As I have been updating my blog the past couple of days I realized that it sounds like I am leaving Josiah Venture and the ministry in Czech. I want to clarify that Kori and I are full-time missionaries with JV and we are preparing to move back to Czech in April. Josiah Venture has told us to spend our first year of marriage (May 2012 - April 2013) in the US. We totally agreed with this based both on other newly-wed missionaries' experience and what we felt we both need as a couple. I am still a full-time employee of Josiah Venture. We are officially on home assignment until we return to the field next April. This means that our ministry has a differnet focus than when we are on the mission field in Czech. As a full-time employee of JV my responsibilities are 3-fold. First is focus on Kori's and my marriage. Second is support raising. And third is study. My study includes both preparing for ordination (I'm starting the process for ordination as a pastor by Friendship Church) and studying materials that JV and Sonlife Ministries have been writing and focusing on this year. I'll be focusing my full-time on these responsibilities. Kori will be substitute teaching in the fall part-time (while in Fairbanks) and joining me in support raising.
We'll be in Fairbanks this summer and the first part of the fall. In mid-October we head to Minnesota for a couple months. I want to introduce my bride to as many people as possible. This is our tentative schedule for the next 10 months:
- Now - Mid-October = support raising in Fairbanks, AK
- Mid-Oct - Mid-Dec = Support raising in Twin Cities
- Christmas with family in Fairbanks, AK
- January 7th - February 22nd, 2013 = Pre-field training in Colorado
- Late-Feb - April, 2013 = final support raising and preparations to head back to Czech.
- Late-April, 2013 = Fly back to Czech and move to Haviřov, Czech Republic.
Our new budget is:
Monthly: $6,200 (current level = $3,200; need to raise = $3,000) This includes salary, medical insurance, and ministry expenses.
Out-going one-time: $37,000 (none of that has been raised yet) This includes moving expenses, car, airfare, and pre-field training.
We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible while we are on home assignment.