Greetings, I hope this newsletter finds each of you well. My name is Amber, and I was accepted as a global partner at the end of 2015.
I am preparing to relocate to Romania to serve as a coordinator for Roma Ministry with Hope Church. This past month or two, I have been working with my local church to guarantee their continued investment in me—spiritually and financially—while I am living overseas. Though I am not the first person they have supported long-term, I am apparently the first to insist on a more holistic partnership. However, having stressed the importance of prayer support and encouragement over mere financial gifts, the mission committee has realized the church is missing a huge part of what it means to support missions. The committee is now generating ways for the church, as a whole, to be more intentional with our brothers and sisters working around the globe. Though the process has been long, I am thankful for what it could mean in the future.
As far as a time line for beginning ministry in Romania, I do not have one yet. I had hoped to be there in May for the Balkan church planters' conference, but perhaps I can attend next year. My goal, as of now, is to be there by September; there is a conference scheduled then for Roma leaders—and people who work with Roma—that I would really like to attend. At this point, meeting this deadline, greatly depends on funding. I try to continually remind myself that God is not limited by my connections, the economy, or any other factors. The God who has provided a place where I can use the passions, gifts, and abilities He has given me, can provide the resources I will need to get me there and sustain me.
Please pray with me for the following:
-God to provide everything necessary to do His work
-the Roma people
-my local church to intentionally invest in the missionaries it sends.
Grace and peace,