Josh & Divine Austin (Mission Update)

Dear brethren,

Welcome to 2013! We pray your year has begun in a great way. We are looking forward to what lies ahead and the plans that the Lord has in store.

This is our first newsletter for the new work in Phoenix. Even though we are not in Phoenix yet, we are making preparations in every way to get us ready for the opportunities ahead. We hope that over the years there will be many great stories demonstrating the mighty works of God in the lives of many people.

Now that I am no longer the coordinator for Cameroon, I have been spending a lot of time researching Phoenix and the Native Americans who live there. We are also gathering information about church planting in a metro area verses a rural community. There is a lot to learn and we are making some good progress. We have been able to narrow Phoenix down to two or three main areas where there are more Native American people than others. We are now trying to decide where to locate our home and meeting places.

We have also been working on raising the rest of our support. We are at 75% of our needed budget. We are thankful for all of you who are helping us through this transition period into Phoenix. We appreciate your confidence in us in taking on this work. We are still planning on moving the first week of June, Lord willing.

The work here in Morenci continues to be blessed. We have been working in getting ready to find the next preacher upon my departure. There have been a couple of home Bible studies that are going good. The congregation is really a pleasure to work with, as there are so many who are doing the work of a Christian.

Unfortunately, our children all came down with colds. Fevers, coughs and runny noses take a lot of attention to help them through it. We are thankful they are on the up and up; nothing too serious so we praise God. The kids are enjoying all their sports classes and they are also taking a community Science class that they really liked. My parents and our family went to Phoenix to watch Disney On Ice. The Community had a special pricing for those that live here, which made it much more affordable to go. Everyone really enjoyed the show as well as getting some time with cousins in Phoenix.

We are especially praying for wisdom as we make decisions that affect the future of many souls. We are trying to do what is best for the future of our children, we are trying to do our best to reach people that we love and care about and we are trying to help congregations be a part of a work that brings glory to God. Please know you are in our continued prayers.

Posted on February 5, 2013 .