Saturday, December 14, 2013

Northern Road Trip: Sonora, Redding, Portland

Greetings from Redding, CA!

For the last week we have been so blessed to once again hit the road and spend time with some truly wonderful people. With our bags packed once again, we left the central coast last Friday and headed north.

Our first stop brought us to Sonora, California where we were able to connect with important Global-Effect leaders for prayer and deliberation. Our director Ryan Helbling was stateside and we wanted to take the opportunity to meet up with him before he returned to Tanzania. Friday night, we were at the house of Global-Effect board members Dale and Marcella Cannon and had an intimate time being prayed over by these wonderful spiritual elders. When we woke up Saturday morning, God had given us a beautiful layer of snow and Promise got to experience snow for the first time.

The following day we headed further north to Redding, CA to connect with Steve and Ruth Hamill for a couple days. The Hamill family were in Tanzania last year and have a burden for the orphan crisis in the country. We spent time getting to know them and also talking about possible solutions for having kids in family units, aside from the typical orphanage model. It was a blessing to hear their heart for starting a Families Village in the area of Mtakuja, Tanzania and we are excited for all that God has in store as we pursue orphan care with Global-Effect.

On Monday, we traversed icy parts of Interstate 5 and made it up to Portland, Oregon to connect with Nexus Portland, a church plant in Northeast Portland. We had such an incredibly blessed time with Pastor Trevor Gavin, his wife Julianne and our dear friend Nicole McDaniel who are the founding members of this church plant. It was awesome to see the ways God is using this church to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ and He is adding to their number. They are passionate about God and passionate about seeing Him touch their city. We truly felt inspired and empowered being among the church there and exploring that great city. While we were in Portland we were also able to connect with other friends, including have a sit-down with a couple that opened an orphanage only a hour from Moshi. It's been great to see all that God is up to in other places of the country and world.

We are now back in Redding (see beautiful Mt. Shasta in the header photo) spending time with our friend Lauren who was a missionary in Tanzania the same time as we were there previously. On Monday, we'll return to the central coast. We love exploring and seeing what the Lord is up to in other areas. This trip has been exactly that! So blessed by those that we've been able to connect with on this trip and excited for our ministry partners throughout the states.
A Beautiful Winter Wonderland in Sonora, CA

Our Return Date is Set - January 28th, 2014
One of the things that we were able to discuss with our director, Ryan, was plane tickets. The travel agent has given us a few options and we came across some tickets that were just too good to pass up. On January 28th we will fly out of Los Angeles to Istanbul, Turkey, spend the night in Istanbul and fly to Kilimanjaro the following day. This puts as back in Moshi on the 30th of January, hence making our target time of January a reality by two days. As we started fundraising a few months ago, getting the return date we hoped for seemed so improbable, but our God is able! We have been so encouraged by those that have come alongside us and we thank you!

We're not there yet though! We have had enough funding come in that we were able to step out in faith to purchase the tickets through Turkey. We haven't yet met all of our financial goals. We are still in need of more monthly supporters and one time gifts that help sustain our ministry in Tanzania. We are at about 70% of our monthly need commitments and still need at least $5,000 to cover other returning costs like first six monthes rent, fixing our car and settling into our new home and ministry. Please consider supporting our ministry advancing the Kingdom of God and preaching the gospel in Tanzania. We are excited for what God is doing in northern Tanzania and hope that you'll join alongside.

How To Give To "The Stivers in Tanzania"
1. Send A Check
Make it payable to 'Global-EFFECT' and write 'BMS' on the memo line. They will know to credit it to our ministry account. Please do not write our name anywhere on the check.

Send the check to:
Global Effect
PO Box 992856
Redding, CA 96099

2. Donate Online
Often, giving online is easier and certainly quicker and our supporters are able to do that as well. Just follow the link below, or if you are on the Global-EFFECT website follow the instructions from their tab "Donate." An easy thing with the online giving is you can easily set up a monthly recurring donation by simply checking that box. Fill in the amount that you'll be giving, your contact information so we know who is giving and under "Program' write in 'BMS' so that it is credited to our ministry account. Click "Add to Basket." The online company JustGive takes a 4.5% processing fee. 





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