We have used the same basic format for our emails since 2014, and have used the same blog outline since around 2016. I have thought about doing a redesign for well over a year and thought that I would have more time to invest in this project during our furlough. Well, here we are halfway through the year and we have finally transitioned into a new look. This includes our blog, our prayer letters, and our emails. Our goal is to send one email per week, in that email there will be access to a printable version of our latest prayer letter, as well as a link to the latest blog post. My goal is to release a post every week. These posts will be about Argentina, about missions, about serving the Lord, and about our family. I have already started writing blogs about deputation, church planting, and a few pointers on how to be an affective missionary. I will be publishing a new post each week.
I can remember being an assistant pastor at our home church. At one point, Pastor Lawrence asked me to be over the missions ministry. One of my responsibilities was to read the prayer letters, and contact the missionaries periodically. I can remember being frustrated as I read the latest prayer letter, but only to find that it was 6 – 8 months old! My frustration would continue as I looked for some way to contact the missionary but not being able to easily find that information (that was not the case with every missionary, many were very thorough and I understand there may be missionaries in some extreme remote location with little/no internet access, but at that time and even more so now, with the ever-growing technological advances, such places seem to be the exception, not the rule). I thought to myself, “If I ever become a missionary, I will make sure to keep everyone updated often and make my contact information clear and easy for others to find”. We have been missionaries since March of 2014 and we have tried to do just that! So with this new set up for our blog, weekly emails, and monthly prayer letters, we hope to take you with us on this important mission of church-planting in Argentina! You can expect our quick updates each Friday (excluding the first Friday of every month, that Friday is when we send a copy of our latest prayer letter). These quick updates our just quick, 4-6 sentence emails to keep you up-to-date on the ministry God has given us.
This is the new look for our blog, emails, and prayer letters. With it comes new opportunities to find out more about ministry in general, about what is going on in Argentina, and more about our family. We hope that you will walk with us weekly, come on this journey with us! Serving the Lord, whether in context of your local church or on the mission field, can have high “highs” and low “lows”, but I am sure if you are a child of God, you agree with me that it is an honor, privilege, and joy to serve Jesus!
Chuck Barton says
Thank you for your post and prayer letter. Have a great day!
Ami Gordon says
Great Job! The new look for your blog & newsletters look amazing! Thank you for your endeavors to keep us posted on the GREAT and MiGHTY things God is doing in your ministry.
Love & Prayers to you all!
Rachel Kelley says
I enjoy keeping up with your family! It helps me to remember to pray for y’all often. Thanks for keeping us updated. I love all the new stuff. Take care. Praying!