28 November 2010

Thanksgiving and Wish List

Last year around this time, I wrote a list of occasions for thanks in the Pittsley family. God has certainly not stopped lavishing his kindness upon us. Here is another set of recent examples:

  1. I am thankful for a very comfortable bed, wherever God has chosen to take us in the United States.
  2. I am thankful that Josiah ate his turkey without a battle this year.
  3. I am thankful that I can see my computer desk again. Being gone for a month can put you a bit behind on mail.
  4. I am "grateful that God has given us not a day, but an eternity, to thank him for his immeasurable grace in Jesus Christ" (Bob Kauflin).
  5. I am thankful that I had something other than shopping that I needed to do on Black Friday.
  6. I am thankful that the Bible is so readily available in my first language.
  7. I am thankful for Pocket Testament League, for example, making their gospels of John available for free/cheap.
  8. I am thankful for Wii Fit Plus on days like Thanksgiving Day when I don't get up early enough to walk.
  9. I am thankful for a final opportunity to present our ministry this weekend. Partners come through presentations.
  10. I am thankful for my little boy who asks, "Why does creamer make coffee light, but not sugar?"
  11. I am thankful for my littler boy who introduces Josiah to complete strangers without prompting. He's a social little fellow.
  12. I am thankful for my wife. I think she likes me.
  13. I am thankful for Weetabix; they're unbeatabix.
  14. I am thankful for a place for us to stay while we wrap up this part of deputation. It's good to have family on my side in this mission.
  15. I am thankful to be wrapping up this part of deputation.
  16. I am thankful for our current individual and church partners who are faithfully supporting our ministry.
  17. I am thankful for three churches and one individual family who have all recently indicated that they plan to become our regular financial partners in the near future.
  18. I am thankful for a God whose love for me does not depend on my love for him but rather secures my love for him.
  19. I am thankful for God's Son whose blood-bought benefits are not earned by my purity but rather constitute my purity.
  20. I am thankful for Christ's Spirit whose faithfulness does not depend on my faith but rather sustains my faith.
  21. I am thankful for a Church whose Head is reigning, whose Foundation is incorruptible, whose charter is unassailable, whose mission is unstoppable, and whose innumerable, worldwide, millennia-spanning membership shall be one day be both whole and pure.
Along with my most recent newsletter, I sent a wish list to our recently visited churches. As we begin to transition to overseas ministries, some churches have asked for ways they can help us with one-time gifts because long-term financial commitments are difficult to make in the current economy. With that request in mind, I have assembled the following list of one-time needs and requests for our time in Zambia. Please don’t feel in any way obligated, but if you or your church would like to help provide for part or all of one of the following requests, we would be grateful.



Request
Cost
*Airline Tickets
$6,000.00
Electronic Library for Curriculum Development
$1,500.00
Vehicle/Transportation Costs @ $100/mo
$1,200.00
Internet Connection Costs @ $100/mo
$1,200.00
Internet Setup Fees
$1,000.00
Air Conditioner Wall Unit
$1,000.00
*Expedited Passports
$800.00
*Visas
$400.00
Water filtration system
$400.00
*Extra Checked Luggage Fee
$336.00
*Police Clearance Documents
$100.00
Research Scanner for Curriculum Development
$100.00
*Two Action Packers $100.00
*Travel costs for our transition to Zambia have been substantially underwritten by recent extraordinary gifts from supporting churches , but Grace Baptist Mission forwarded us the majority of the funds to be repaid as the Lord provides.

Let me know if you would like to help us get on our way! Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

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