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January 2016 – June 2016 Summary
55% Funded for 2016
Average Monthly Income: $4,247.79
Current Pledges: $3,017.33 / $4,941.50 per month
61% of our Monthly Goal
Year To Date: $32,776.54 / $59,297.96
55% of our Annual Goal
2 New Donors
This isn’t a glamorous post, but there are a few people out there who have been asking for it. I finally had time to sit down and pull all the financials together for our year to date, so I am posting those. The above summary has several neat stories, so I will share one with you.
Our rent is paid every six months in one lump sum. Through the transition of the person who was in charge of paychecks, a different person who pays our rent for us, and miscommunication that is common to every marriage, the money was paid in rent and then again to us in salary. This left our account with next to nothing in it. All of the details are stressful, but one detail many of you are already aware of is that we don’t find out our account standings until 1 ½ to 2 months later, so it was two months after this occurred that I discovered the discrepancy. But any frustration was unnecessary since God had already taken care of it through several special donations that happened at exactly the right time to keep our account with a “buffer” amount which we keep in the Horizons account for emergencies. It was an incredible way that God showed me how much he truly does care for us more than the lilies of the field.
Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. The logistics which Louis shared about last week can truly be a breaking point for many a missionary without help, and you all are such a help to us in so many ways. This year has had the potential to break us in many logistical ways, but through the faith and prayers and fundraisers that come with more prayers and fun stories and cards and gifts and love, we have been able to move into a state of thriving. It is hard to explain the immense love we receive from little things, but to know that someone made an Easter basket for the church auction in honor of us was so overwhelmingly loving that the money was just bonus. Or another person who gives their pledge each month, and then at the end of many months adds on a few more dollars that they have left in their budget. These reminders of your love and presence are a great boon to us when we are feeling lonely and homesick. We love you all so much. Thank you.