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Summer in Full Swing

July 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

We are right in the middle of summer for the past two or three weeks now. Last week we saw high temperatures in the upper 80s Fahrenheit (upper 20s-low 30s Celsius). If you’re located in the US, those temperatures sound normal for summer. For Britain, however, this is a heatwave. There are rumours of hosepipe bans across the country as we’ve had the warmest June in 40 years!

What is the gospel?

As an OM team we recently spent an entire day discussing this and several other questions. To you, this might sound boring. Honestly, there were some on the team who felt that way, but our day of open discussion proved to be much more fruitful than anticipated. 

I worked with my leadership team, and we planned a fun day involving food, breakout discussions and group sharing. It was a blessing to have my boss and her successor (who are on OM’s global leadership team) participate in our discussions. These two people are normally located in Canada or Germany respectively

Our day had two main objectives. 1) As an organisation all of us in OM are tasked to think and pray through some questions and feed them back to our global leadership team. 2) These questions are helpful for each of us as missionaries to consider, and collectively as a team to understand where each other stand on these questions.

Our first question we considered was ‘what is the gospel?’ This question was followed by a discussion of 'what is the nature of the church'. It was eye opening to realise how broad the gospel is and how diverse is our understanding of the church. The desired objective was not to create a comprehensive statement describing the gospel or church. The objective was to gain a better understanding of scope and diversity of our understanding of these concepts.

Ellis wanted to give his input on the question, "What impact does generational trends have on missions" too!

The most exciting discussions for me were when we had our IT department discuss how OM could increase monthly global giving to missions to be 1 million donors by 2035. Others from our team discussed what it would take to get 1 million people mobilised into missions or 1 million churches formed by 2035. The creativity by the team here was very encouraging. 

The feedback after our team day was is all overwhelmingly positive. Those with OM for decades anticipated a long, boring day. In the end we ran out of time for each question, and everyone loved the discussions. I felt that we exceeded our two objectives. Now I am working out where to go from here. 

Praying for the Least Reached

Since March, OM have been praying for the ‘least reached’ people groups of the world. As a family, we use it as a geography lesson to learn about different people groups all over the world and where they are located.

We are enjoying praying for all the different peoples, and Asher and Eva Joy thank God that He will bring those people to Him (oh, to have that kind of faith!). Would you like to join us in praying for the ‘least reached’? Let us know, and we can send you a weekly email so you can pray along with us.

UK Homeschool Laws

It is difficult for me (Chrysti) to get involved in the home schooling community in Carlisle and the surrounding area. There are various cultural barriers that make it difficult—add the fact that I’m an introvert. However, a few weeks ago, we finally found a group we can be involved in! 

One of the biggest pieces of news amongst home educators in the UK is that the Department for Education is trying to pass legislation that will make home education more difficult in the UK. One of the ways to voice dissent is through a petition, and they happened to have someone collecting signatures at a gathering I’d intended to attend for ages. We met some lovely people and signed the petition too! Please pray those in charge of writing the legislation will consider the opinions of home educators in their decision. 


  • In our last update, we mentioned that we were participating in the Carlisle Colour Run in aid of Jigsaw Children’s Hospice. It was such a lovely time, and a bittersweet way to honour Titus’s short life. There were thousands of others there running on behalf of loved ones and to raise awareness. I could see this becoming an annual event for our family. 
  • Leon finally finished the shed at our allotment. Now we try to keep the potatoes and squashes watered throughout the dry summer.
  • Leon also had the opportunity to participate in a city-wide outreach. Give a Day to the City is a week in July when those from local churches can serve the community in a variety of ways. Leon helped clean up an area of a local park.
  • We have had a rough patch with availability of OM's IT services lately. This is due to the complexity of all our IT systems. I (Leon) am making many upgrades and change and this always has a risk associated with things breaking.
  • Leon has put his brother Lucas in touch with our web team to provide some consulting services on the website.

Prayer Points

  • Leon's brother and sister-in-law and their family have recently evacuated their home in Nicaragua due to political unrest. They have relocated to central Illinois for an indefinite period of time. Please pray for peace in Nicaragua and for Lucas and his family as they adjust to this challenging transition.
  • Near the end of July, Ellis has his one-year post-op check-up. He will get an examination from the surgeon as well as a scan of his abdomen and coccyx. Pray that this goes smoothly.
  • On Saturday (7 July) we have our annual American Independence Day BBQ at our home. Last year was a huge success, and we're praying for similar this year. Asher and Eva Joy are really excited to invite our neighbours to the party as well as friends from their swimming class. Please pray for a good turn out as well as for ordained conversations.
God Bless,
Leon, Chrysti, Asher, Eva Joy & Ellis xxxxx
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