eNewsletter September 2011
// September 2nd, 2011 // eNewsletters
Summer is not quite behind us yet! Today, September 2 the weather-gurus are forecasting the highest natural temperature of the summer for here in Louisville – 102F! But soon, we’ll be into fall and then the cold of winter. With the change of seasons comes a natural change in ministry activity. Those out of our offices and in the field begin to return ‘home’. As part of their return we assess how the year went – and begin to make plans for winter, and into next year, for ministry opportunities.
Andy White, a mission staff member for nearly 10 years has accepted a position in Discipleship and Worship with his church. As a result we now have a new staff member leading our Help Build Hope ministry. His name is Brian Snivley. We welcome Brian to our team, as we bless Andy in his new pastoral ministry at his home church.
The economic condition of the nation is taking a toll on the ministry of CrossRoads Missions. Our financial picture is slimmer than it has ever been in our history. So much so that every staff members support donations has been reviewed, and quite a few contacted about reductions in monthly salary relative to the amount of donations received. In addition, we’ve taken steps to get our overall operating expenses as lean as possible as we look into the future. This translates into our ability to reach out to opportunities for ministry and discipleship. Pray with us, for our board, and our leadership for wisdom in handling the financial resources donated to us – and for the future direction of CrossRoads Missions, for all of our staff as well.
Jim has been working on several major programming projects. The work on the North West Haiti Christian Misson project continues. He also has several large projects underway for the Global Community Health Evangelism Network. These along with regular updates and maintenance of minstry needs and ministry web site needs keep him pretty busy throughout the day – and sometimes night and weekends.
Caleb continues to improve and grow! We are so grateful for how God has blessed us, and our Elizabeth and Matthew, with this little man. He is now somewhere in the neighborhood of 5 pounds and 5 ounces – quite a change from 1 pound and 9 ounces.
By the time you receive this newsletter he will have left the care of the NICU at Good Samaritan hospital and is now at home, his home, with his mommy and daddy.
There will still be much for him to overcome as his body continues to develop in the months ahead. Still risks involved, and of course expenses.
Matter of fact. To date insurance has paid more than $560,000 in medical bills for Caleb. That’s just astounding!
Caleb’s story is one of seeing God show Himself huge – in all respects. It’s an amazing thing to attempt to grasp with knowing the details that we do. Hundreds around the world have been praying for him, and Elizabeth and Matt. Many have made donations to www.calebsfund.com to help with medical and other expenses. People have responded in whatever way they are capable of by bringing meals, giving food gift cards, mowing their lawn and cleaning their house. What a testimony of God working through His people. We cannot be grateful and thankful enough – just to have been a part of it all.
As Caleb’s mommy and daddy say “keep those prayers coming!”.
Lord bless all of you – we are “serving with you because of Him”.
Jim and Phyllis
Jim and Phyllis are faith-based independent missionaries commissioned by Faith Bible Church, Cincinnati, Oh, serving with CrossRoads Missions in Louisville, Kentucky. Donations to their ministry may be made through CrossRoads Missions, 3231 Ruckriegel Parkway, Louisville, KY, 40299. Please include a note with your donation indicating your desire to direct it to Jim and Phyllis Null’s Ministry Area.
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