SIM Training

 Some pictures from our 2 weeks of training at SIM USA.  What an enriching and wonderful experience!  Surrounded by those blessed to go and serve all over the world!

SIM Campus
SIM campus
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June 2014 SIMgo class. Minus 2 for safety reason 😦
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You know your a missionary when…@ the end of the day you unpack your bag and you have an evangecube and rabies vaccine!
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Morning chapel. Wonderful way to start each day.
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Working in class on our support team database. Allowing us to keep in touch with each of you!
Building Community
One of the many great sessions. This one by Bob Hay on the importance of Community.
Learning from the Best
Learning from the experienced!
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Keeping our eyes on the prize!! Egbe Hospital here we come!!
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SIM staff V Appointees Volleyball Game!
Nick Testimony
Nick sharing our testimony!
Ackleys Prayer
Ackley’s praying for us after testimony. They grew up in Nigeria!!
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All of SIM gathered at lunch watching the world cup!
Bob and Carol
Bob and Carol Givens our amazing coaches, roommates and #1 fans!
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Next stop Egbe, Nigeria!

SIMgo and 30 days to go!

SIM signWe are currently in Charlotte, NC for SIMgo.  A two week long training program with our sending agency SIM.  We are also less than 30 days away from our departure date!  Our visas came in the mail just this morning and our plane tickets will be purchased today!  We need your prayers right now more then ever!  Please pray for us in the following ways over the next 30 days:

* Training– acquiring the knowledge we need to better equip ourselves for missionary life.  Also in, building relationships with the amazing people who are here at SIM USA and those going to serve all over the world!

* Time with family– good, meaningful time together the next few weeks.  As well as, peace as the anticipation climbs about being apart for a long period of time.

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Katie @ work, Nick not so much 😉

* Last 20% of monthly support to be fulfilled – we need approximately $500 more dollars pledge in monthly faith commitments.  That breaks down to commitments of 2 people @ $100 a month, 4 people @ $50 a month, 2 people @ $25 a month, 2 people @ $20 a month, 2 people @ $15 a month and we will be at 100% funding! Could you prayerfully consider fulfilling one of these spots and generously supporting our ministry.  If so, click HERE!

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vaccination time

Bringing me to my final thought and reason for wanting to write today.  It is in fact a little unnerving for Nick and I to be planning our departure and still sitting at less then 100% funding. However, through prayer and our personal relationship with God we feel confidant that mid July is in fact the date God is saying to us, “Go!” Therefore, we trust and know God will provide the rest by the time the engine of the plane cranks up!  We trust this because of stories like that of Joshua. Joshua was entrusted to take over for Moses and to lead the Israelites across the Jordan River to the promise land.   He confidently and zealously led the people straight towards the Jordan River trusting God would show them the way across.  God didn’t part the waters when Joshua was 20 miles out or 20% of the way there. Joshua had to go and lead in faith God would come through when the time came.  God in fact waited until Joshua and the Israelites with the Arc of the Covenant in tow put their feet in the water before His power was reveleaved and the river upstream stopped flowing!

Therefore, we plan to GO in 30 days trusting the holy spirit to move into the hearts of our last few financial partners during this time.   We trust Him to clear that path just in the nick of time!

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Celebrating the news from our parents that Nigerian visas have arrived!

 

At the Cliff

“The cliff edge of our anxiety about the future may indicate that God is calling us to a new and different level of faith. When we walk, praying for guidance, to the edge of all the light we have and breathlessly take the first step into the foggy mystery of the unknown, we must believe that one of two things will happen: either God will provide us with something rock-solid to land on and stand on, or he will teach us how to fly.” (from “The Crime of Living Cautiously” by Luci Shaw)

fire deptOur Pastor, Jeff Patterson, posted this quote the other night and it sure did hit home for Katie and I.  We certainly are stepping closer and closer to the edge of our personal cliff as we inch in on our departure date. You can feel the anxiousness set in. Our house is rented, cars are sold, furniture stored away, and clothes thinned out. Katie has now finished up her year at Union Cross Elementary School and resigned from her teaching career with Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools. I’ve come down to my last two shifts with the Winston Salem Fire Department, and will soon be holding my exit interview. As all this takes place we have caught ourselves counting all the “last”. What we thought would be a lot easier to walk away from has proven to be very difficult. The roots we have set over past few years may not be too incredibly deep yet, but are strong making stepping away very hard.

schoolAlso, we are blessed to be in the midst of some good quality family time as my cousins wedding, brothers wedding, family beach trips, and nephews 1st birthday take place. However, the excitement of these events can somewhat turn to uneasiness knowing these too are “last” and we will soon be a part for sometime. We are use to seeing our families daily, weekly or at least monthly so to be separated for a long period of time surely will carry some stress.

With this, I can feel God taking me deeper. Deeper into a faith I never had before. A reliance on Him and Him alone to make clear our path and to guide Katie and I. This trust has a very calming effect. Knowing what your doing is right, good and in HIS will gives us unspeakable joy. Stepping out in faith into a new life is very sobering, but at the same time the most rewarding and exciting experience we have ever been a part of. The process of leaving behind our American comforts to commit our life to that of missionaries has been full of anxiety.  However, we trust and can already feel God preparing that solid rock or those wings to fly!nick family

With our monthly support growing, but not yet reached we continue to ask for many to prayerfully consider partnering with us in this mission. Don’t take this post the wrong way here, we are extremely excited about our new life and EVEN MORE excited to share it with our team of supporters!  So, please join the team- we need you!!

Support through prayer by e-mailing Katie @ kate.riddle@sim.org

Support through financial gift HERE