"My first thought was how soon as you start?

Last month when I was at OCAMPR, a young lady introduced herself, 

“Are you Geoff? I’m Moriah, and I’ve been wanting to meet you! I heard you do missionary care, and that’s exactly what I want to do!” It was so meaningful to realized that our work is blazing a trail that others, like Marina, can envision themselves on. How cool is that!

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As I’ve been reflecting on 2018, a refrain from an old hymn, keeps coming to mind. 

Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

A lot has happened in 2018—far more than I could have even imagined a year ago.The biggest milestones include: 

  • completing the requirements for a second degree ending eight years of study!

  • 1,000th client contact hour needed to be licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

  • Kriss taking her qualifying exams (as you read this email)--she’s been reading a book a day for six months to prepare.

  • Receiving a competitive grant and hiring a research team to help analysis my multi year research project on missionary resiliency.

There’s been a lot of momentum with missionary care with OCMC too. The most significant was the invitation to share at the OCMC board meeting in November. 

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I’ll send another email next week sharing about doors that are opening in 2019 and how you can get involved. When I began working at OCMC 12 years ago, I never imagined sharing the dreams I’m going to be sharing with you next week!

I want to end with a sincere thank you. We couldn’t have done this year without the support of others. Some of that support has been simple—a short prayer, a quick reply to an email, a sincere question about how we’re doing. Some of it has been significant—a number of donors have given faithfully to make this ministry dream a reality (2018 was the first year I didn’t need to take any payroll reductions/cuts from lack of funds!).

Whatever you’ve done, be it sacrificial or simple, I’m grateful.You’ve helped to blaze a trail that I couldn’t have even imagined was a possibility a year ago. I can’t wait to tell you more about this next week.

Our St. Herman Webinar will be next Thursday (12/13) at 12:00 (EST).

I’ll share:

  • the three key relationships for missionary resiliency that I found in the research. The third one was a real surprise. 

  • my 1+5 Ps framework for helping missionaries—which you can use to help someone in your life today.

  • I’ll also answer your questions about missionary care.

What are your 1 or 2 biggest questions about our ministry?