"Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. Isaiah 42: 1-4
We have been serving and doing Business as Mission (BAM) initiatives globally for 3+ years now. As you know, in late 2015 we moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand to serve with the Business as Mission Resource Team. In 2017 we moved back to the U.S. (Denver, Co.) to continue serving the BAM community globally by providing consulting, sales and marketing support. In the last 2 years, Ben has been consulting, doing project based work for many global BAM companies that are doing great missional work in India, Bangladesh, Philippines, China, and Uganda. This summer we moved back to Charlotte, to be close to family and community as we prayed and sought guidance and wisdom for our next steps. We were offered a great opportunity to work with a leading BAM project in Indonesia, but decided that the required financial needs would be more than we felt prepared to raise for living overseas long-term. So, we decided after council and prayer, that we needed to say no for now to this incredible opportunity.
We wanted to continue serving the BAM community, and was praying for an opportunity that can offer us some sort of financial compensation, with limited outside support. This vision, though a good one, has proven to be difficult as the majority of these missional enterprises have limited financial resources. We were at a crossroads, and pressed into the Lord for direction as we still believed in the call he placed on us for this mission. We wanted this to be His will to continue and not just our own hearts desire, and clearly we heard in prayer and through community to continue and to trust in His timing and provision.
In October, Ben was approached by 2 global BAM projects based in India and Nepal that needed U.S. representation, and they asked him if he would like to work with them, based here in Charlotte. We have been discussing how this could work, understanding our financial requirements. They have figured out a way to make a financial investment that is reasonable and requires only limited support. We came to an agreement and Ben started working for the India project in January, and should start with the Nepal project in March! We can see God's provision, though it required more testing of our faith.
Currently we are fundraising for this next step to launch this new season of ministry, and need limited financial support for some practical family needs, and ongoing ministry expenses. As you might know, we have been living with a family that attends our church, in their basement since we returned to Charlotte this summer. Though we are grateful for this provision, it is time for us to get our own place to live and get our family in a healthier living situation. (Our goal is to move into a home ASAP). These mission organizations will be providing a reasonable stipend, but we would be required to raise some limited support for this next step and to launch this ministry from Charlotte. Specifically, we need funds to ship our belongings that are in a storage unit in Colorado – to Charlotte, purchase some limited furnishings so we can get set-up in our own home, and Ben will be traveling some for the ministry the next several months. The total we need to raise is $7,000, we have seen great favor so far and have already raised $4,000 to date! (So currently need to raise $3,000) In addition, we need to raise about $1,000 a month for ongoing ministry expenses. (We have raised $600 so far, so now we only need to raise $400 a month!)
You can support us with a one-time gift or monthly donation. We appreciate you praying about joining our continuing ministry! Thank you for journeying with us as we serve the Lord in Business as Mission. We greatly appreciate your prayers and support over the past 3 years!
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Love, blessings & thanks!
Ben, Jennifer, Ari, Jude & Eli
Our mission is to equip people in the 10/40 window through business and economic activities, using biblical principles, with kingdom purpose.