The Andre Family – Nairobi, Kenya
As we enter into this season of Advent, we are reminded of a spirit of waiting. It’s nothing new for God’s people. Some two thousand years ago, the Israelites had been waiting centuries for their promised savior – God’s son, Jesus Christ. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son” (Galatians 4:4). Jesus, the Savior, finally here on earth as one of us, to connect with us, to die for us and rise again in order to redeem us.
In these last few months of settling into some sort of rhythm here in Kenya (that is completely different from any rhythm we’ve ever had in the past), we’ve done a lot of waiting. Waiting on our house to be painted and cleaned up after sitting empty for months prior to our arrival, waiting on furniture to be built, waiting on a car, waiting on our alien cards to be finalized (something we are still waiting on actually), waiting at the doctors office, waiting in traffic to get just about anywhere, waiting even just to meet more of our neighbors who literally work from sun-up to sun-down (or longer). There are days when it seems like all we do here is wait. And for us, coming from a culture where we’re wired to avoid waiting at all costs, where efficiency reigns king, waiting is really hard.
But, again, we’re reminded every year in this season (whether here in Kenya or back in Idaho) that there is something so beautiful to be found in the waiting. As we anticipate the arrival of our Savior and the time to celebrate his birth, we are anticipating all that God has for us here. And while some of that is still not entirely clear, what we do know is this: he has called us here for this time and as we are waiting for him to reveal more of his plan we are going to worship him even in the waiting. Isn’t that truly what Advent is all about?
For more information on the Andres including ways you can partner with them or receive personal updates, please contact Jordan and Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “S Family” – SE Asia
We can’t believe it! In less than 8 weeks our family of 6 will board a plane and fly ½ way across the world to SE Asia, where we will immediately dive into learning the language and culture of the people whom God has called us to. We are in awe of God’s handiwork, and we thank you for sending us as a Global extension of Anthem’s body. We pray that as we begin life in this foreign land, that you will be blessed and encouraged to hear how God is working through YOU… your prayers, sacrifice, and partnership… to do His kingdom work in a dark, lost and unreached land. Thank you for your trust, faith, love, support, and prayers. All for Jesus. The “S” Family
For security reasons, personal information about this family is not directly available here. For more information on the “S Family” including ways you can partner with them or receive personal updates, please contact Gary and Margo at email@example.com.
The “J Family” – Middle East
Building a good foundation takes time, it’s messy, and it’s nowhere near as ascetically pleasing as the building that will follow. For the last 10 months of living here, we have been building a foundation of language, cultural understanding, integration, and a new family rhythm and culture within this new culture.
Our primary foundation building season is this first two-year stint that is set apart to focus our energy on learning languages. For us, this means one year learning Turkish, and a little longer learning Persian. Our goal is to be fully active serving and discipling Persian speakers that are living here as refugees in a season of waiting and transition.
O Father, have mercy on us as we construct this foundation! We long for everything to be built on the true foundation of Jesus. We earnestly desire fruitful ministry to flow out of being connected to the Vine, a thriving marriage, and 5 joyful, confident kids!
We sincerely love and cherish our dear Anthem community. We praise God for your commitment to us, and desire your prayers regarding this foundation building season.
- A small minority of approximately 1 million Persian speaking refugees living in transition in a larger host country.
- Approximately 0.3% evangelical believers
- Mostly Shiite Muslim or atheistic background
- Reproducing a lifestyle of prayer, discipleship, and service among Persian speaking refugees.
- Teaching English, art therapy based on the Word, children & family activities
For security reasons, personal information about this family is not directly available here. For more information on the “J Family” including ways you can partner with them or receive personal updates, please contact Jed and Jaime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the state of West Bengal, India, Anthem Church has been the primary support for the EFM ministry since 2004, under the leadership of D.K. Sarkar, and his wife, Choity. DK will be retiring at the end of 2018, resulting in a major transition for both the ministry there and for Anthem Church. Biplab Gayen serves as the assistant and he is being groomed to succeed in the responsibility. It is expected that the Sarkar’s will be visiting us at Anthem late next year.
PRAYER: the necessary plans and planning that must go into the transition.
A serious viral disease called Dengue Fever, caused by mosquito bites, has infected many persons during the recent season. Our leaders, D.K. & Chioty, have recently been impacted and much prayer brought them through this serious illness. The rainy season is a particularly serious time.
PRAYER: for recovery of those who are sick and for good hygiene habits to prevent the disease.
A selected group of ten (10) persons is participating in monthly studies, over two days each month, for one year, as they prepare to become leaders of new worship groups and church plants. They have assignments to put their learnings into practice during the month as they connect with persons in their respective communities.
PRAYER: for each person going through the training to become church planter.
All of EFM’s national leaders within Southeast Asia recently held their triennial gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia. DK, Choity and Biplab attended and Anthem provided some of the funds so they could participate.