International Ministries

U.S. Trip

August 10, 2010 Journal
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Dear Friends,

Jill and I just returned from a whirlwind visit in the States. The purpose of the trip was to reconnect with friends and family and supporting pastors and churches. On the whole it was a very successful trip. Jill traveled a few weeks early and laid the ground work. She spoke is several churches and met with some pastors. After I arrived later in the States we traveled to Oregon, Washington and Idaho. We spent several days in Pasadena, CA with pastors and church leaders there. In our home town of Bakersfield, CA we were showered with love and encouragement. We felt so blessed.

Two things impressed me about the US after being away for a year. The first was the  difficulties that some families are facing due to the economic down turn. During this year we've seen good friends loose their homes, marriages broken up and several churches struggle to meet their budgets. Everywhere we went people shared with us how hard things are financially. We are all passing through a difficult place.

The other thing that impressed me was the faith of the pastors that we met with. Several of the pastors shared of their difficult situations; but, in the same breath, encouraged us not to worry -  they and their churches were committed to keep us in Congo. Sometimes it's in this sacrificial giving that we show where our faith really lies. God is always faithful.

I can't tell you how encouraging this was to us. Not just the promise for financial support. That was good. But the real encouragement came from the pastor's confirmation that God wants us in Congo. When a pastor tells you that he believes with you that God has called you, it means a lot. We felt affirmed in our ministries and supported by our churches. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 says, “He who calls you will do it, because he is faithful.”(GNB) All glory be to Him.

While we were in the States we took a new family picture. I'm attaching a copy to this note to thank all of you who have supported us in the last year and to remind you to pray for us as we seek to do what God has called us to do here in Congo.

May God bless you richly,
Mike and Jill Lowery

P.S. – Our thanks to all the pastors that gave us time to speak from their pulpit, had lunch with us and strategized with us for the future. Thanks too to our MPT (Missionary Partnership Team) who worked hard to make this trip a success. Your support means more to us than we will ever be able to express.