A lot has happened since our last update, and it’s exciting to see what the Lord has been doing! After our graduation from Baptist Bible Translators Institute in May, we took a short vacation to celebrate our anniversary (it’s already been a year!) and then packed up our house and headed to Missouri. As our sending church is in northeast Missouri, that is our home area while we are traveling for deputation.
Our deputation journey started with a meeting in Pennsylvania, and throughout June we had meetings in North Carolina, then went to Illinois, and back to North Carolina. We had some great meetings, including a week of camp where we greatly enjoyed interacting with both juniors and teens.
We began July by traveling back to Missouri for a week of VBS at our home church, the First Baptist Church of Wayland, MO. This was a very busy week for us, as I (Nathan) preached to the kids four times and headed up the outdoor game time all week, and Hannah taught the kids some good songs, including some in French. It was an exciting week that we greatly enjoyed, and the Lord worked in a great way; a total of seven children made decisions either to accept Christ or to get assurance of their salvation!
After the week of VBS, Hannah and Daniel left for Côte d'Ivoire to be with her sister for the birth of her baby, due at the end of this month. God provided through answered prayer and someone who wanted to finance the trip so Hannah could be with her sister during this special time. We had a couple weeks open in our schedule, so it worked out for Hannah to be with her family and for me to stay at home and work and spend some extra time with my family before we leave for the field. Hannah’s niece was born on July 25th, a healthy little baby girl! Pray for safety for Hannah and Daniel while they are there and safe travels as they return to the States at the beginning of August.
The Lord has been providing greatly for us, and it is so exciting to see our support come in! Some of our support is in monthly commitments, and some is in lump sums contributed toward our trip, but in total, the Lord has provided about 70% of our short-term support! As we watch God provide, we find it proven over and over that “He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again.”
We are well on track to be heading to Côte d’Ivoire by Thanksgiving of this year, and that time is quickly approaching! Thank you all so much for your prayers and support! I pray that the Lord will greatly bless you in return for the blessing you are to us!
Nathan, Hannah and Daniel Schrock