. Pray that this procedure would go well and that she would have a quick recovery before she returns to college.
-Anissa has now been at college for 6 weeks and is doing great. She loves the Occupational Therapy program and is working hard at her classes. She is in an apartment with 2 non-Christian girls which allows her to be a light to them and have some good conversations. Pray that she would keep working hard, be motivated for her classes, and have wisdom in relationships.
We are so thankful for you and your partnership with us!
Rod & Lori
P.S. Family photo was taken at our niece’s wedding in August.