Hello again to our faithful supporters. It is time for another update on our progress towards Norway. As of today there are 235 days until our expected departure date and things are still moving forward.
The House: This week we had our contractor come and start giving us final numbers for renovating one of our bathrooms. This is the only major project we will do prior to listing the house besides one room of carpet and some paint. Even though this is a minor job it feels like a major step for us. Just like the yard sale, this is one more step of faith towards the unknown.
The Trip: We were able to take another trip to meet old (and not so old) friends. We visited Minneapolis for about 24 hours, then 3 days in Oregon and then we had 4 nights in Glacier National Park (Montana). It was a great time of renewing friendships and relaxing in God’s awesome creation. Pictures are viewable through the link provided. The cityscapes are of Minneapolis at night and sunrise. The ones with a single mountain are Mt Hood, Oregon. Anything with the ocean is the Oregon coast between Lincoln City and Newport. The rest are from Glacier.
The Close(ish) Encounter: On our last morning in Glacier, I got up early and went to a local lake where moose were reported to be visiting. When I arrived, there was a cow and calf in the lake eating grass. A few minutes later a young bull arrived on scene and he was making the grunting sound that said he was feeling amorous. The cow didn’t appear to be impressed so she ran into the woods-about 50 yards from me- and he was in hot pursuit. (notice the pictures) This caused me great concern (scared) because I was alone at the lake and all I knew was there was a “moose on the loose” between me and my exit route. I could hear them running about but I had no idea of where they were or what direction they would go next. I had already picked the tree I would climb if needed but I wasn’t sure I would be able to provide much safety. After several minutes of quiet, I was able to make my way back to the trail and I had to pass about 20 yards from the cow and bull. I lived to tell the tale but I could hear Jo in the back of my mind saying “this isn’t safe!!!” BTW, the scenery was AWESOME!
The Office: work is somewhat slow now because we are in the off season for folks going on mission trips. But this is good because it is literally the first time in 3 years that Jo hasn’t felt overwhelmed at work. My replacement has been determined and that is good. But the best part is that she is the young lady who has been working for me for the past 18 months so she knows what is going on (better than I do) and it will be a smooth transition for the team.
Up Coming Trip: I will travel to Athens, Greece for a Short-Term Mission Conference on the 24th of this month. This will give me the opportunity to meet with other leaders from around OM and to start establishing policies that will streamline and simplify our processes. In the long run, that will translate into more missionaries on the field. It will be a great experience but it is over Jo’s birthday and she is not looking forward to that. I have already been warned that the present better be big this year!
Thank you all for reading and supporting us in this amazing journey that Jesus is leading us on. We feel very privileged and honored to be part of it. And if it wasn’t for your prayers and financial support, this would not be happening.
Dave and Jo
Pictures of our recent trip at: https://mckissickmilesphotos.shutterfly.com
Prayer requests: Raising Support
We have shared our story with over 25 households so far and 8 of them have agreed to become new financial supporters. We still have about 12 more households to contact or to receive an answer from.
We would ask you to pray specifically for the following items:
- That our remaining conversations would be fruitful
- That the folks who are still “thinking about it” would decide to support us
- That folks would start contributing now so their gifts will cover our start-up fees
- If we need to add names to our list of potential supporters, we would know who to add
- A church to support us
- Most missionaries have a church that agrees to pick up a percentage of their support. For several reasons, this isn’t the case with us.