2. Called us to a new season and vision of ministry: Although pruning is never easy and always requires a transition, God used our time in Ethiopia and Jeremy’s paternity leave to allow us to hear God’s voice clearly regarding our next phase of ministry. This new calling involves expanding on opportunities that God started to bring to us late last year. Starting this month, Jeremy will continue his ministry with NMSI by moving into a new role in Child Sponsorship. Jeremy will be creating partnerships while providing program development and public speaking advocacy on tours for child sponsorship organizations such as ChildFund International, Food for the Hungry, Feed the Children, World Vision and Show Hope. Through these opportunities, Jeremy will connect these organizations to international marketplace ministries within NMSI and also hopes to invite Christians to join NMSI through short-term projects, internships and career-missions.
3. Increased our territory: Shortly after understanding our new calling, God began to quickly increase our territory! These are some of the recent developments:
- Over 2,700 Kenyan children sponsored through ChildFund International on the May 2015 Bible Tour that Jeremy spoke on w/ Steven Curtis Chapman.
- Jeremy traveled to Kenya, Zambia and Malawi with Ends of the Earth Cycling and developed a partnership with ChildFund International to see youth from Kenya and India sponsored on the upcoming BlueGrass Bike Ride in August and the Mid-Atlantic Bike Ride in September.
- Kat began working in the Hospitality Department at NMSI to help missionaries coming off the field and has already served 2 families from the Ukraine and Turkey!
- Developed partnership between Stop Hunger Now and ChildFund International to begin integrating child sponsorship into meal packaging events nationwide. Jeremy will begin a pilot-program through the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh warehouses later this year.
- Developed partnership between NMSI affiliate, Team Rock Ministry and ChildFund International. Team Rock is traveling to State Fairs across the country encouraging the audience to sponsor children, and has already seen over 100 children sponsored!
- Jeremy received invitations to speak & travel on the following tours/trips:
- 8.17 – 8.20 NICARAGUA – w/ Feed the Children
- 9.10 MO – CARMAN TOUR for ChildFund International
- 9.11 – 9.14 MD/PA – w/ Ends of the Earth Cycling for ChildFund International
- 9.15 – 9.24 WEST COAST – CARMAN TOUR for ChildFund International
- 9.25 – 9.26 Fullerton, CA – “CHRISTIAN MUSIC SUMMIT” for ChildFund International
- 10.15 – 11.8 West Coast – “THE DIGITAL AGE TOUR” (David Crowder’s former band) for Feed the Children
- DECEMBER 2015 – STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN CHRISTMAS TOUR for Show Hope
- 2016 CHINA – SHOW HOPE ORPHAN CARE CENTER
His name is Arefayne and he grew up in poverty in Ethiopia, Africa. In 2007, my brothers and I decided to sponsor him through Food for the Hungry and sponsored him for over 8 years! From 2007 until 2013, I traveled extensively leading worship in Willet, and advocating for child sponsorship. Most of 2013 and 2014, I unfortunately began to listen to the lies that child sponsorship “didn’t work” and that the U.S. Church was only interested in “taking care of our own.” This was obviously spiritual warfare, and it appeared to have defeated me because I took a long break from advocating for any child sponsorship. At the end of 2014, through the encouragement of a friend, I was invited back to public-speaking on behalf of children living in poverty on the Donny & Marie Christmas Tour. This began to renew a passion in me to return to my original calling to be a voice for the poor. Just a few months ago in Ethiopia during our adoption, I met back up with Arefayne for the first time in over 6 years and learned that he is graduating and becoming an engineer! The enemy had not won. I like to believe that our sponsorship had a small impact on Arefayne’s life, but, now I know that God used Arefayne to affirm a calling on my life, and it helped me make a decision that I could give the next 30 years of my life to.