"to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faithin me." Acts 26:18

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Missionary Associate Needed!

Dear friends - please be in prayer for us as we are seeking another missionary associate. 

We have enjoyed and been blessed by our current Missionary Associate, Tessa. She has helped us not only survive our first few months overseas, but to thrive during our transition here. The kids enjoy her company and Eric and I enjoy her laughter and sense of adventure. She has also blessed us by helping with meals, teaching, babysitting and just being an extra set of hands.

Living in a third-world situation requires much more work than in America. It takes much more effort to "make a home" (be a home-maker!) here. For example, to gather groceries, we buy eggs from "the egg woman" on one street, produce from the market (where we barter for every single item), other general items from the supermarket, and still other things, like medicine and clothing from other stores. In America, all of this can be accomplished in one short trip to Wal-Mart, even ending in getting a frozen meal for supper if you are really short on time, but here, for me to do a major shopping run takes most of the afternoon and there are no frozen meals to be had. :) Another set of hands to carry on with school and chores and making supper, or to run to the stores for me has been such a huge blessing!

Tessa's commitment to us was through December, so she will be returning to her family and church before Christmas. The time has passed quickly!

Another great blessing to having Tessa here, is that her own family values closely mirror ours. Not only is she reformed in her view of scripture, she also believes children are a blessing, the making of a Godly home is important, and that there is value in homeschooling.  She also enjoys being with our large family. It is so important to us to have the young women that comes to help us be a Godly role-model for our children.

We are praying that the Lord will raise up another young lady who will be a good match for us and be willing to come serve our family as a missionary associate. Our hope is that this kind of relationship would not only be a blessing to us, but also to the young lady that the Lord provides. We also feel like this is a great opportunity for a young lady to have a time of service on the mission field, but under the protection of a family. We are looking for at least a high school graduate.

We are trusting the Lord to answer our many prayers and provide us with just the right person. We would be delighted if you could pray with us to this end and contact us if you or someone you know might be interested in this position, or if you have any questions.


  1. How long is the "term" for a MA?

  2. Preferrably a year, but we did half a year with Tess. :)

  3. Is the position still open, Dianna? If so, I know of someone who is very interested...
    --Sarah Boer