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Chapter 22: These Three Things

…and what does the Lord require of you but to act justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 (Thanks Annie for posting this verse!)

 

Life is difficult.  Well, we make it that way.  Sometimes it’s just nice to break it down into some simple rules of life, like in Micah 6:8.  Act justly, love kindness, walk humbly….with God.  I know that Michelle and I try to make the life of a missionary much more difficult than it needs to be.  I think we just need to break it down into some easy rules to follow:  Make Coffee, Love people, Trust God.

 

Michelle went back to the states to help her dad, Bob, with post surgery healing. Bob is doing well but is still dealing with some health issues. Michelle was able to help relieve some stress from her parents and just help with things around the house. Thank you every one who was praying for Michelle and her family. The prayers were felt every single day of her trip.

 

I survived Michelle being in the States for 15 days, while I was in Poland with the kids.  I think it seemed like a documentary horror film for Michelle during our daily skype calls.  You know, it started off all happy go lucky, then the shock and terror starts to kick in.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids….I just love having a tag team partner when I’m losing my mind.  Find a single parent near you, and love them to death.  They may seem like they have it all together, but trust me, they would love you if you gave them a night out or adult conversations.

 

When Michelle arrived back from the states, all jet lagged and exhausted, we had just a few crazy days till we were off to our Field Conference in Vajta, Hungary.  Lets just say we went from getting ready to abandon ship to being refocused on God’s call on our family’s life to be in Poland.  Sometimes life gets overwhelming and you just need to take a step back, realize you are not alone, and that until God releases you, you have not been released.  God knew we needed this conference and it was such a blessing!  Kuddos to the Sunberg family and the many volunteers that pulled off a great event!  It was so amazing to have so many cultures, languages, and countries being represented.  All a part of the Church of the Nazarene!

 

We left refreshed, renewed, and rejuvenated.

 

I arrived for the night and then headed to Warasw for the Poland AeroPress Championships.  Since the EuroGastro Coffee Olympics and the Barista Cup, I have started build more relationships with the Polish coffee community.  It is great meeting so many people that have the same passions as I do.  One day I hope for the opportunity to share my other passion in Jesus with these people!  Pray for these opportunities with my coffee friends!

 

News Flash!  We found our apartment!  We spent many weeks searching tirelessly through all the many ads, visited a few duds, and then boom!!  We found a beautiful apartment in the middle of Kazmierz, the old Jewish Quarter, the middle of town, 2 tram stops from the city center and the coffee shop.  PRAISE THE LORD!!  It has everything we want in an apartment.  Our new friends Dan and Katy-Beth would say this is a Jesus house, because only Jesus could have made it happen.  It is so true!  If it were not for Jesus we wouldn’t be living here, and probably end up paying twice the amount!

 

We are excited for these upcoming weeks of hosting a choir from NNU, students from Trevecca Nazarene Unversity,  Work in Witness teams from Oregon, Michigan and Texas.

 

We are also working alongside other protestant churches..and quite frankly great friends of ours from all over the world..to build a strong youth that are passionate about following Christ. Some ways we are able to get the teens of Krakow together is a Teen Partay. This means tons of pizza, soda, video games, ice breaker games, relays and music. This past teen night we had a group of teens form a band and perform for the entire event. It went well and we were so proud of our teens!

 

Sweet Surrender Krakow is about to say goodbye to almost all of the staff as most are moving away, graduating school and getting “real jobs” (ha not a chance!). We are sad to see these wonderful ladies go but we know that the Lord has allowed our daily lives to be a ministry to these girls. We pray that whatever seed that may be planted would continue to grow. These Sweet Surrender ladies have helped us with stacks upon stacks of paperwork, translating phone calls, sending a plethora of emails online, allowing us to practice our broken Polish on them and even watching Loralie and Jack from time to time. I think it is safe to say we have been spoiled.

 

 

We would like to make it known that we are looking for people who would be willing to join us in Financial Support.  We are now looking for 125 people to support us with $20 a month.  The reason we are asking for monthly support is to bring better balance for our family.  With monthly support being fulfilled, this will enable us to focus more long term and prevent us from having to travel for so long in the states.  As of right now it has been 8-13 months on the field, 4-6 months off the field.  We would like to help our kids have a more stable home life.  But God knows how to provide for the call…and He called my family!  How refreshing!  Any amount per month would be a true blessing!

 

 

Here are some ways that you guys can keep us in your prayers:

-That God continues to lead us and direct us with our ministry in Poland.

-For 100% in Monthly Support to be raised

-The relationships we have with staff, coffee community, and the parents of young family’s in our circles

-For language studies, shop management, and community outreach

-In January we plan to return to the states for three months to share what Jesus is doing here in Poland and to also raise enough funds to stay in Poland longer-term.

 

 

In closing let us say THANK YOU for your sacrifice for the Graves’ family!! You have prayed for us as we have followed God on this adventure we call life. You have also given your time, your money and your kind, encouraging words. Us missionaries live off of the word from God and His call..but we also survive by His people who surround us with what we need! Praise God for you!

 

Please let us know if there is anything that we can pray for you about!  God bless!

 

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