Friday, September 30, 2011

August/September Update!

On October 8th, we face twenty-seven hours of travel, including one thirteen hour flight, only to dive into the midst of 50 adolescent students from all over Asia and the Pacific Islands. Clearly, we are gonna need your prayers!

But before we get to into that, we moved to Maryland! Mid August we sold off much of our furniture, clothes, and junk, loaded up a mostly functional Budget truck, and booked for eighteen hours across 5 state lines to arrive in Annapolis, MD. We chose to move out here because this is where Drew grew up, and because it is here that we believe we will have the greatest networks to draw from as we continue to build our support team to work with Mission to the World's (MTW) the Global Youth and Family Ministry (GYFM).


And now back to the adventure! Come mid October, we will be traveling to Malaysia. Why are we going there, you ask? Because that is where MTW is hosting the Asia / Pacific Area Retreat. These Area Retreats function as MTW's version of hospitality, and are held every four years for each continent, giving all the missionaries throughout the regions a bit of a break from their work to relax as a family, attend seminars, and generally pursue some mental, relational, and spiritual health. Each year GYFM brings a team of youth workers from around the U.S. to put on a program (picture: crazy games, worship, hilarious video skits, and a time of talking aout God's word), but most importantly to spend time with students in small groups building relationships and encouraging MKs. This will eventually be a huge part of our job once we are fully funded, but for now we have the privilege of volunteering! Please pray for us as we go!

Raising support feels like a daunting task, but an exciting one nonetheless. We continually trust in God's care and provision for us, and we are thrilled to see the ways that this is being manifested through you! We believe that each person is called to live missionally in this world bringing the gospel of reconcilliation to those who are hurting. We know that all of you have ways that you are spreading God's kingdom already, and we would like to invite you to prayerfully consider supporting us as members of GYFM as another way to further God's kingdom! By supporting us monthly through financial giving and/or through prayer you enable us to be the hands and feet that personally bring love and care to missionary kids around the world as well as to bring training to global and domestic pastors on how to reach the next generation! We would ask you to consider giving a monthly gift of $50, $75, $100 or more. We need your partnership in this! There are many ways that you can give!

MTW has online giving. Go to www.mtw.org or you can mail a check to MTW PO Box 116284 Atlanta, GA 30368. Please include our names and our account number 18294 in the memo line.

We love you! Thanks so much for keeping up with us as we launch this endeavor together!

- Drew & Lindsey

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

God's Provision

Yesterday we met with the missions committee at our church. We were really excited to share with them our vision for our ministry with GYFM and express to them how they can partner with us! Many of the people on this committee remember Drew as one of those "crazy Wilkins boys, " so it was fun for him to go in and see familiar faces of people that have loved him and his family for many years! As we sat in the board room waiting for the meeting to start we were surprised when another familiar face walked into the meeting. It was another missionary who is part of MTW coming to share what he and his family are up to while they are on home mission assignment since our church supports them. This was God's provision for us because we knew this missionary and had even ministered to his sons at an area retreat that we attended a few years ago. Drew was his oldest son's small group leader. So as we sat and explained our ministry our friend was able to express to the committee how important our ministry is and how impacted his own children have been by it. We could not have asked for anything more! He was so supportive of us and we found encouragement from hearing what he had to say. We think the committee really caught the vision and now we continue to pray that they would like to join us! God truly does provide and I love how it is often in unexpected ways!

-Lindsey

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sorry For Our Absence

It is often very hard to understand what God is doing. All of our previous posts before this one talked about how thankful we were for God's provision of a place and a home for us here in Annapolis. It's amazing how quickly I was able to lose sight of that thankfulness when our apartment started making me sick due to allergies and we came to the conclusion that we had to move. I have felt discouraged, frustrated, and overwhelmed many times these last 10 days. I have found myself saying, "It's all going to be OK and God has a plan," to "This makes no sense and I am so tired of this and just want to move back to St. Louis" In the end all of this is not really that big of a deal, but sometimes it has felt like a huge mountain standing in the way of our plans. So we are in the process of moving everything that we had settled into the apartment back into Drew's parents home and working to make a place for ourselves here. We still have lots to be thankful for, but still wrestling through all the changes. So God's plans were different then ours so we keep pouring out our hearts to him, resting in him, and trusting that one day our support will be raised. I was encouraged this morning by David's words in Psalm 61:6-8:

"He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us."

-Lindsey

Friday, September 2, 2011

Post-Scholastic Life?

When you are in school there is always the thought that one day, one sweet day, all our studies will be done. It is especially tempting during the last few years of school to let that glorious day of graduation be the day of 'arrival,' of having 'made it,' of being 'done' with learning. We have certainly felt tempted by those thoughts and have even given into them at times, but now that we have moved our tassels and received our hoods we are beginning to feel just how wrong we were. The surprise for us has not so much been that there is still more to learn, but rather how much we miss being pushed to learn it.

So what do we do? Well, we are learning that we are just going to have to sit our butts down dive back into books again. There are no more book lists, nor more required readings, and not even any more particularized fields of study that we are restricted to. Linds and I were talking about it this morning, and we decided that we need to constantly anchor ourselves in thoughts that will stretch us, grow us, and mature us, and so to begin this we are going to go back to some of the books that laid the foundation for what we believe is true and right about God, Man, Creation, and the relationships between them all. The photo below depicts some of books that have formed or are currently forming us, and that we are thinking through and reflecting on.

They are:
- Michael Williams, Far As the Curse is Found
- Dan Allender, The Wounded Heart
- Vigen Guroian, Tending the Heart of Virtue
- James Herriot, All Creatures Great and Small
- Christopher Wright, The Mission of the People of God
- Kathryn Stockett, The Help
- J. K. Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


(The chair in the above is an Ekornes chair, and if you have
never sat in one then your butt has never truly rested)

What books and thoughts have helped to form you and your approach towards life? How do you find yourself living out of these ideas in the everyday?

We are excited to revisit our past literary loves and future discoveries as we go along, and we'd love to interact with you about yours as well!

- Drew
 
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