Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas - Our One Month Anniversay

Kia Ora Friends,


Merry Christmas! I hope each of you are well as you approach the holidays this year. I’m sitting at my desk in our home writing you from a Christmas environment different from any other I’ve experienced. Instead of cold weather, I’m in shorts and wrestling with humidity. Instead of pine trees dusted with white, we have pohutukawa trees (the New Zealand Christmas tree—look it up on Google—they’re beautiful) in blossom. Instead of a real tree, we decided on an artificial one. We can’t find a copy of A Christmas Story to watch (THIS IS TRAGIC – we watch it every year!). I can actually find parking at area shopping stores and not learn new sign language from other drivers because Christmas is much less commercial here (that’s a good thing!). Our Christmas routine is a bit different this year.

At the same time, we’ve been able to hold on to many things. I came home with a Poinsettia plant for DaNae yesterday and it shouts Christmas from the center of our lounge. As I write this, I hear Aedan practicing his lines for a Christmas play at church (he’s Joseph – his first leading role). “Don’t worry Mary, God will take care of us. Let’s try this inn.” Knock-knock-knock. “Hi sir, do you have room for my wife and I.” Each night, we work our way through our advent calendar (one we’ve had for years that both boys look forward to each Christmas). In a very different environment, we’ve been able to hold onto what’s important about Christmas.

If you would, I’d like a few moments of your time to share what has taken place, what is going on now, and what is to come in the next month. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join us here in New Zealand through this letter.

We’ve been here for one month now. In this time, we’ve set up our home, built relationships with people at cession (our church), started relationships with our neighbors, and started the ministry God has for us here. The picture to the right is the view from our home. This is the Highland Park neighborhood – the community our church reaches out to. It is a very diverse part of Auckland – over 180 nationalities are represented in this community. It is just as common to hear a foreign language spoken as people walk by as it is to hear English. Our church is a 15 minute walk from home.

For those praying for our adjustment, thank you! I’ve been amazed at how God has worked. The boys love it here and made friends right away. Caleb looks forward to Tuesday mornings because he serves with us at a community ministry cession does called Mainly Music (a biblically-based toddler music program). He’s following in Dad’s footsteps and running the technical side of things – he’s our power point person during the program and plays with the toddlers afterwards. It’s a great fit for his desire to serve and connect with people. As a family, we are picking up bits of Maori (one of New Zealand’s three official languages) and looking for ways to learn more. I think this is the language we will learn while here. Skype and MagicJack have been lifesavers in our efforts to stay connected with friends and family in the states.

Please continue to pray for us as we serve in New Zealand and pray for others to become part of this team. When we left the states, we knew we were still in need of funds. Even though we’ve been appointed for 2 years, the reality is that we are here as long as our support enables it – we will need to come home early if our financial support runs out. As churches and individuals, would you pray for God to continue to provide the financial support to keep us here for the full term? Throughout this journey, God has surprised us many times in how He’s provided for this to happen. Sometimes it’s been through people who already support us, sometimes it’s been through people we’ve approached, and sometimes it’s seemed like it was just “out of the blue.” We know God has brought us here and really feel blessed when people have moved when God has prompted them.

In this next month, we are setting the foundation for community ministries through cession, even as we help with existing ministries. DaNae and I are here to help cession engage their community through outreach. We are working through how to mobilize members and turn their ministry ideas into realities. For those of you who are organizational in your thinking, we are here to model serving others and help leaders put a ministry plan to their vision. Pray for us as we meet with people (inside and outside of cession) to determine community needs and cession’s ability to act on them.


It’s still a bit surreal when I think that we are finally here in New Zealand, finally partnering with the church God put in our heart several years ago. Each of you receiving this (churches and individuals, prayer and financial supporters) are part of the team God pulled together to make this happen – several times each day, we thank God for you! We are here investing in the church because you resonated with the vision for the New Zealand church and invested in us. We can’t do this without you – it’s pretty cool how God knits us together! With that said, ka kite (kah-keetay – Maori for see you again) – thanks for joining us in the journey.

Love,
Rob, DaNae, Caleb, and Aedan
Please email us if you are interested in the nicer newsletter version with extra pictures. We have limited bandwidth each month and couldn’t send it as a mass distribution. If you want it for your reading or to print and share at church, please just say so in a comment on the blog and we will have her mom send it along to you!

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Last 9 Days...

Kia Ora Friends and Partners,

Kia Ora is the Maori way of saying ‘Hi” and “Be well/healthy”. It is so good to be able to write and connect with you. Over the last several days, we’ve only had internet access as we jumped on someone else’s router or were able to go to the library and get in the queue for a public one. You see, web access is slightly different here in NZ. Plans don’t have unlimited access like in the US. Instead, you pay for a certain gigabyte amount of usage. You don’t find free spots in cafes like you do in the states either. SO, finally having access at home feels like an incredible gift to us. I can sit here on the couch before bed and let you know what’s been happening.

Since we haven’t had internet, DaNae and I have been keeping notes to share from our time over the last several days. SO, without further ado, enjoy our life according to Rob:


Wednesday, 17 November
We made it! We are in the middle of our first full day in New Zealand. We (the four of us and lots of luggage – nothing got lost in the travels – boys or stuff) arrived yesterday at lunchtime to an awesome welcome – members of our new community at cession|community plus 1 (Stephanie Garey, another Global Partners missionary). What an awesome way to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new ones. Without much trouble, they split up our luggage and spirited us off to our home.

Cession blew us away by what they did for us. We arrived to a house already prepared for us, even with the touches that make it personal (pictures on the wall, fishing rods for the boys and I) – we could only say, “Wow!”. The boys each had their own room decorated according to their interests. DaNae and got a bit teary as we saw how they settled in to “their space.” For the rest of the afternoon, we enjoyed visiting with people and getting to know each other as we potlucked at our house for lunch. I still can’t get over the embracing welcome we received from everyone.

Caleb didn’t waste any time getting familiar with things. He left for a walk yesterday with a new friend (Isaac) from church to explore the neighborhood and then left with him later to watch his softball practice. Both of them are doing really well.

The trip here went much better than we expected. We were able to rest on the plane together as we travelled. The boys dove into the adventure and loved each step of the way. Jet lag has been very manageable – I think the most tired we felt was on our layover in Fiji. But, then again, it was 5 AM in the morning so that shouldn’t have surprised us. We went to bed early last night and slept through the night (Yay!).

Waking up was odd this morning. I laid in bed staring at the ceiling and saying, “We are no longer in the states. Even though waking up is the same, we’re actually in New Zealand.” I know it sounds obvious, but when you go to sleep in one country and then wake up in another, your body doesn’t feel like it’s really gone anywhere. It was kind of crazy.

Tonight we head to Brett’s for a potluck with folks from church. We also just had a surprise welcome from Richard Waugh, the General Superintendent of the church here. Richard is a friend from my first visit to New Zealand. I love that we live in a community where folks just drop in to visit and say, “hi.”

Thursday, 18 November
Last night was awesome. We spent the night at Brett’s home getting to know many of the people who call cession|community their church. Nothing says community like food, right? We enjoyed a yummy BBQ with friends (new and old).

Today, we explored our neighborhood. We can walk to most everything we will need – the supermarket, banks, church, library, post office, and pharmacy. We opened our bank accounts and signed up for library cards. We only walked through the grocery store – that will be a trip on its own as we try to figure out how to food shop. We also treated ourselves to Memphis Meltdowns – for those of you who have had one, you know what a treat this was. Think of a Dove Bar but WAAAYYY better!

I forgot to mention this yesterday. We have a new friend looking out for us here – Richelle. RIchelle , her husband Nigel, and their two boy served as missionaries in Ecuador for 8 years with SIM (Serving in Missions). They’ve been tasked with helping us adjust to life in New Zealand. Richelle’s given us a list to accomplish this week – everything from sending post cards to filling our car with petrol. So far, we’ve completed 3 and a half of the 12 things on our list.

Friday, 18 November
Last night, we were with the Buckley’s and Kelso’s cell group. One of the things cession organized for us was a week of meals with each cell group in the church. As Greg said, they are “one of cession’s communes (they share a house together). It was a very cool night as we got to know them.

Unfortunately, DaNae woke up not feeling well today. A bug’s been going around and DaNae picked it up. Let’s just say she’s really sick. The boys and I are trying to let her rest so she gets better and we stay healthy. I called to set up our phone and internet today – we should be connected by Monday afternoon – Yay!!

Saturday, 19 November
DaNae’s feeling better today. She’s still low energy but at least she can keep food in her. We continued to set up our household accounts (set up power today) and get things unpacked and organized.

We continued to expand our familiarity with our neighborhood by walking to the park today. We met Brett at the depot to see the space cession meets in. It’s an open space that they transform into a welcoming environment on Sundays. During the week, the church is in a shipping container outside of the building. On Sundays, it all comes out to make cession what it is – we can’t wait to see it set up tomorrow.

We also took the boys swimming today. There’s a community pool in the park that is open to the community – it’s like God knew our boys love to swim ;).

Sunday, 20 November
Last night, we had dinner with the Johnstone’s. We sat outside around the patio as the kids played (yes, they had kids – the boys loved it) and we got to know each other. We talked like we had been together for much longer than one night.

Church today was really cool. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the song, Mighty to Save. This song has been tied to significant moments in our life – when we started to attend MCC and knew that was our home for a bit, while we were at Saddleback on our way here (the service ended up being a reminder of what God has been doing in our lives – that may be another post), and then here at our first service at cession|community. This is a rich community and it’s a blessing to be a part of what God is doing here.

Monday, 21 November
We have our phone today – still no internet, though. We’re waiting for our modem to arrive and hope it will be here tomorrow.

We are finally moved into our house – all of our things are put away and organized (DaNae is a super-woman). While the kids were asleep, we managed to assemble two desks from a bunch of miscellaneous desk parts and snuck them into their rooms. Let’s just say they woke up and didn’t leave their rooms for a bit.

Tonight, we had a teaching team meeting to begin planning what the 2011 teaching calendar would look like at cession. I felt a bit like an observer as everyone reviewed 2010’s services but it was good to be a part of it. I like this team :).

Tuesday, 22 November
Today’s our one week anniversary in New Zealand. The week has gone by so fast. Jane (Richard Waugh’s wife) brought over flowers from her garden and Richelle gave us a really cool orange sunflower. Caleb’s celebrating by having the bug that DaNae had last week. It’s tough to see him so miserable and sick – we pray he’ll be better soon.

This morning, Aedan and I were a part of Mainely Music, a tot music program offered by cession for parents and toddlers in the community. It’s a pretty cool outreach to the community - seven of the ten families there aren’t part of cession’s community. We want to help sort out how to better connect with the families here and figure out some technical challenges (they need a better portable CD player to play the program’s music – about $400 here in NZ).

We found out today that there was a glitch in the system and our modem never was ordered by our internet provider. We should have internet by Friday . DaNae went grocery shopping with Kristen today (Brett’s wife and another American). They were shopping for our Thanksgiving dinner with other missionaries this Friday (US Thursday) and Kristen was showing DaNae the different places to shop and save money. She found out turkeys aren’t cheap here - $80 for a bird that feeds 14 people. We all chip in for the bird so it’s all good for a taste of home :)!

Wednesday, 23 November
We called home for the first time today. Last night, I ran over to the corner store and bought a calling card so we could do this. In New Zealand, calling cards allow you to call overseas for less than .02/minute. We woke up and rang DaNae’s folks – it was awesome to be able to talk to family!

We also had our first “How are you doing as you adjust?” debrief. Nigel and Richelle meet with us each week to talk through how we’re doing. I know I mentioned them before but these two are godsends! They’ve done this before and understand what a cultural adjustment is like. They are our people on the ground that we can be totally open with and will understand what we may be going through. By the way, remember the list. We did nine and a half out of twelve AND we have a new list for this week!

Thursday, 24 November
Last night, we were at the Masunu’s cell group. Another great group of people and awesome night of fellowship. Nata and Juanita run a home called Oasis House. They provide family support for families of children with disabilities. Their kids will join them for anywhere from a day or two a month to a few days a week. It gives the parents a break from giving constant care. We were able to share dinner with them and a couple of kids they care for. These two have a lot of love to share with the kids and families they work with. During the group, we spent the night playing an “activity” Juanita put together and praying with each other. Awesome night!

Remember earlier when I mentioned I love being in a culture where drop-in visitors were OK? Another pastor came by today – Atu is a pastor at Streams Community and was in the neighborhood. He stopped by to say “hi” and we spent the next hour and a half sharing our stories with each other and praying together.

We were also able to start sorting out our car – it is now in our name and licensed. We just need to sort out insurance and we can begin terrorizing New Zealanders by putting another American on the road!

Well, I think this brings us to today. It’s 1 AM Friday morning right now. Stateside, y’all should be getting up soon to enjoy Thanksgiving together. We probably won’t always do a play by play like this but it’s been a way for us to stay connected while we were waiting for our internet connection. The modem came this morning and I spent about an hour getting it set up. It’s good to be connected again. We pray that you can really enjoy the day today. Love on your families and take time to see how God’s walked with you this year. We all have a lot to be thankful for!

Monday, November 8, 2010

WE HAVE A DATE!!!!!

Many of you know this from our Face Book page and word of mouth. I am so sorry we have not updated here, things are moving so fast. But the word is........yes its true we have a date!!!! We leave this Saturday Nov. 13 (or the Kiwi way 13/11/10). This all went down like a whirl wind! We found out from the Embassy about two weeks ago that they received an email from the advisers in New Zealand that we were all clear for Visas. It still took some time to get the official paperwork to the embassy for them to issue the visas. We were woken up by the FedX man last Wednesday, who had our Visas in hand!! Then the chaos began! We were able to purchase tickets that same day, and the end result is the 13th......crazy!! So our good and faithful God has said "now is the time", so hard to believe. Our emotions have ran the spectrum - elation, panic, joy, tears, unbelief, excitement...........the list goes on and on. We have decided to wake up each day and just take it as it comes, work as hard as we can and not "fight" the roller coaster, just take in the ride. God in His power and strength has just carried our family each day.....and each day, its enough. So, we are packing suit cases, moving out of my parents house, scheduling time with family and loved ones, and doing all the things that need to be done to transfer life over seas. In all the craziness it has been a beautiful week, so many sweet sweet moments with those we love and today was our last Sunday with our precious church. We are so excited to begin this next phase of the journey and take all of you along with with us! There is so much more in my heart I want to say but for now I will get this information out and then we will update some more before stepping on the plane. We would not be here in this place if it was not for all of you that answered the "nudge" to pray for us and support us! Thank you. We love you! Please pray us through this week.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fully Surrender, No Negotiations.......

21"Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, "There's one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me."
22The man's face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go." (taken from Mark 10, The Message)

We have a new Senior Pastor at our church and the above was some of the scripture he used this past Sunday. It was a day that God knew I would be sitting in the seats and would need to be hearing some of what was said. I was reminded of surrender, total and complete surrender. What was shared about this passage in Mark 10 struck me in a whole new way. Jesus was asking the rich man to give (surrender) everything he had, everything he was, everything he thought….in other words his full “identity”, to God. As you see the man goes away sad, “heavy hearted”. It is obvious that he made the choice to not surrender. Here is the thing though; do you notice that Jesus lets him go? He does not call him back and say “ok ok, hold on just a moment and let’s talk about this, how about 80%? How does that work for you?” No, Jesus does not negotiate! He lets him go, its 100% or nothing. Wow! It has really made me ask “what am I holding on tight too and not about to let go”? This is a huge evaluation on so many different levels; our relationships, our possessions, our children, home, work, hobbies, habits, thought processes…..identity……I’m sure you can fill in 100 more blanks. There are those things that I “think” I have surrendered entirely but then realize maybe I have only “let go” to the point of when its going the way I think it will or should go. That is when I realize that surrender is also an ongoing thing and I am so thankful for a God who is full of grace.

I say I needed to hear this message last weekend because God used it to encourage my heart after learning there is some more “waiting” for New Zealand. We heard back from the Embassy on Saturday and received the unexpected answer of; “we want some more tests done on DaNae”. Although it was a bit of a surprise to read that letter, God has really used this week to help us process and learn through HIM. In reality this is “good” news, they just want some more information to be sure on some things. God clearly spoke to me on Sunday morning reminding me to surrender, surrender EVERYTHING, even medical processes, visa processes, it is not for me to decide “the way I think it should be or should have happened”……just surrender! So with my armor of God firmly in place we have dealt with many phone calls to doctors and several trips down to Exeter Hospital. As of last night everything has been done and everything looks great! We are just waiting on one more test. My doctors have been so understanding and so helpful, that right there is a gift from God. We are not sure what this next “waiting” process will be, we should know in the next few days what the “wait” might look like. What I do know is that we are at peace, we are trying daily (sometime hourly) to surrender, to just let God hem us in behind and before. In the mean time we also see each day, state-side, as a gift, and we don’t want to miss what God is doing each day, so we attempt to live fully present in each day. These days are full of opportunity to love on the relationships around us, to work on closing the funding gap so we can give NZ our full time, and transitioning our family.
Thank you for your prayers, please continue to pray! We know that God’s got this, and He knows what it looks like, we just need to surrender, not negotiate but fully surrender. We love praying for you too, so please, while we “wait” don’t hesitate to share with us ways we can be lifting you up too.
“actively waiting”, DaNae (Rob and boys)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Actively Waiting Update

HI all. We are still actively waiting on the embassy for our visa notification. When they received our documents on August 3, they informed us this step would take 30 days plus or minus. We are in the “minus” portion of that time frame right now and we’re praying we will hear from them any day now.

As we wait on this end, we are still preparing to leave. Most of our time is spent going through what we will take with us and what we will store, hunting for deals on suitcases, and connecting with friends and supporters before we leave. This past week, we enjoyed awesome evenings of good food and fellowship with the Alix’s/Watson’s and with the Lindsay’s. That’s one of the hard parts of being so close to leaving – catching up with people close to you when you know your time is limited.

We’ve also been working through a process called RAFT. It’s something another missionary from New Zealand suggested to us. RAFT stands for Reconciliation, Affirmation, Farewell, and Think Destination. She suggested we think through the process as we prepare to leave. For each of us, is there anyone we need to reconcile with so that relationships are left in a healthy state? Who do we want to affirm or thank – not just for this process but for their role in our lives? What and who do we need to say farewell to – people, places, favorite restaurants, pets, possessions, etc? What will life be like when we arrive in New Zealand (Think Destination)?

I love this process because it keeps this transition relational – we could get so focused on all the tasks in front of us that they end up overshadowing the important relationships we have. This has been a process we’ve begun to discuss and work through as a family. We were able to reconnect with my brother after not seeing each other for over seven years – what an awesome visit! We’ve savored the time we’ve had with both DaNae’s and my family. We’ve already said farewell to Chuck E. Cheese (on Aedan’s list) and have begun the process with friends as well. Unfortunately, the farewell list is huge – I don’t think we’ll complete that one.

So, thanks for waiting with us. We know God called us to this and love having each of you on our team.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

August is Here - What has been happening with the Reynolds?

This summer has been a whirlwind of activity so we can leave for New Zealand. DaNae and I feel so close to getting on the field, however, God has us here “just a bit” longer. We expect to hear back from the New Zealand Embassy regarding our visas any day now. Woohoo!

Our plan was to leave this month but that was stalled by the FBI. Let me explain. New Zealand requires a criminal background check for their visa. This is a fingerprint check by the FBI and takes 8-12 weeks to process. Both of us visited the police department for fingerprinting and sent in our forms back in February (This gave us two months of extra time to process our visas). In May, we both received our results from the FBI – my prints were fine, however, DaNae’s prints were too dark to read and had to be resubmitted. We had to wait another 10 weeks to get the results back before we could send our visa applications in. This meant that instead of submitting our visa applications to the New Zealand embassy in May, we had to wait until August when the FBI check for DaNae came back. We received her FBI report on July 31 and had our packet at the embassy by August 3. We’re not sure why God built this delay into our plan but we trust that He knows what He’s doing and will have us on a plane on His timetable. I find myself living in verses like Ephesians 3:20 - Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. There’s no doubt that God is able to get us to New Zealand at any time so I can trust that this delay is intentional and serves a purpose from His perspective. It makes it easier for me to live in the unknown when I remember I serve the God who knows!

So, right now, the embassy is processing our travel (visa) application. Because of DaNae’s medical history, a medical assessor in New Zealand is reviewing the records and should report back to the New Zealand embassy in early September. Will you take a minute right now and pray that this will be sooner than later and that he/she will see how her records testify to God’s healing?

Where are we at with this? Well, I’ll be honest; we’ve had our challenging moments when we want to ask God, “Why the delay when we’re so close?” At the same time, though, we are reminded that we are right at the brink of leaving. We are doing everything we can to live out Colossians 3:23-24 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” We’ve been able to use this time to reconnect with family (we visited my brother and his family – the last time we saw them was in 2001) to close up our life here in NH so we are ready to go when we get the clearance, and to prepare for life in a new culture. We’ve seen our boys go from leaving with reluctance (“I don’t want to leave my friends”) to being excited about the experience and wanting to see more of the world. Caleb has gone from being a child going with us to seeing a role He can play in God’s call for our family. A friend at Global Partners reminds us that we are “actively waiting on God.” That’s true – we are actively and eagerly waiting for what is so close. We’ll continue to update you as we hear more!

Tweet, tweet, tweet…

Hi all. You’ll notice a new button on the side of our blog. If you’re on Twitter, add us as a feed you follow (click on the button to go to our twitter page or search for us on twitter - littlebigisland). We’ll tweet about what’s going on while we’re in New Zealand and use it to notify everyone of blog updates. Kudos to Wilma Harrington as our 1st US follower and Reuben Dunn as our 1st New Zealand follower !!

Friday, June 18, 2010

April.....May.....NOW IT'S JUNE???!!!!

WOW!! Where has the last month gone!! We hope and pray that this update is finding all of you beginning to enjoy the early days of summer and the goodness of God. So much has happened since our last update, who knew that God would have done so much in the lives of us and those around us. There were several times that I went to update this blog, and the information just kept changing! So I’m jumping in now to let you know all that’s been going on, and then we will keep up with it as the countdown of our weeks till departure continues. First let me tell you that in our last update we shared with you about our matching gift donor. Well God used this information and moved in several hearts and the gift of 200.00 a month was matched! That is a total of 400.00 a month! On top of that we hit 191 prayer partners! That people is standing shoulder to shoulder for the kingdom of God! It doesn’t stop there, through this matching gift, the generosity of a new church and an overwhelming gift from a donor we are now at………………drum role please…………..75%!!!!!! Emotion wells up even as I type that! How amazing and faithful is our Lord! That last 25% breaks down to 28 people giving 50.00 a month. So much is starting to happen we feel as though we can literally see Gods hand placing all of the pieces of the puzzle together. The second cool development is the possibility of a house to rent in NZ. There are still details to be worked out, however there is a lot of promise in this house and the more we learn about the house itself, the landlords and even cost the more we feel that this just may be the place for our family. There is a laps between the current renters vacating and when we can arrive and funds are possibly needed to bridge that gap, so could you join us in praying that if this is where God would have our family live that all the details would be taken care of. We are also in the middle of a mountain of paper work for all 4 of our visas, that has been a bit daunting but we keep plugging away. The past month has also taken us to a few new churches, our family has enjoyed meeting congregations and pastors from VT and NY, it has been a joy to intersect our lives with theirs.
The end of April also brought some tough news that forced us to step out of our current day to day realities and focus our attention elsewhere for a bit. On April 21st (soon after our last update) our dear and precious friend of many years Eric Fox, stepped into the very presence of Jesus after a long hard fight with ALS. Last fall Eric asked Rob to lead his services for him, we decided to go with our boys so we took a week long trip to MI, to be with Eric’s wife and two children and celebrate his life. It was a beautiful week spent with many precious friends and al-though there is so much sorrow in the loss of Eric, he loved Jesus with his whole life and we know that he is made new and worships our Father face to face!
So, how are the Reynolds……….we are very well, we feel like our heads are spinning at times but then we stop and anchor ourselves and look to God for stability. Everything feels like an “A” priority right now, we must continue building up our team, we need to accomplish all the work for the visas, Rob has to work full time for our families needs and then we have to purge/move/pack everything for our actual move. Although there is so much work ahead of us, there is so much Joy being at this point in our journey. There are times that I add up the days and hours left against what all has to be done, and say “there is no way”! But when the mountain is that big that is when you have no choice but to look to God and know that He is bigger then all of it!
I feel like there is so much more to share, but I guess this is a start  Thank you for checking in on us and all that you do to stand shoulder to shoulder with us. Now that we are down to weeks before we go we will be combining some of our communication lists into one and doing weekly updates, so stay tuned!
Loving the journey and those God has chosen to “come along”,
Rob, DaNae, Caleb and Aedan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Happenings and a Matching Gift............

So many exciting things are going on! Its almost hard to keep up. It has been fun, crazy, a bit stressful at times, but always, we feel the under currant of Gods amazing power, provision and love! This month has brought some travel for us. We just returned from Texas, where we had the privilege of speaking at Northcrest Community Church. It was a great weekend (thank you Belts!) This coming weekend our family is off to Vermont to share NZ with 2 congregations on Friday night over dinner, and then an opportunity to speak at Hague Wesleyan Church in NY on Sunday. We are looking forward to meeting new people and traveling as a family!

The main reason I am writing this "note" to you, is to share with you an amazing gift that has come our way this month that you have an opportunity to be a part of. A family has come forward and has put a matching gift on the table. They are willing to meet dollar for dollar up to 200.00 a month, in monthly Faith Promise Giving!! What a blessing this has been! They don't care if it is 20 people giving 10.00 a month or 2 people giving 100.00 a month. If at any time during your journey with us God has prompted you to be a part of what He is doing in NZ financially, taking that step now would mean what ever he lays on your heart, then would be doubled. What a cool opportunity. This information is time sensitive, the donor has left the gift open until the end of April, so we have 12 days left. We realize that this is between you and God. It is not about "supporting the Reynolds", it IS about if God is asking you to be a part of what He is doing in NZ. And if its not NZ then ask Him what he would desire you to be a part of.

If you have any questions or would like more information you can send us a message and we will respond. If you do desire to move forward with this information you can go to www.praygivego.com, click on missionaries, click on directory and then scroll down alphabetically to find us.

Thank you for checking in with us, we hope you are Loving the spring and we will update again after VT/NY.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

6=24

 

WE HAVE A DATE!!  I still pinch myself that we have a date to go to New Zealand!  We mentioned this chart in our last newsletter.(just click on the chart to enlarge the image)  DaNae and I have six months before we leave for New Zealand - in that time, we are doing all we can to hit our support target so we can serve our full term with cession|community.  We firmly believe that God will use us as a 2 year bridge to jump start their community ministry and enable them to fund it once we move on.

Even though I haven't been in banking for years, I still like to play with numbers.  This chart is a result of me trying to answer what we need for support to stay an additional month.  Right now, we are funded for 8 months.  When we have another $250 in monthly support, we will be able to stay nine months.  After that, we only need an additional $195 in monthly support to stay ten months.  The beauty of compounding keeps dropping the number until we only need an additional $33 in monthly support to be in New Zealand full term.

Pretty exciting stuff, huh?  We are so excited to hear that people are praying through what God is doing in New Zealand and asking if God would allow them to partner with us.  It's awesome to see how God is drawing this team together to invest in the church on the other side of the globe!

So, if you aren't receiving our newsletter, please let us know and we'll add you to the email list, ok? 

Until next time,

Rob and the fam