Monday, April 8, 2013

We're Official!


So recently, James and I found out that we have been accepted as missionaries by Commission to Every Nation, or CTEN for short.  This is really exciting news for us, and means we can really get things moving along!  Here's a summary of what this means for us:

Since last fall, we have been looking into different mission agencies that we can become affiliated with in order to be legit missionaries in Guatemala.  We looked at many agencies including some of the big names such as Pioneers and the Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board.  We really loved how these agencies worked, but God quickly closed these doors when we found out that they were no longer sending missionaries to much of Latin America, including Guatemala, due to the fact that these nations are now considered to be "reached" by many agency standards.  For example, Guatemala is considered to be reached since the majority of the nation's population considers themselves to be Catholic and approximately one-third to be Protestant.

So we began focusing on other agencies that focused specifically on Latin America.  While talking with Nathan Hardeman, the founder of Engadi Ministries, we found that he was affiliated with CTEN.  As we looked more and more into this agency we knew that this was where God was leading us to apply.  So in December, we began the process of applying to CTEN.  After one really long application, several essays, the help of several close friends and members of our church for references, background checks, and a Skype interview (which was a first for both of us), we found out that we had been officially accepted.  Yahoo!!!

We've been asked a lot, "So what's the big deal about having a mission agency?" or, "Why is it important to have a missionary-sending agency?"  Good question.  We wanted to go through an agency for several reasons.  First of all, a mission agency will provide much of the training that we need to become missionaries before we get in the field.  They will also look out for us once we get to Guatemala, and be a security net for us to look to for help and support.  CTEN will also help us to get our name out, and organize many of our publications for us.  (On that note, if you would like to be added to our mailing list, send us an email at with your name and address so we can keep in contact with you when we leave.  We want to stay connected with people here!!!)   So CTEN will help us to get into the field, and will also help us to maximize our impact when we get to Guatemala.  They will provide accountability for us as well as pastoral care.  Also, since we are raising 100% of our support, CTEN provides a way for all of our donations to be tax deductible in order to get us onto the field.

We are really excited about all of the progress that has been happening lately, and are also happy to announce that we are able to begin accepting donations that are tax deductible.  Please prayerfully consider supporting us as we journey to Guatemala to impact the lives of young boys in troubling situations through Engadi Ministries.  Often, it seems as though the amount of money we'll have to raise is insurmountable, and it is, really.  But not with God.  James and I want to invite you to be a part of the work we have been called to in the lives of these boys.  We will put our boots on the ground in Guatemala with your support.  If you feel led to give you can do so by following this link:

"And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.  Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him."
Mark 11:22-23


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