Missions to Europe
Jim and Janice Dahl - Netherlands
Even though we have been in the States on home assignment, life at Tyndale continues. We rejoice in the new students who were welcomed this summer. The picture on the right is of the incoming students who took Greek this past summer. The picture below was taken as an encouragement for a student who had to leave suddenly for a family emergency. Please pray for Hannah and her family. While we have not been working full-time on things for Tyndale, we both have had significant responsibilities related to the work there. We are very, very grateful for those who remain at Tyndale who are carrying heavy workloads so that we can be here. Lauren and Artur are living in our house while we are in the U.S. They are finishing their last year at Tyndale. They have continued the tradition of using our house as a place for students to enjoy some recreation. Below is a group who helped Artur celebrate his birthday. As you see all of these faces, you see people who love Jesus and want to be better equipped to serve Him throughout the world. Many of these students can only come to Tyndale because they are offered scholarships. If you would like to help, we have a special project set up at WorldVenture for this purpose. You can donate on the website, www.worldventure.com, or by sending a check to WorldVenture. In either case, please indicate that this is for the “TTS Scholarship Fund.” Give thanks with a grateful heart… 2017 Since July, we have had the privilege of traveling through the U.S. visiting supporting churches, family and friends. Again, and again the idea of gratefulness has been at the forefront of most of our interactions with people. God has truly blessed. Does that mean that life has been easy for our supporters? No, many of them are struggling with serious health issues, heartaches for their children, doing jobs that put a meal on the table but do not seem fulfilling and many other challenges that we all face. But the thing that sets them apart is a gratefulness for God’s presence through it all and a thankfulness for the opportunity to face life each day. We have been overwhelmed by their generosity and love. We were in the Houston area after Hurricane Harvey, and have watched with the world the devastation of Irma and Maria, seen the tears of those who have lost their homes to wildfires and the senseless deaths in Las Vegas…and the list goes on. However, a song that I heard this summer reflects my thoughts in this daily challenge. It is sung by Mercy Me, and is called “Even If.” I have shared a few verses of it here. There is no good and satisfying way to explain all of these challenging things, but we choose on the basis of our relationship to God to trust Him in the most difficult moments. He is faithful and He is good! We are grieving the loss of Jim’s brother Joel. While we were attending a leadership conference in Gettysburg, we heard from Jim’s sister that Joel had fallen in his apartment and because of the fall, had passed away. He will be missed by the whole family. In August, we had some really fun news – Allie became engaged to Josh Morton. He is a missionary kid from Papua New Guinea. He is currently in the Navy and is stationed in the Persian Gulf for the next couple of years. We think that the two of them were truly made for each other. The wedding date will be at the mercy of the U.S. Navy…so stay tuned. We will be in the States until 18 January and can be reached at 616-617-3375 or at email@example.com. We have 5 more churches to visit and many individuals who are local. Please pray that we can be an encouragement in each and every meeting. Every time we begin a home assignment I have very unrealistic expectation as to how many visits we can fit in from coast to coast. Unfortunately, reality takes over and because of distance and time, we will not be able to see everyone who supports us. But we are truly grateful for each and every person who gives towards the work that God is doing at Tyndale. We always are amazed by your faithfulness and goodness towards us. As we gather with our loved ones for Thanksgiving and Christmas, may we always remember the One who by His sacrifice brings salvation and by His resurrection gives us joy and purpose in life. With much love, Jim and Janice Dahl
Missions to Europe
Tom and Barb Ward - England
Mary Gean Pegors March 25, 1929 – April 15 2016
We thank you all for praying for my mom and dad in these last days since we sent out our last update. Mom went to be with Jesus early this morning. She will be missed by us but we rejoice that her struggle is over and she is free. Dad, Paul, was by her side and two of her four children were near. Micah was also there as he had decided to stay the night with his grandpa.
Mom and dad married almost 65 years ago. They spent 37 years in Pakistan where mom was not only a great wife and mother but a wonderful friend, a school nurse at Murree Christian School and Karachi American School, a house parent at MCS, the administrator of Shikarpur Christian Hospital, field treasurer and a host of other jobs all of which she did with enthusiasm and great skill. After retirement mom and dad served together at Bibles for Mission Thrift Center for almost 20 years. They also did a 6 month term helping us here in London. She was involved in many ways in their local church, Oak Grove Church, Golden Valley, MN.
She loved and served the Lord Jesus throughout her life demonstrating to and sharing with others His grace. She was famous for her welcoming spirit and generous hospitality. We will miss her but know she is now with Jesus.
The memorial service will be on Saturday, April 23rd at Oak Grove Church. We will be there along with all four of our kids. Please pray that we will be an encouragement and support to dad.
We appreciate each of you so much and are so blessed to know that you are praying for us.
Barbara and Tom