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Spring Equipping April 24, 2014

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Hi friends!  We are half way through Spring DTS Equip – the leadership development seminar we lead. We have 14 wonderful participants and the most diverse group we have facilitated. The youngest is 18 and the oldest in their 60’s (with staff in their 70’s!). Various ministries are represented including:  Dance, Sports, Facilities, Children and Youth, Biblical Training, and of course DTS and Crossroads DTS programs. Both Molly and I have been teaching, as well as an amazing line-up of international and domestic teachers and trainers.

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One particular “paycheck” for us so far is the presence of Yuka (back row, easy to spot!) one of our key staff from Cambodia.  Yuka works with the South East Asia Equip in Cambodia.  Not only did he manage to raise money for the trip, but he received a visa within two weeks of applying, first try (that is a miracle in itself)!

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Molly and I continue to serve on our YWAM leadership council here in Montana which keeps us very busy. We are currently in one of the fullest seasons ever, with over 160 full-time staff now serving the nations from here, as well as just as many students taking training courses. We currently have teams in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Thailand, as well as many of our teaching and training staff serving in other nations such as Nepal, Ukraine, Mexico, and more.

Molly and I have also been blessed with our church family. We are actively involved in a church “life group”, sharing some of the leadership and pastoral cares. This has been very enjoyable for us; to be so involved in the body of Christ not only in the nations with YWAM, but also in the local community. This service will grow as the year progresses, which we will share more about in the months to come.

DSC006422014 is shaping up to be a busy year for us. In February I (Jeremy) recently completed my Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. We are currently building a house, the “West’s International Headquarters”, and as already mentioned we are half-way through the first DTS Equip of the year. Late June the Summer Montana Equip begins, mid-July the Eastern Europe Equip (in Ukraine) begins, then in September the Sth East Asia Equip kicks off in Cambodia. More details will follow as the year unfolds.  Whew!

The family is doing well. It’s hard to believe that the Samuel, Joel and Eden are in their last term for the year, and will have completed 6th grade, 4th grade and Kindergarten respectively.

Thank you for your continued prayer, communications and support. Having such a group of people supporting us is so encouraging and plays a HUGE role in the mission work we do. Together we are making a tangible difference.

Love to you all!

Jeremy, Molly, Samuel, Joel and Eden!

 

Headquarters – Family News April 14, 2014

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West’s International Headquarters Update

It is amazing to report, but we have almost finished the framing of our house!

We began mid March and things are really moving forward quickly. It is a surreal feeling witnessing our home come to reality. Our contractor has been fantastic; a real answer to prayer. God has been involved in many elements of the project. Here are some of our God-stories so far:

  • Many people have donated materials and time to us. Windows, doors, stone, financial gifts and more.
  • Our excavation cost an extra $2000 due to the discovery of blue-rock.   But then the following blessing happened to pay for it…
  • We received a call that someone was donating all of our roof shingles. That is worth around $2500!
  • Then, two days later a friend from church told us he would install all of the roofing for free!
  • Another friend from church is stone mason. He offered to provide the stone for our fireplace for free, as well as all of the labor to lay the stone!
  • We were going with Formica counter-tops… Then our contractor found a friend of his who is entering the granite counter business and convinced him to use our project as a way to move into the market, model his work, and advertise. We are getting granite for the cost of Formica!
  • We decided to make a change to the roof-trusses above the garage and make a bonus room (it will be unfinished initially). It was estimated that the cost of different trusses would only be around $1300 (very cheap for a huge room addition!). But, according to our (honest!) contractor they have only cost us an extra $650.

At every turn we are being blessed. Even though we are under contract with our builder, he is so happy to accommodate these donations and gifts, even though each one removes some of his profit margin.

Our next big miracle area will be appliances. We will soon need to select appliances to be installed. We are screening the clearance and returned sales at Lowes and Home Depot waiting for the right bargains to appear!

Here are some photos from start to present.  Thank you for celebrating this miracle with us.

 

March 12 – Footings in

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Framing – this happened remarkably quickly

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Trusses in

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Last week – Roof going on

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Notice all the sunny days?  That is another God story!

 

 

 

 

 

 
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