Update — August 2017

Patrick with Youth

009 Mission Update 08 01 2017

“Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4:35)

Nigeria was hot and dry. Mississippi is hot and humid. The latter has been harder to get used to. We’re dealing with the reverse culture shock of adapting to summer in the South again! But in spite of the heat, it’s been a busy season for Dayspring Mission.

In mid-July We helped out with the annual Camp Macon at nearby Lake Forest Ranch. This is a week long Christian camp sponsored by the community for the youth of Noxubee County.

We connected with many young folks. Some of these we hope to see become future students in our program. We also shared one evening with over one hundred camp staffers about our journey from Belize to Nigeria to Macon. Many of the staff have been praying for a local, long-term outreach to the youth. Needless to say, there was much excitement about the Lord bringing Dayspring Mission to Noxubee County.

Every Wednesday we’ve been helping out with a summer children’s program hosted by a local church. Our friend, Pastor Carl, invited us to share missionary stories. It reminded me of being back in the village in Belize!

I was teaching about Isobel Kuhn, a missionary to China. In recounting the circumstances that brought her to Christ, I said, “Isobel had a boyfriend in college, but something happened that made her very sad. Can you guess what that was?”

“She found out he had AIDS!” one young man offered.

The actual answer was that her boyfriend broke up with her. But this was one of those comments that offers insight into the environmental reality of many teens in the room. Processing a statement like that is very helpful in cross-cultural ministry.

Patrick spent a week in Gulfport, Mississippi helping out with Gulfhaven Mennonite Church’s VBS. He told the story of Mary Slessor. She was a pioneer missionary in Nigeria. So that was a story that Patrick could really breathe some life into!

A group from a local church in Macon recently came for a work day at the facility. We were able to knock out three walls, change a number of light fixtures to LEDs, hang a few fans and paint a room. We’re excited about the progress that was made and are grateful for the local churches that the Lord has raised up as co-laborers.

Thank you to all who’ve donated new and used tools for the teaching facility! If you’re interested, we can still use more–hand, garden and power tools. Also, be sure to check out the Amazon wishlist. We appreciate those of you who’ve bought items off of it already. What you see there now are specific items that are still needed for the facility.

May the Lord bless you for your prayers and support!

In His service,

Jeff and Patrick

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