It is an honor to write to you today, as we continue on our journey of becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. God is teaching us to live by faith, surrendered and submitted to Him. Since our last newsletter, much has taken place – mostly we have continued to be molded and changed by God, which is our greatest need, joy and privilege.
We began this journey into missions two years ago and we have seen God work in amazing ways (everything God does and has ever done is amazing). We have witnessed God save and transform sixteen of our friends and family and have had the (amazing) privilege to partner in discipleship with many of them! Our second grandchild was born, our second daughter was married and our third and fourth grandchildren are on the way. One of our sons is in the Navy serving in Japan and our eight year old granddaughter knows Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was “Student of the Year.” We have experienced God’s (amazing) love, leading and provision!
We have also experienced spiritual warfare, intimidation and opposition. However, through every circumstance we have experienced God’s (amazing) peace and comfort like never before. “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on…” In January of 2006 we took a survey trip to Togo, West Africa.
While we were there God confirmed our call to missions and changed the direction of our careers. In July of 2006 we were appointed as ABWE missionaries (tour guides for God!) and NorthRidge Church then confirmed God’s calling as our sending church. In November of 2007 God sold “His” house along with many furnishings and moved us to a rented house in Westland, MI. In addition, we have experienced more serving opportunities with trips to South Africa, Montreal, Mississippi and New Zeeland “Whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7
Our current plan is to serve in the field for approximately 6 months to 1 year interspersed with return trips home that last about a month each. While in Togo, we will be serving within a global team of missionaries including doctors, nurses, educators, pastors, linguists, agriculturists, business people, tradesmen & women, all people who have experienced God’s amazing love.
As you can see, there are many areas of means and vocations that God can use to reach into this hurting world. It is an essential part of our global strategy to be the catalyst connecting people into loving, biblical communities and to facilitate church planting movements. Led by the local believers, the Body of Christ is established and growing throughout the world — working toward the goal that every nation would be a “sending nation” (missionary sending nation).
We are part of this faith based mission, and God is building our prayer and support team.
“Do you not say, ‘Four more months and then the harvest’?
I tell you, open your eyes and look to the fields!
They are ripe for harvest.” John 4:35
As we move into this next phase of our pre-field journey into global outreach, we ask you to partner with us. Since prayer is essential for all effective ministry, our greatest need is to have you praying for us. We also need committed monthly and yearly financial supporters. We believe that God will provide our needed support primarily through our friends and family — from those who know us, love us and trust us.
Our monthly support requirement needed when we are actively on the mission field will be $4,841.00. These funds will be used for housing, health insurance, social security, ministry expenses, outreach/evangelism, travel expenses, etc. This financial support seems daunting, but we are firm in our faith that where God guides, He provides. (As we continue to move more into full time pre-field ministry we will begin to draw some monthly support as needed, before departure to “the field”)
In his love, Gary & Siham Jasmund