July has been a busy month. Much of this month has consisted of fundraising and preparing for the Motts arrival in Wichita.
Early in the month, I spent a week on staff at Sooner Youth Camp while Amy and the kids spent time in Texas with family. I always have a great experience at camp and get to renew friendships with some of the best, most generous people I know. That is a group of people who exude the spirit of Christ and make the Kingdom of God a reality for a week.
Kyle and I have made some good fundraising progress this month. July has been our best month of fundraising by far. We have made a lot of progress toward our goal of getting the Motts to Wichita. We still have some work to do, but we feel confident about moving forward and trusting God. Our total 5 year fundraising goal is $280,000. To date we have raised just over $190,000 in gifts and pledges which makes our remaining need around $90,000. We praise God for his faithfulness and trust we will have everything we need for the mission he has called us to.
The Motts spent several days in Wichita this month looking for a place to stay and for a part-time job for Kyle. After much searching they have a contract on a house close to ours and continue the arduous process of purchasing a new home. We are excited for them to move into the neighborhood and join us in living on mission for Jesus sometime near the end of August. On August 4th they closed on their old home in Kingsport, Tennessee and are spending time with family as they wait to close on their new home. Kyle will also be working at a Starbucks in Wichita and is set to start the week of August 22nd. Continue to pray for the Motts as they navigate this transition.
We continue to draw close to God and seek to follow him as he leads us in this mission. There are still many unanswered questions as we move forward, but we sense that we are right where God wants us to be. Relationships continue to develop. People are starting to show some interest in our mission and I am having my eyes opened to the brokenness of poverty, homelessness, human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Wichita. I don’t know exactly where we are going, but I’m pretty sure we are going somewhere. My sense is that we will have something resembling a church living on mission together pretty soon! Keep us in your prayers.