June Financial Update
It has now been one year since we went to our first training with Wycliffe and officially began our journey of developing our partnership team. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of all those that have given and prayed for us and supported us in this ministry!
We have done a lot in this last year and we are starting to feel so close to getting on the field! Despite the craziness of quarantine and all the unknown, we are still on track to start language school in France in January 2021.
This means that the only thing between us and France is reaching the financial goals that still lie ahead of us.
Here's what that looks like:
Remaining Monthly Need
Below is a chart that shows how our actual promised monthly income (blue) compares to the Ministry Budget (green) that Wycliffe has set for us. How exciting to see how close that blue line is getting to the top!
That budget looked like a cliff ahead of us when we started this journey a year ago. Now we can see that mountain of financial partners that God has teamed us up with that have helped us nearly reach the top. In order to leave for France in January, our promised income needs to reach the top by around October in order to allow for time to get tickets, visas, and make all the necessary arrangements. That seems so incredibly possible after what we've seen God do in the last 12 months.
Launch Expense Account
Wycliffe has also helped us by preparing us for all the expenses that come just to get us on the field. Some are little and some are big, but it has been so valuable for us to walk through this part of preparation. This budget that they set for us is called our Launch Expense Account (LEA) and includes one-time expenses.
Here's a helpful way to think about these budgets:
The Monthly Ministry Budget (above) is what keeps us on the field for the long haul.
The Launch Expense Account is what gets us there.
These are some of the things that it covers (bold indicates that we have already paid these expenses out of our LEA):
Equip (our very first orientation training with Wycliffe)
Intercultural Communications Course in Waxhaw, NC
2 semesters at DIU for linguistics training
The extra cost of living during our time in France (we've paid our deposits)
Visas (both for France and Africa)
Plane tickets (again for France and Africa)
Household setup once we are on the field
A vehicle once we get on the field
The initial amount for this budget, as I'm sure you can imagine, hit us with a little bit of sticker shock. But even through this, God has shown himself to be generous and has surrounded us with very generous people.
These expenses are covered primarily in one of two ways:
1. All of the special or extra gifts that come into our account typically go toward these expenses.
2. Any surplus of our monthly income each month can be allocated for these expenses.
This is where living in the camper has proven to be the most beneficial to our ministry! Each month, we are able to put money aside into this account, and every month we've had extra gifts above our monthly promises that have also gone to this fund.
I'm happy to say that we have already met $23,000 of our LEA expenses. And we have money in savings set aside to go toward more of those expenses!
We still need $33,151 to meet all the launch expenses that remain. We are continuing to save as much as possible from our monthly ministry income.
Would you consider partnering with our Wycliffe ministry by helping us complete our launch expenses? We cannot say enough that every little bit helps. We have nearly 80 individuals and churches giving a variety of amounts that are all a part of meeting the monthly ministry budget that Wycliffe has set for us. We are confident that our LEA will be met in a similar way.
Well, we also want to keep you up-to-date with our plans as we are able to. As I said earlier, we are still on track to be in France in January. Please be praying for all those doors to open as international travel begins to open back up around the world.
The school we are attending in Dallas (DIU), has just announced that they will be offering all of their classes both in-person (with limited seating) and synchronously through Zoom. We have decided to enroll in synchronous classes in order to give us the most time to travel to potential partners and to have adequate time to finalize and prepare for our overseas move.
If you know of any friends or churches that might be interested in partnering with Bible translation, please let us know. We would love to continue building relationships with others that are excited and passionate about the ministry that God has called us to.
Thank you for your prayers. We are praying for you too!