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With our return to the States, I have had a lot of time to process this last year.  Man, God is good!  I have come to understand the joy, the struggle, the challenge, the fulfillment of completely surrendering my life, my family’s livelihood, and my fears, hopes and dreams to God.

I want to thank everyone that has supported us over this past year.  Without you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.  By praying, giving financial support, and being hospitable and opening your homes to us, you have helped provide for our family.  I think that often we forget that everyday we live our lives for Christ.  By living our lives for Christ every day, we become the instruments of his provision.  From the simple smile to a complete stranger, helping friends move, supporting a charity, serving the homeless, supporting missionaries around the World, you are actively engaging the communal mission of being a follower of Christ.  Thank you!

We will be in the states till December of this year.  We plan to raise support for a 2-year commitment with Mission Corps, serving the Sweet Surrender Coffee Shop ministry in Krakow, Poland.  This is going to be a big step of faith, since we wont be working or receiving an income during this time.  Please pray for us during this time that support will arrive when we need it.

If you would like to contribute financially to us we have two ways online or by check

The check should be made out to “General Treasurer, Church of the Nazarene” and marked for “Poland – Graves, Brad – Mission Corps”.  All checks can be sent to:
Church of the Nazarene
Global Treasury Services
PO Box 843116
Kansas City, MO  64184

Online giving through:

Mission Corps (Tax Deductible):  http://web.nazarene.org/goto/TheGraves

or to our Personal Account with PayPal:  By selecting the Donate button on our webpage www.gravesabroad.com

To give you an idea of how far your support financially can go, here is a short list:

         1 year        2 years
$5/month $60 $120
$10/month $120 $240
$20/month $240 $480
$50/month $600 $1,200
$100/month $1,200 $2,400

 

Other ways to support us financially:

  • Target, Gas, Food Gift Cards – to provide for our family’s food, travel, diapers/baby products or day-to-day needs
  • For specific items we have created a wish list on amazon:  http://amzn.com/w/2KUO1YON9O5OD

We also have prayer requests:

Pray for…

  • Peace
  • Wisdom
  • Direction
  • Meeting potential new volunteers to serve in Poland at both our sites (Krakow and Poznan)
  • Financial provision: We do not plan on holding traditional jobs due to the amount of traveling we plan on doing
  • Being at the right place at the right time
  • Sweet Surrender Coffee Shops(Poznan and Krakow): For volunteers currently serving, growth, and for us to be present in our communities

 

Traveling Mercies…

  • Flights to our varying destinations, return flight to Poland
  • Vehicles to shuttle a family of four and safety during our travels
  • Housing while we travel to all the various regions

 

Open doors…

  • Traditional Services
  • Mission Nights
  • Small Groups
  • Coffee Nights

 

 

Tomorrow

I walked out of Sweet Surrender for the last time this year.  God has been moving in incredible ways and speaking through many people.  We have faced adversity, spiritual warfare, depression, God’s presence and peace, trials and temptations, and everything in between unlike any other time in our lives.  Yet, we have seen the deepest growth with our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

We will arrive in Boston tomorrow night.   We will tour the U.S, sharing our testimony to the power of God, the Authority of God, and the power of following His call on your life.

We first were called in June of 2012.  We left the States in December of 2012.  We leave Poland July of 2013.  We plan to return in December of 2013 for a two year commitment.

If you ever doubt the provision of God in your life, I would love to share our story with you.  The reality is that the God who calls you, WILL make a way!  Be encouraged that God will use what you feel are weaknesses as strengths. Be encouraged that God is your provider, and if a blind man can receive sight…he can take care of you too!  Prayer is a powerful tool you have at your disposal.  Communicate with your God and SEEK HIM!

I know tomorrow will be difficult, traveling with youngsters usually is.  But!  I am reminded of this song….

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
Because He lives, all fear is gone;
Because I know He holds the future,
And life is worth the living,
Just because He lives!

Ways to Support Us

First I would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the last year.  God has truly used you to bless my family.  We have taken a huge leap of faith by transplanting our family half way across the globe, and you have helped us dwell in the peace of the Almighty!  I pray that as God calls you to step out of your comfort zone, that we may be present in your family’s life in some way!

Here are some ways that you can help support my family:

Pray for…

  • Peace
  • Wisdom
  • Direction
  • Open doors
  • Meeting potential new volunteers to serve in Poland at both our sites (Krakow and Poznan)
  • Financial provision: We do not plan on holding traditional jobs due to the amount of traveling we plan on doing
  • Traveling Mercies
  • Being at the right place at the right time
  • Sweet Surrender Coffee Shops(Poznan and Krakow): For volunteers currently serving, growth, and for us to be present in our communities

Transportation…

  • Flights to our varying destinations, return flight to Poland
  • Vehicles to shuttle a family of four, and the car seats to do so
  • Housing while we travel to all the various regions

Speaking Opportunities…

  • Traditional Services
  • Mission Nights
  • Small Groups
  • Open up your home for us to share with friends and family, “Coffee Nights”

Financially…

  • The donation button on this blog site is for our personal funds.  This will provide the most direct way to support us while we are in the States.
  • If you go to our Church webpage you can give a tax deductible gift: http://web.nazarene.org/goto/TheGraves

Here is our tentative plan:

July 17-31   Boston, MA

August 1-September 9  Portland, OR

September 10-23    Pagosa Springs, CO

September 24-October 1   Kansas City

October 2-14    Tulsa, OK

October 15-November 3    Oklahoma City

November 4-19   Houston-San Antonio, TX

November 22-23 Friends Wedding in Dallas, TX

November 24-Dec 4    Arlington, TX

Please keep in mind these dates are tentative!

If there is anything that my family can pray for you about, please let us know via Facebook message or email!  Thanks!

 

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